The last time the Gold Coast celebrated a star halfback signing, it ended in tears.
But the Titans were on Monday so confident of young No.7 Kane Elgey’s NRL future they could afford to make backflip jokes.
Twelve months after they thought they had nabbed Daly Cherry-Evans, the Gold Coast reckoned they had secured something arguably better – their first homegrown superstar.
Recovering halfback Elgey confirmed on Monday he had ignored lucrative rival offers to re-sign with the Gold Coast for another two years.
Rising star Elgey’s signing ends speculation linking him to rival clubs including a reported $1.5 million three-year deal with the Dragons.
In a perfect world, Elgey would be chiming into the Titans halves with Cherry-Evans this NRL season.
But the Gold Coast are again rebuilding in 2016 after Cherry-Evans’ infamous backflip last June and Elgey’s season-ending knee injury in January.
Elgey will miss the entire 2016 season.
However, Titans coach Neil Henry was all smiles on Monday, even managing a laugh when reminded Elgey had a 10-day cooling off period after re-signing.
“Any concerns?” a smiling Henry then asked Elgey standing nearby.
“I think we will be right, touch wood.”
Instead of learning the ropes from Cherry-Evans, Elgey said he hoped to become the Titans’ star No.7 in his own right.
“I guess it was a good opportunity to learn from his calibre, but he’s not coming,” Elgey said.
“That’s in the past now.
“Now I want to be the No.7 for this club.”
Henry hoped the success of Elgey – one of only three locally bred Titans – would help the battling NRL club reconnect with their community.
“Born and bred here, that’s what it’s about,” Henry said.
“We want to keep our best players on the coast and the fans have a real connection to the local guys as well.
“We’ve got a great nursery here, we need to maintain that connection.”
Elgey made his NRL debut last year, playing 16 games and earning a Prime Minister’s XIII nod.
At 22, Elgey is already a member of the Titans’ leadership group.
“He has probably surprised himself after being thrown in at round four through necessity but he handled it well,” Henry said.
Elgey admitted he was tempted by rival offers.
“I looked into it but for me it’s always about friends and family, and the Titans gave me an opportunity and I wanted to be loyal,” he said.
“It’s a relief. I can get back to my knee and work towards next year.”