SYDNEY Roosters star Daniel Mortimer has revealed he has a contract with Gold Coast drawn up and ready to sign last October when new tricolours coach Trent Robinson stepped in to block the move.
Mortimer in May announced his re-signing until the end of 2015 but until Robinson returned from Catalan, he had his heart set on leaving.
It appears both clubs have benefited from the non-move with Aiden Sezer and Albert Kelly blooming into one of the NRL’s top halves pairings.
“I didn’t even think I’d be here, to be honest, 12 months ago,” Mortimer, 24, tells RLW.
“I was still contracted here for another year but I requested a release .
“I had the offer and the contract was all drawn up with the other club. It was the Titans. I was pretty close to signing with the Titans in October last year.
“But Robbo came in and it was before I’d even met him that I requested a release.
“He came in and he sat down with me – first time I met him – and he said ‘sorry mate, you’re not going anywhere.”
Mortimer’s bench role has been a feature of the Roosters’ rise to the top of the premiership heap a month out from the finals and his view of a his future at Bondi has been completely overhauled under Robinson.
“I’m enjoying my role and the boys are playing good footy and it’s nice to be in a winning team and a team with a good happy vibe around the club,” he said.
“I’m enjoying every single second of it.
“He wanted me to play here. He’s put some faith in me and I’ve played every game here. So while I was disappointed at the time … I knew he needed me here and I was pretty happy with that outcome.”
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