Glitter strip lures Sarginson to the Titans
GOLD Coast recruit Dan Sarginson has revealed he shunned the chance to play alongside the big three in Melbourne to join the Titans.
While most players would jump at the chance to pull on the same jersey as Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk, the 23-year-old bucked convention.
Having toured Australia with the England Test side, it was during this trip Sarginson fell in love with the glitter strip.
So when Neil Henry reached out around the same time the Storm made contact, it was an easy decision for the centre to make.
"At the time the two main clubs were Gold Coast and Melbourne,” Sarginson said.
"We came over for the Four Nations and spent a bit of time on the Gold Coast a few years ago. I fell in love with the place and thought this is the type of place I want to live.
"I always play my best when I'm enjoying my lifestyle and it's an exciting club. It all married up and that's what made my decision really.
"Obviously Melbourne has a massive history but we'd also been down there with the Four Nations and I wasn't too keen on the place.
"They're a completely different side. Some of those great players are coming to the back end of their careers.
"But the Titans have some great players like Kane Elgey and Ash Taylor who are just starting their careers.
"The deals were pretty much the same but I had my heart set on coming to Gold Coast.”
What helped him make his decision is that Sarginson was one of the first people let in on the club's recruitment plans.
Before the public ever got a sniff of Jarryd Hayne and Kevin Proctor headlining the club's hit-list, Sarginson knew of the long-term plan to lure these particular stars.
"While I was negotiating they were saying 'we're on to a few big signings',” Sarginson said.
"Kevin Proctor and Jarryd Hayne were in the pipelines. I got an insight. They said it wasn't guaranteed but 'these are the guys were looking at' and I thought 'this team means business'.
"They wanted some marquee players in and around their youth and that's what I wanted to be part of.”
An English international, Sarginson left Wigan at the end of last year for a fresh start in Australia.
Having purchased the premier sports package in England, for 10 pounds a month, Sarginson would consume as much NRL action as he could.
It was watching from abroad that Sarginson knew he had to crack the premier code.
Initially the Titans hoped to bring the utility in last season but Wigan wanted him to honour his deal, which he did.
"(Wigan) didn't want to let me go which I respect. I'm glad I stayed. We went on to win the (2016 Super League) premiership,” he said.
"The Gold Coast and a couple of other teams came in. I spoke to Neil Henry and he explained how they had such a young and promising squad.
"I'd been watching the NRL that season and saw how promising they looked considering they were tipped to be last.
"They've got something special going on with the talent and age of the team they've got.”