Gold Coast coach Neil Henry says claims he’s told four of his most experienced players to leave the NRL club are nothing but speculation.
Henry has reportedly told co-captain Will Zillman, outside backs Josh Hoffman and David Mead and front-rower Luke Douglas they can find a new club at the end of the season.
The Titans boss wouldn’t confirm those reports, saying the speculation certainly wasn’t coming from anyone inside the club.
“I’m not going to talk about our contracted players, Meady’s off-contract regardless and there’s ongoing negotiations with players, but I won’t talk about speculation,” Henry said.
“It’s not from within the club.”
The Titans have recruited Konrad Hurrell from the Warriors and Nathan Peats from Parramatta since the season started.
They also are sure to face pressure to improve a deal for rising star Ash Taylor, who has blossomed into one of the competition’s brightest halves prospects with his impressive 2016 campaign.
Henry said managing the squad to fit under the NRL salary cap was a process that each club continually had to undergo.
“It’s how you manage your cap around our players,” he said.
“You’ve got players who, say, are around the back end of careers and they’re looking to say ‘I’m feeling fit, I’d like to play another three years’ … player managers shop their players, they say ‘he’s got one year to go, can I get three somewhere else?’
“They come with a bargaining tool and go ‘well, we can get this over here, you going to extend it?”
“That’s the nature of the cap and how you manage it.”