Gold Coast have moved to quash speculation giant former Test and Origin back-rower Dave Taylor has been shopped around to other NRL clubs.
Taylor reportedly sought assurances he is still wanted by the club amid concerns they may be looking to offload him following a string of inconsistent performances since his big-money move from South Sydney before last season.
In January the Titans released centre Jamal Idris from the final two years of his contract and there was talk they might do likewise with Taylor, who is contracted to the club until the end of 2016 on a deal worth around $400,000 a year.
But Gold Coast chief executive Graham Annesley said in a statement on Wednesday suggestions Taylor could be headed elsewhere were baseless.
“We want to assure fans that Dave Taylor is part of our ongoing plans and he definitely wants to remain with the Titans and play finals football for us,” Annesley said.
“He is a key member of a team and a potential match winner who continues to work hard to achieve the success he, his teammates and the club seek.
“It was written that Dave has sought assurances that he is still wanted by the club, when the fact was that he had been already given assurances that he is wanted by the club.
“I hope any speculation will end with that.”
Taylor was dropped to the Queensland Cup last year by Titans coach John Cartwright and admitted last week his fitness needed to improve.
The 25-year-old former Kangaroos forward said he wanted to stay with the Titans.
“I don’t know where this has come from but I am committed to doing my absolute best for the Titans and I am content that the club is committed to me,” Taylor said in the club statement.
“I hope this is the end of it. I just want to play good footy.”