TITANS RESPOND TO HURRELL RUMOURS
Written by GREG PRICHARD, March 3, 2016
WARRIORS centre Konrad Hurrell’s name was mentioned as a “possible option” to Gold Coast during the pre-season but nothing more has come of it, says Titans CEO Graham Annesley.
Speculation has been rife in the last 24 hours that Hurrell is about to split with the Warriors, where he was left out of the team for the first-round game against Wests Tigers, and join Gold Coast.
Hurrell’s management has reportedly denied the speculation and Warriors CEO Jim Doyle says the club is not in negotiations with Gold Coast over the player.
RLW approached Annesley for comment. He says: “The facts of the situation are that Konrad Hurrell’s name was presented to us as a possible option some weeks ago, but we have heard nothing further since.”
Asked if the Titans are currently in talks with Hurrell’s management about signing the player, Annesley replied: “No.”
Annesley did not wish to discuss the matter any further, but it has been clear for some time now that the Titans are in need of a quality centre following the departure of James Roberts to Brisbane during the off-season.
If Hurrell was offered to Gold Coast as a genuine, ready-to-move option, it would be likely the club would be prepared to negotiate.
But it remains to be seen whether that happens, with speculation Tongan-born Hurrell wants to stay at the Warriors at least until he qualifies for New Zealand citizenship in a few months and perhaps for good. Last year he re-signed with the club until the end of the 2018 season.
Hurrell has had an up-and-down time as a Warriors player, due to form and weight fluctuations.
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden praised Hurrell during the pre-season for the way he had presented himself and gotten stuck into his work, but chose Blake Ayshford as Solomone Kata’s centre partner for the game against the Tigers at Campbelltown on Saturday.