Wallace signs 3-year deal with Titans
IT'S back to where it all started for former Sawtell Panther Jarrod Wallace.
The promising Brisbane Broncos prop has agreed to a three-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans starting in 2017.
Wallace, who turns 25 on Saturday, returns to the Gold Coast where he started his junior career with Runaway Bay.
He moved to Sawtell at the age of 13 when his father Craig signed on as the Panthers' captain-coach.
Before playing S G Ball (under-18s) in 2009 and National Youth League under-20s in 2010 as a Titan, Jarrod made his first grade debut with Sawtell as a teenager.
One of the factors in Wallace signing with Gold Coast is the fact he'll be reunited with the Titans' in-form fellow prop Ryan James who he played alongside at the Titans.
"It's exciting being able to head back to the Gold Coast where I still have a lot of family and join a club that is really on the rise," Wallace said.
"I still know a few of the guys there and have kept in contact with Ryan James who is having a great season; it will be good to be reunited with him.
"But first I want to finish the season strongly with the Broncos who gave me a start in the NRL and have helped me develop my game and taught me a lot about the professionalism needed at that level.
"However, I see this as an opportunity to hopefully establish myself in the NRL and go back to where my junior career began."