James Roberts certainly doesn’t want to be associated with the Titans any more. According to latest reports, Gold Coast Titans star, Roberts, has rejected a new contract from the NRL club following the forgery saga which rocked the Titans.
Roberts who primarily plays centre, fullback and wing, knocked out any offer which trails back to the Titans. This came as a huge blow to the Titan’s hopes as they believed they would have re-signed the Dally M centre-of-the-year, as per the Brisbane Times reports.
The former South Sydney and Penrith player, James Roberts, who scored 16 tries in 2015, turned down the legitimate offer after former football manager Scott Clark admitted to forging his signature on the paperwork.
Scott resigned since the episode came into light. “It’s obviously disappointing we are in this situation as we viewed James as part of the future of this club,” coach Neil Henry said in a statement.
“I’m sure he will concede that his improved form in 2015 is a testament to the hard work and the interest several people have taken in his welfare on and off the field which has enabled him to play his best football.”
“I can only wish him continued success wherever he decides to play.”
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Roberts teammates’ were disappointed with his departure from the club. Titans’ forward Greg Bird believed that James Roberts used the forgery episode as a “scapegoat” to leave the club.
“I was confident he was going to stay with us,” Bird said. “I had a chat with him and I was under the assumption that he would stay if we could be thereabouts in the negotiations when it came to money. Something has fallen over, details I’m not privy to. It’s still quite fresh.”
“We contributed to turning his career around,” Bird said. “Helping him out, putting him in the right direction. From being sacked from another club to getting Dally M centre of the year.
“The club has done a good job with him. Best of luck to him.”