Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since inaugural captain Scott Prince left the club at the end of 2012, the Gold Coast Titans have been looking for their next star halfback and it seems that they may have found him in promising young half Shallin Fuller who they have signed on a three-year deal.
The 21-year-old made his Intrust Super Cup debut for the Burleigh Bears in their round eight win over the Townsville Blackhawks and has gone on to play a further six games for the Bears in the competition where he has scored four tries, assisted 10, gotten 10 line break assists, averaged 83 running metres per game and made 79 tackles for an efficiency rate of 85%.
Fuller first burst onto the scene when he joined the Bears under 20s side in 2019, which may never have happened if it wasn’t for the current Gold Coast Titans halfback and captain Jamal Fogarty convincing him to join the club.
Despite signing with the Titans it is likely that we will see Fuller remain in the Intrust Super Cup to start next season, likely at the Bears, as Toby Sexton seems to have cemented himself a starting spot for the Titans alongside Jamal Fogarty, but do not be surprised if Justin Holbrook jumps at the chance to give Fuller his NRL debut if an opportunity presents itself.
In the past, Fuller has been likened to Rugby League legend Johnathan Thurston, a comparison that is sure to get Titans fans excited.
For now, it is important that Fuller focuses on having a strong end to the season with Burleigh, as the defending champions currently sit in third on the Intrust Super Cup ladder and are one of the form teams heading into the finals, winning four of their last five games, with the Bears boasting plenty of experience in their ranks in the form of captain Luke Page and Patrick Polotoni, as well as youth in the form of young Fuller.
They face the Ipswich Jets this Saturday evening at 5:00 PM at North Ipswich Reserve, with Fuller starting at halfback.