Gold Coast Titans Target Dale Copley

The Titans are in deep negotiations with Rooster Dale Copley to sign him for the 2017 season.

Gold Coast are desperate to rebuild their outside backs stocks, after the club lost Josh Hoffman (Eels) Nene McDonald (Dragons) and David Mead (Broncos) at the end of the 2016 season.

Copley is currently contracted to the Roosters until the end of the 2018 season, but the Roosters are allowing Copley to negotiate with other clubs as they look to relieve salary cap issues and make room for their big play for Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco.

Gold Coast Titans Chief Operating Officer Tony Mestrov confirmed the club’s interest.

“If Dale was released from his contract, we would be interested in him,” Mestrov told The Daily Telegraph.

“He is a quality player, he is a Queensland kid so he’d be a good fit for the Titans.

“He is still contracted to the Roosters so whether it becomes a reality is another matter.

“We’ve lost a few outside backs and that’s one area we are looking to strengthen. He would bolster the centre and wing positions and he would be definite starter in either position.

“I thought he had a good season at the Roosters last year. I would be surprised if they let him go but if they do, we have the funds in the salary cap to accommodate him.

Copley, 25, played only managed 14 games for the Roosters in 2016, due to a pectoral muscle injury in round 3, against the North Queensland Cowboys, that made him miss 10 weeks of football.

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Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–15 Brisbane Broncos 72 31 0 0 124
2016– Sydney Roosters 14 5 0 0 20
  Total 86 36 0 0 144