Titans utility switches to Warriors
New Zealand Warriors have signed utility Karl Lawton on a two-year deal from Gold Coast.
Lawton was released from his deal by the Titans after making 12 NRL appearances, all but one of which came last season.
The 22-year-old made his debut against the Auckland side in 2016 but broke his leg in the game and missed the rest of the season.
We really like what Karl has to offer and he'll be a great addition to our squad.Stephen Kearney
Last year he alternated between starting at hooker and being on the interchange bench.
Warriors general manager of football Brian Smith said it was good to have secured Lawton just a day after talented young five-eighth Ata Hingano left the club.
"While Karl's versatility is valuable, he's principally a five-eighth who'll give us experience and add to our depth in the halves," added Smith.
Lawton is the Warriors' 10th new signing for 2018 and the third to come from the Titans, following Aganatius Paasi and Leivaha Pulu.
Coach Stephen Kearney said: "We really like what Karl has to offer and he'll be a great addition to our squad. He lined up against us twice last season and we've also seen him in trials so we have a good understanding of his qualities."
The Auckland club have also upgraded the contracts of hooker Sam Cook and fullback Hayze Perham.
Cook missed just one of the Warriors' Intrust Super Premiership games last season.
Perham joined the club after playing both rugby union and league in Rotorua.
Kearney said it was pleasing to see the duo promoted, adding: "They've been wonderful during our pre-season training programme and also impressed in both trials."
The Warriors are 11/1 to win the grand final.
The Warriors are 37/20 to win their first game of the season while the Rabbitohs are at 9/20.
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