Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Jamal Fogarty burst onto the scene in the NRL for the Gold Coast Titans last season after always maintaining a high standard for the Burleigh Bears in the Intrust Super Cup.
The 27-year-old continued to perform consistently for the Titans in 2021, scoring four tries, assisting 13, getting 11 linebreak assists, averaging 75 run metres per game and making 424 tackles for an efficiency rate of 89.4%, which makes it crazy to think that the club would be willing to let him go.
Rookie Toby Sexton’s emergence as one of the NRL’s most promising halves has thrown a spanner into the works on the Gold Coast, not to mention how good Jayden Campbell has been at fullback.
Speculation has begun as to how the Titans will fit both young guns into their side next season, with suggestions that AJ Brimson will move back to five-eighth to allow Campbell time to grow as a fullback.
It seems that the solution for this issue on the Gold Coast will be to let Fogarty go according to journalist Ben Dobbin.
“This is a situation that is playing out very slowly, but it is believed that Jamal Fogarty has played his last game for the Gold Coast Titans,” Dobbin said.
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“Still contracted with the club until 2023, it’s believed his management has been in discussion with the Canberra Raiders and there looks to be a deal very imminent.
“At the present moment, Fogarty would like to go to the nation’s capital next season. It would be a three-year deal, but the Titans are yet to have a formal offer from any rival club.
“Speaking to the Titans today, they said they would not stand in the way of a player that doesn’t want to be at the Gold Coast Titans.
“It’s believed he is likely to sign with the Canberra Raiders in the coming weeks.”
This move does make a lot of sense considering the fact that George Williams left the Raiders during the 2021 NRL season and signed for Warrington, leaving the role of halfback up for grabs at the club.
Fogarty would form a solid halves partnership with reigning Dally M Medallist Jack Wighton, giving the Raiders more of an opportunity to run the ball and play his natural game.
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