Wigan reserve full-back Matty Russell has agreed a two-year deal with NRL outfit Gold Coast Titans

Last Updated: 03/10/12 8:41pm

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Matty Russell has signed a two-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans

Matty Russell has signed a two-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans

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Wigan's reserve full-back Matty Russell, understudy to England international Sam Tomkins, has agreed a deal to join NRL outfit Gold Coast Titans.

The 19-year-old, who made his Super League debut for the Warriors in

March before spending six weeks on loan at Hull, will join the Queensland club on a two-year contract.

"He's a young talent from England who's looking for an opportunity over here in Australia," Titans football manager Scott Clark told the Sydney Telegraph.

"He's got Tomkins in front of him at Wigan and knows he's not going to get much of an opportunity there.

"With English blokes coming over here and proving themselves, he wants to be part of that."

Russell will be following in the footsteps of another English full-back, Richard Mathers, who left Leeds in 2007 to join the Titans for their first year in the NRL.

However, Mathers managed only a handful of appearances before returning to Super League with Wigan for the start of the 2008 season.

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