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Gold Coast have fended off interest from several NRL rivals to secure firebrand forward Keegan Hipgrave for a further two seasons.
The 21-year-old had bites from a number of clubs, including Cronulla, but will instead remain at the Titans and form part of an already menacing forward pack that will add Test prop Shannon Boyd in 2019.
Hipgrave made his Titans debut in the final round of last season and has quickly developed a reputation for playing on the edge, having mixed some impressive displays with bouts of ill-discipline.
Last month he became the first NRL player in 16 years to be binned twice in one game, spending two stints off the field in his side's round 14 loss to South Sydney.
Against Brisbane a fortnight ago he admitted to losing his cool after being baited by the Broncos pack, giving away two penalties in a costly 17-minute performance that ended when he was concussed early in the game.
But while Titans coach Garth Brennan concedes Hipgrave needs to play with more discipline, he's a fan of the young forward's aggression.
"Everything he does is at a million miles an hour which I love," Brennan said on Friday.
"He's shown this season he has that versatility to play either in the middle or on an edge which definitely helps the balance of our squad moving forward."
The Titans are all but out of the 2018 finals race but will start Brennan's second season in charge with promise given the forward pack at their disposal.
Queensland Origin forward Jarrod Wallace also committed to a long-term deal this season, while Maroons rookie Jai Arrow and NSW squad member Ryan James have been standouts in an otherwise frustrating campaign.
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