The Gold Coast Titans have re-signed injury plagued utility Ryan Simpkins on a new one-year deal.
Simpkins will be reunited with his former Penrith Panthers second-grade coach, Garth Brennan, where the pair won the 2014 NSW Cup.
After injury cut his 2017 season short and with all the uncertainties surrounding the Titans, Simpkins thought he might of been heading back to plumbing before getting a lifeline from new coach Brennan.
"I was looking at my options elsewhere and possibly going overseas but most probably staying on the coast and going back to work," Simpkins told NRL.com.
Simpkins is eager to being working under his former mentor, now in a high-pressure NRL situation.
"It will be interesting to see how that evolves as a first grade coach but you speak to any of the players that have played under him, they all say the same thing," Simpkins said.
"He's a coach you want to play for.
"He's passionate and not in it for the glory of the money or anything like that.
"He's in it because he genuinely enjoys doing it and you feel that he takes a genuine interest in you as a person and as a player.
"He's got a blow-up in him. He can blow up as good as any of them and when it's time to train and work he's all business but away from football I feel he tries to get to know his players and wants more of a relationship than just player and coach."