Freshly released Bryce Cartwright will play his best football under Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan according to the coach himself after Cartwright made waves on Saturday by joining the Titans.
Penrith released Cartwright on Saturday afternoon with the 23-year-old joining Brennan immediately in Queensland.
“I’ve worked with Bryce since he was 17,” Brennan told NRL.com.
“I’m really close to Bryce. If you speak to Gus (Panthers general manager Phil Gould) I think he’ll make comment that I am probably the only coach that’s going to get the best out of Bryce because of our relationship together.
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“He is a good guy. He comes from a good family. Yeah, he’s probably lost his way a little bit the last 12 or 18 months but he’s a good guy and I’m really excited to work with him going forward. I’m really excited to get him back playing the sort of football I know Bryce can play.”
Gould said he hoped to see Cartwright return to Penrith one day.
“It’s obviously disappointing to be releasing a player like Bryce Cartwright, however, we appreciate his desire to seek such a change,” Gould said.
“We hope that this move proves successful for Bryce, both on and off the field.”
Cartwright joins fellow recruits and former Panthers Mitch Rein, Leilani Latu and Michael Gordon on the Sunset Strip.