Titans snag Boyd on bumper deal
THE Gold Coast Titans have continued their multimillion-dollar recruitment drive by securing Canberra Test prop Shannon Boyd in a $2.4 million front-row coup.
Boyd has reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year deal that will see him join the Gold Coast next year until the end of 2022.
The recruitment of Boyd comes just 24 hours after the Gold Coast's $2.5 million retention of Queensland Origin prop Jarrod Wallace this week, also until 2022.
The Titans will announce Boyd's signing Wednesday afternoon.
Boyd, 25, played his 100th NRL match for the Raiders last week and will help form a promising forward pack on the Gold Coast next year.
The Titans have now secured captain Ryan James, aspiring Queensland lock Jai Arrow, Bryce Cartwright, Kevin Proctor, Wallace and Boyd for the foreseeable future.
The Gold Coast will also welcome Penrith utility Tyrone Peachey next season as part of coach Garth Brennan's blueprint to turn the Titans into a finals force.
Brennan is assembling a squad he believes can turn around the club's fortunes following just one finals appearance since 2010.
Boyd played four Tests for the Kangaroos in 2016, but did not play a part in Mal Meninga's victorious World Cup tournament last year.
At 194cm and 122kg, the hulking bookend will add plenty of size and aggression to Brennan's engine room.
Boyd was outstanding against the Titans just a fortnight ago, scoring the type of barge-over try that Brennan hopes he can deliver for the Gold Coast next season.
Brennan said on Tuesday the Titans could afford to accommodate both Wallace and Boyd under their salary cap for 2019 and beyond.
"If Shannon comes as well we could fit them both into our salary cap," he said.
"It would leave us lighter in other positions but a front row with Wallace, Boyd, Ryan James and Jai Arrow is a handy rotation.
"Shannon has some real size so I'm excited at the presence he could bring to our forward pack."