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The Jamal Fogarty ball is in Gold Coast’s court, where the Canberra Raiders offer the half-back a three-year deal to move to the capital. Fogarty’s management met with the Titans on Thursday in an attempt to complete his release so he could join Jack Wighton in the Raiders halves next season. The news comes as Tom Starling looks set to stay at Green Machine until the end of at least the 2023 NRL season, with a mutual option for 2024. The Canberra Times believes the contract is basically complete. Starling was already contracted to the Raiders for next season, but he has received an upgrade and an extension after proving to be a long-term option in the No.9 jersey. The 23-year-old played 19 games this season before being cut short due to a broken jaw. He formed a harmful combination with Josh Hodgson when he came off the bench to take on the hooking duties, with Hodgson switching to a ball-playing lock role. The way a mutual option works is that the player can decide to take it up for X amount, but if they choose not to do so, the club can take it up for a larger amount Y. MORE RAIDERS NEWS Canberra is also reached an agreement with Fogarty on a three-year deal to bring the Titans’ co-captain to the ACT. Now he just needs to get a release from the Gold Coast. The NRL club initially ruled out letting the 27-year-old go, but have softened their stance. Fogarty played 21 games this season, including the Titans’ semifinal appearance, but looked set to fall behind young half-back Toby Sexton next year. It opened the door for the Raiders to resolve their halfback dilemma following George Williams’ return to England due to homesickness halfway through the season. The Raiders want to bring Fogarty to Canberra as the organizing half-back to complement Wighton’s devastating running game – so that the latter could return to the form he showed on the way to winning the Dally M medal in 2020 and the Clive Churchill medal the year before. Tyrone Peachey is unlikely to come to Canberra, with the former Titans tool set to join the Wests Tigers. Peachey was faced with a choice between Tiger’s money and an option with the Raiders, and it is increasingly likely that he will choose the former. The Gold Coast told the 30-year-old that they would not sign him again after his three-year deal ended this year, when the Tigers were supposed to use some of their war chest to lure him to Concord. The Raiders have signed South Sydney prospect Brock Gardner on a training contract for next season. He has passed a doctor after overcoming a broken Achilles in January. The 21-year-old second rowing player is still missing his debut in the NRL.

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