Gold Coast recruit Konrad Hurrell reluctantly left the Warriors but says he’s excited about the next chapter of his NRL career.
The 24-year-old was released from the final two-and-a-half seasons of his contract with the Auckland-based club after reportedly falling out with coach Andrew McFadden.
Hurrell, a fans’ favourite at the Warriors, only made three appearances for the club in 2016 and was one of six players stood down by McFadden after breaching team protocols last month with a boozy night out.
Despite his disappointment at how his time at the Warriors had come to an end, Hurrell said he was just focusing on his future at the Titans after his first training run on Tuesday with the club.
“It’s pretty tough, that’s the club that gave me the first opportunity and I started off my career playing under-20s there … I’ve been playing for the Warriors for the last four years,” Hurrell said.
“It’s a good thing though for the club and myself to go somewhere else and get a fresh start.”
Hurrell will link up with former Warriors Nathan Friend, Agnatius Paasi and Nathaniel Peteru at the Titans.
Despite those familiar faces and the Tongan international being linked to the Titans for months, he said it was only last week he’d been talked into making the move.
“It’s been a tough year for me, not getting some game time, but I’m excited I’m here,” he said.
“The coaches and the club … they say they’re going to bring the best out of me and they really want me here.”