lawton-copyFormer Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League  juniors, Will Matthews of Kyogle and Kayne Lawton of Tweed Coast Raiders, have been earmarked for bigger things by the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans.

The Titans say they have secured another potential star of the future from the club’s own junior nursery after re-signing emerging teenage talent Lawton (pictured).

Meanwhile, Matthews has joined senior campaigners Scott Prince, Luke Bailey, Anthony Laffranchi, Preston Campbell, Mark Minichiello and Nathan Friend in an eight-man players’ representative group.

Emerging centre Brett Delaney, aged 23, is the other member of the group.

Kayne Lawton, a 19-year-old hooker/halfback, has been granted a two-year contract extension until the end of 2011 and has also received an upgraded deal for this season.

Lawton, a graduate of Palm Beach Currumbin High School, has been added to the Jetstar Titans’ first grade training squad during the pre-season and is viewed as having a long-term future with the club in either the No9 or No 7 jerseys.

His re-signing comes after ongoing negotiations with hooker Nathan Friend became stalled earlier this week when a deadline placed on a revised offer from the Titans expired.

Jetstar Titans managing director Michael Searle said the club was thrilled to have secured Lawton, who has been much talked about in rugby league circles since he helped guide Palm Beach Currumbin through to the national semi-finals of the Arrive Alive Cup in 2007.

Lawton is also a former Queensland Schoolboys representative.

“Kayne is a Tweed Coast Raiders junior who has come through the Palm Beach Currumbin system, so he is the perfect example of why this club was set up in the first place’’ said Searle.

“He is a real athlete and we see him as having a bright future with the Titans, most likely in the No 9 jersey.”

Lawton, who weighs 84kg but in the gym lifts weights equivalent to some of the biggest players at the Titans, said he was thrilled to have secured his future for the next three seasons.

“Being a Tweed Heads junior, it’s great that I can stay on the Gold Coast and play for the Titans,’’ said Lawton.

“It’s exciting to sign until 2011 because now I can just concentrate on improving as a footballer.

“It’s my goal to push for a first grade spot this season and that’s what I’m firmly focused on doing.’’

Will Matthews got a run in first grade several times last season, and hopefully he and Lawton will be in the squad when the Titans play New Zealand Warriors in a pre-season trial at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on February 28.