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The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have today secured another major signing for the future with NSW State of Origin and Test forward Greg Bird re-signing with the club for another four years until the end of the 2017 season.
Despite fielding lucrative offers from rival clubs for his services, the 28-year-old has elected to remain on the Gold Coast in a show of loyalty to the club and its fans.
Bird has played 164 NRL matches including 58 for the Titans and has become one of the club's senior leaders in recent seasons.
iSelect Titans Chief Executive Officer David May said Bird had shown great loyalty to the club in committing to the Titans for the next four seasons - making him the longest contracted player at the club through to 2017.
"I think the fact that Greg has committed to the club long term when he had big money offers from elsewhere says a lot about the type of character he is and also how much the Titans mean to him,'' said May.
"He's been great for this club over the past three seasons so to have a player of his calibre staying with the Titans until the end of 2017 is a major coup for this club. It's a massive vote of confidence in what we are trying to build here.''
iSelect Titans Head Coach John Cartwright said it was great news for the club to be able to retain one of the club's senior players.
"Birdy has become an integral part of our team so it's great to be able to keep a senior player of his quality here for such an extended period of time,'' said Cartwright.
"He has definitely grown as a player and a person since he's been at club and I'm sure he will continue to do so over the next five years.''
Bird said he was now settled on the Gold Coast and excited to remain in Titans colours.
"I love it here at the Titans and although it was nice to have interest from other clubs, I really wanted to stay here on the Gold Coast,'' said Bird.
"I've got some great mates here and with the quality of players we have for next season and the future, I know there's some great things in store for this club. I'm really happy to have my future all sorted before the start of the season.''