Cobargo export Morgan Boyle has become one of the most wanted men in the NRL.
I think we can develop into a good side and I’d like to be a part of that.Morgan Boyle
The Gold Coast Titans back-rower/prop is reportedly being chased by up to six NRL clubs as he goes off-contract at the end of this season.
“It’s nice to have interest from other clubs, but the Gold Coast is a great place to live,” Boyle told the Daily Telegraph.
“As a team, we are getting some guys here developing into leaders and I’m learning a lot from them. I think we can develop into a good side and I’d like to be a part of that.”
Boyle made his debut earlier this season after a great run in the Auckland Nines tournament and has since been a standout performer for the injury-hampered Titans.
“He has trained really hard and made some really solid improvements in not only strength and conditioning but also in how he approaches the games and how he has defended and carries the ball,” coach Neil Henry said.
Henry said Boyle had impressed and was rewarded with an early shot at the top level of the national competition.
“I thought he would come into contention later in the year, but he has done everything right,” Henry said on the eve of Boyle’s debut.
Nine’s ‘NRL Mole’ is reporting the Tigers lead the charge in pursuit of Boyle’s services with a half-a-million-dollar-a-year contract offer up for grabs on the back of their loss of Aaron Woods.
As many as four other clubs are also reportedly offering up multiple-year deals, while the Titans are keen to keep their young starter.
However, Boyle said he loves the lifestyle on the Gold Coast and hinted he was eager to stay with the club as he wanted to make his own mark on the competition.
He had previously served in the Canberra Raiders under 20s, but opted to take up a role with the Titans so he could make his own mark on the competition and not be compared to his father David – an icon of the Canberra club.
Since his debut Boyle has gone from strength to strength with the Titans – playing out the full 80 minutes during the Titans’ loss to the Cowboys, but has put in some hard yards for the Gold Coast Club.
He made 181 metres off 18 carries during the club’s gritty 38-36 win over the Melbourne Storm in round 10.
His carries have also averaged out to about 10-metres a run, which is a good figure for any player in the national competition.