Origin prop Fotuaika re-signs with Titans long-term

Gold Coast have re-signed State of Origin prop Moeaki Fotuaika through to the end of 2027 as they prepare to usher in a new era under incoming coach Des Hasler.

Fotuaika enjoyed a career-best season in 2023, averaging 153 run metres a game and surging back into the Queensland side for games two and three of the Origin series.

The 23-year-old claimed a second Paul Broughton Medal this year as the Titans' most valuable player, having first picked the award up as a teenager in 2019.

A graduate of famous rugby league nursery Keebra Park High School, Fotuaika made his NRL debut with the Titans in 2018 and has gone on to play 121 first-grade games.

He had already been contracted for next year but would have been free to negotiate with rival clubs for 2025 from this November.

Instead, he has signed on with Gold Coast for another three seasons; only a handful of players, including Patrick Carrigan, Dylan Edwards and Nicho Hynes are tied to their current clubs for longer than Fotuaika now is.

"There were a few interests from other clubs but there were no serious talks," Fotuaika said.

"I knew where I wanted to be and that was here at the Titans.

"I'm looking forward to coming back in the pre-season and getting to work alongside the boys."

The Titans have now secured their two most important middle forwards, Fotuaika and captain Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, long-term.

David Fifita, Jayden Campbell, Alofiana Khan-Pereira and AJ Brimson also re-signed this season ahead of Hasler's arrival on the Gold Coast next season.

The ex-Manly and Canterbury boss will be the first NRL premiership-winning coach to lead the Titans, who abruptly sacked previous mentor Justin Holbrook in June.

Hasler's arrival signals optimism for a club that has played finals only once in the past seven seasons.

"Having Des at the forefront, and just everyone involved at the club, I think we can do some great things," Fotuaika said.