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OLD Leilani Latu to sign with Gold Coast

Discussion in 'Rumour Archive' started by chisdog, Nov 23, 2017.

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  1. chisdog

    chisdog Kennel Enthusiast

    Jun 25, 2010
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    Panthers prop Leilani Latu is on the verge of joining the Titans after visiting the Gold Coast with his partner today.

    7th Tackle can reveal Latu has fielded a healthy three-year offer from the Titans, who are now coached by his one-time mentor from Penrith, Garth Brennan.

    Brennan helped guide Latu back through the lower grades from a devastating leg injury that ended the front rower's career at Canterbury.

    Latu made a huge impression at NRL level in 2016, earning representative honours with City Origin. He was quieter in 2017; the 24-year-old's season ending with a broken jaw a month before the finals.

    Although Latu has another three years to run on his contract at the foot of the mountains, the Panthers will not stand in his way if he decides to move Interstate.

    There had been speculation earlier this year that Latu wanted a release, and the Warriors were chasing him hard. However, his partner is pregnant and with her family based in Sydney, any call to leave would be tough.

    Should Latu go he'd be the third Panther to gain a release in the past month - and Brennan's second catch from his former club. Hooker Mitch Rein landed on the holiday strip this week, while ex-captain Matt Moylan is now at Cronulla.

    Latu's release would also give Penrith more salary cap breathing space. It's understood representative bonuses have put them on the edge, with the signing of James Maloney to be ratified once his World Cup duties are finished early next month.
  2. Mitch Connor

    Mitch Connor Super Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 26, 2005
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    He’ll be good for them after losing Paasi.

    A glut of forwards at Penrith.. They love nothing more than to sign players long term and release them after a year.
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  3. Bulldogs09

    Bulldogs09 Immortal

    Feb 12, 2009
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    I’d love Latu back.

    See if titans want tolman or eastwood lol or both
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  4. David holland

    David holland Forum Regular Gilded x2 Premium Member Gilded

    May 28, 2017
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    Rumour was he was going ,of course everybody denied it
  5. KLil

    KLil Kennel Addict

    Aug 5, 2011
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    Paasi and Pulu are massive losses for the Titans and it will be hard for anyone to do what they did for them. I'd go as far as saying they are the most underrated forwards in the comp.
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