Strong rumours are emerging that Gold Coast Titans have made English second rower Joe Greenwood available for an immediate transfer and, while the player has professed his desire to fight for his place, the club may seek to move him on regardless.
Currently playing for the Titans’ feeder team Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup, Greenwood said “I’m here for the long haul,” further adding that “it’s a beautiful place to live so I’ll just wait for my opportunity and see what comes from there.” The former St Helens player made twenty-two appearances for the NRL club last season but, following a coaching change which saw Garth Brennan take over from Neil Henry, has failed to be included in any of the club’s twenty-one man squads since round three in 2018.
Current Super League champions Leeds Rhinos, Hull KR and ambitious Toronto Wolfpack have been linked with the player and all seem viable opportunities and would no doubt relish having the 25 year old forward in their squad. The Rhinos are on the lookout for younger second rowers with Carl Ablett, Brett Delaney and Jamie Jones-Buchanan approaching the ends of their careers and Brett Ferres being past the age of thirty, Brian McDermott will be hoping that the club can secure some younger talent to form the basis of a long term second row partnership with Stevie Ward. Leeds also have the luxury of salary cap space following veteran forward Keith Galloway’s retirement earlier this season from elite level rugby. Greenwood’s brother, James, is currently playing in Hull for the Robins and Toronto are able to financially compete with Super League clubs for their top targets as they aim to feature in Super League 2019.