TITANS halfback Ash Taylor says he never seriously considered returning to the Broncos after re-signing with the Gold Coast for the next four years.
Taylor inked a three-year contract extension with the Titans on Wednesday morning, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2021.
The 22-year-old was one of the NRL’s most in-demand halfbacks, leading to him securing a whopping $3 million deal.
Taylor cut his teeth at the Broncos and made his NRL debut for Brisbane in 2015, however was released by the club after being stuck behind first-choice halves Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett publicly declared he would look to bring Taylor back to Brisbane, but the Toowoomba product has secured a long-term future at the Gold Coast.
“I didn’t really think about that, it wasn’t really an option for me,” Taylor said.
“They’ve got a lot of key players there and couldn’t really fit me in the system.
“Wayne wanted me back there as it was all over the media, but for me, I don’t think it was the best option.
“I spoke to him (Bennett) at the airport and stuff, nothing official. We crossed paths every now and then but there wasn’t a chat about anything.”
New Titans coach Garth Brennan played a key role in retaining Taylor.
Brennan has acted as a mentor for Taylor over the past 18 months and said the Queensland Origin hopeful would take control of the Titans.
“Ash is a tremendous young man and an outstanding footballer who is central to our plans as we look to build a winning culture here at the Titans,” he said.
Brennan said he was uncommitted to who would partner Taylor in the halves next year with Kane Elgey and Jarryd Hayne candidates to wear the No. 6 jersey.