In a statement released on the club’s website, the Gold Coast Titans have confirmed the signing of former South Sydney and Penrith star Chris Grevsmuhl for two seasons through to the end of the 2018 campaign.
Grevsmuhl was released from his contract at the Penrith Panthers in November 2016 on personal grounds and had been working as a tradie in the central west of New South Wales before linking up with the Gold Coast outfit over the last few weeks to develop a support network to allow him to get the best of his on-field talent.
A move closer to home
A Townsville Brothers junior, the move represents a move back toward a support network of family and friends, which will be a key factor in the success of the move, given the personal issues that had plagued the 43-game veteran in Sydney while with the Rabbitohs and Panthers.
Gold Coast Titans head coach Neil Henry has previously worked with Grevsmuhl while the pair were at the North Queensland Cowboys and it is believed a reunion with the coach is a driving factor behind Grevsmuhl’s decision to backflip on his move to Orange, in the central west of New South Wales, where he had been working as a labourer and had been recently featured in a Daily Telegraph article gushing over his new lifestyle and the stress-free life he was living out of the spotlight that naturally comes with being an NRL footballer.
Working with Chris
Henry is quoted in the Titans statement as saying “Chris has obviously had some personal issues that he has had to deal with over the last few months and as a club we’ve taken our time to work with him to get the best results for everyone.”
“Whilst we know the talents Chris has on the field, we will continue to assist him in all areas of his life, both on and off the field.”
Grevsmuhl joins a Titans outfit coming off a stellar performance and an upset win over the Parramatta Eels and could prove a vital cog in a team still trying to develop and understand its own identity, particularly when star man Jarryd Hayne is fit and involved.
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