Cartwright leaves Penrith for Titans

04 February 2018 07:45:03 EST

Gold Coast have signed forward Bryce Cartwright on a four-year deal after he was released by Penrith Panthers.

The move had been in the pipeline since the middle of last week, when the Panthers made it clear the 23-year-old needed to do better to earn a new deal.

Cartwright, who had an emotionally draining 2017 with off-field issues plaguing his life, opted to seek a fresh start with the Titans.

I'm really excited to get him back playing the sort of football I know Bryce can play.

Garth Brennan

The second-rower has linked up again with former Panthers lower-grade mentor Garth Brennan, who played a large part in his development through the ranks at Penrith.

He becomes the third player to link with Brennan at the Titans following on from Leilani Latu and Mitch Rein.

Speaking of Cartwright, who made his NRL bow for Penrith in 2014 and has now played 69 games, Brennan said he had known him since he was 17.

"I've seen him develop over the past seven years and I believe he is one of the most skilful players I've seen on a football field," added the Gold Coast coach. "He is a massive signing for the club and we look forward to seeing him in Titans colours."

"He's probably lost his way a little bit the last 12 or 18 months but he's a good guy and I'm really excited to work with him going forward. I'm really excited to get him back playing the sort of football I know Bryce can play."

Penrith executive general manager Phil Gould said it was disappointing to be releasing Cartwright, who had been under contract until the end of 2021, but the club appreciated his desire to seek a change.

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