Gallop sides with Titans over

The National Rugby League is siding with the Gold Coast Titans in their contractual dispute with Melbourne winger Steve Turner. The Titans trumpeted the recruitment of Turner on a three-year deal in mid June but the 21-year-old had a change of heart and re-signed with the Storm last night until the end of 2009.

NRL boss David Gallop says after discussing the issue with Gold Coast managing director Michael Searle today, he believes a deal had been struck between Turner and the Titans. Turner never signed a contract or letter of intent with the Titans but Gallop says that's not necessary to constitute a legally binding agreement.

Gallop says he's received an email from Turner's manager David Riolo which fully supports the Titans' case.