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North Queensland have changed their mind about chasing disgraced Brisbane Bronco forward Neville Costigan.
Cowboys football manager Kelly Egan held informal talks with Costigan while in Mackay early this week after which the 21 year-old revealed the North Queensland club was set to offer him a two-year deal. But Cowboys chief executive Peter Parr says the club has had a change of heart about recruiting Costigan whose contract with Brisbane was terminated last Thursday after a series of off-field indiscretions.
Canberra will meet with Costigan on Friday while the Gold Coast Titans, who have a vacancy on their player list after winger Steve Turner's decision to stay with Melbourne, are both now the favourites to pick him up next season.
Titans boss Michael Searle will meet with the NRL this afternoon in a bid to resolve a contractual dispute with Melbourne winger Steve Turner.
The 21-year-old Turner has been touted as a key signing for the Titans for weeks but he had a change of heart and re-signed with he Storm last night for another three years. In a major embarrassment for the new club, Turner never signed a contract or letter of intent with the Titans, who insist he made a commitment to join them and should honour it.
Searle will meet with NRL CEO David Gallop in Sydney later today. The Titans have announced Gold Coast-based business ABC Brick Sales as their sleeve sponsor for the next three years.
Meanwhile, Parramatta winger Eric Grothe has declared the Eels can go all the way and win the NRL premiership. Grothe's bold prediction comes as the Eels have notched up an eight-match winning streak to climb into the top-four on for-and-against.
The Eels will have a chance to further press for a home semi-final with a victory against the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium on Sunday.