General Titans hoping Smith isn't 'chasing coin'

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The Gold Coast Titans are hoping Jason Smith will choose a settled life with his family over a more lucrative offer from North Queensland when coming to a decision on his NRL future.

Titans chief executive Michael Searle and coach John Cartwright have met with the Canberra five-eighth's manager Sam Ayoub in Sydney and tabled a one-year offer believed to be worth about $150,000.

It's understood the Cowboys have offered the 34-year-old Smith an extra $50,000 to head even further north next year.

Smith - the second-oldest player in the NRL behind Newcastle's Craig Smith - is expected to announce his decision on Wednesday.

"We think we've put a reasonable offer to him, one that's fair on both parties," Searle said.

The Titans' biggest selling point revolves around Smith building a house at Billinudgel, near Byron Bay in northern NSW, where he will retire from football.

But 2005 grand finalist North Queensland can guarantee the former Queensland Origin and Australian representative a starting spot for more money, an enticement which could prove irresistible.

Searle believes cash is not the main motivating factor for Smith, who would have been set up for life financially following his stint with English club Hull from 2001 to 2004.

"Jason's at a stage of his career where the coin isn't the most important thing," Searle said.

"We pitched really heavily that he's got a young family that is starting school next year.

"They're the sort of emotional issues that players are considering these days.

"It's a definite selling point going to a region and having the kids stay in a school for a number of years rather than relocate them regularly."

The Titans would use Smith as an impact player off the bench or a back-up half if they succeeded in signing him.

"He's one of the last really good ball-players in our game," Searle said.

"He's one of those guys that can really dominant a game. He's like Wally Lewis in that he has the same sort of skills.

"They don't rush and they've got a great football brain."

Raiders halfback Todd Carney felt the Titans would benefit more than the Cowboys from securing the scheming pivot's services.

"I think Smithy would be great for the Titans because they'll have a new group of players who will want to go out there and prove a point straight away," Carney said.

"With Smithy there, he can slow it down and bring the team into a rhythm.

"That's the big thing with us and Smithy. He can slow the game down so we get back on track in what we've got to do. There's not many blokes who can do it."
 

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I wonder where the Gold Coast would play him, they've already got Prince and Campbell as their halves.
 

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Yeah, heard that a couple of hours after my comment, left the decision up to his family and they obviously chose the boys from Townsville.
 

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