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Former Cronulla Sharks bad boy Greg Bird will return to the NRL competition in 2010 after signing a one year deal with the Gold Coast Titans. Bird knocked back a massive offer from the Catalans Dragons to re-join the National Rugby League.
The NRL approved the deal today in a move that will see Bird play for one season with the club, with three future one-year options available. It is likely that he will partner skipper Scott Prince in the halves, with Mat Rogers playing the year in the centres.
Bird last played in the NRL in 2008 before he was found guilty of assault against girlfriend Katie Milligan. He spent last season playing for the Catalans Dragons club, helping them to the late stages of the English Super League competition.
Following an appeal, Bird was found innocent of assault last month. It was rumoured that both Brisbane and North Queensland were interested in signing him, but Gold Coast have won the battle for his signature.
Titans Media Release for Monday, December 7, 2009:
Bird to resume NRL career with Titans
The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans are pleased to announce the signing of Australian and NSW representative Greg Bird.
Bird made his first appearance at Jetstar Titans training today after both parties agreed to the terms of a uniquely structured contract.
Bird has signed a one-year deal for next season which comes with an option every year for the next three seasons - making it a potential four-year deal.
The agreement will require Bird to meet the strict requirements of the Jetstar Titans