Prince dazed and confused by Titans departure
Foundation Gold Coast Titans player Scott Prince. Photo: Getty Images
Scott Prince was full of intent as he joined the Broncos for their first training session but he said his departure from the Titans remained clouded in confusion and misinformation.
Prince was back in Broncos colours for the first time since 2003 as Brisbane resumed for the NRL pre-season on Monday, training under bright skies at Purtell Park in the city's leafy inner-west.
I'm looking forward to getting back on the horse and proving myself again
Just a few weeks ago, the 32-year-old founding co-captain of the Gold Coast was readying himself for another pre-season of punishment at the Titans. Instead, after almost ending up on a plane to Hull, he has moved to Brisbane with an immense point to prove, both to his new and former employer.
Back to the future ... Scott Prince playing for the Broncos in 2001. Photo: Getty Images
Prince wasn't looking for an exit from the Titans and club coach John Cartwright was on record saying they had hoped to keep him for 2013, a statement loaded with common sense given the lack of a Plan B at halfback.
The club's chief executive David May also said Prince was welcome to stay.
Instead, he has joined Brisbane, who swooped late after Prince was part of a negotiation that would have sent him to the UK Super League on a lucrative golden handshake contract.
"Who would have thought? I'm very happy to be given this opportunity by the Broncos. I'm looking forward to getting back on the horse and proving myself again," Prince said.
"It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride, with emotion and that. It's all in the past now and we can move forward. For my family and I and all our close friends, we're happy to have a resolution on it."
Prince remained silent as the negotiations over his future unfolded following his return from a trip overseas. He said he was baffled by some of the mixed messages coming out of Titans HQ and didn't initiate any negotiations with Hull.
"From my side, it was a bit confusing. It was very difficult, how it all unfolded. It was a little bit disappointing at the start but we saw the light and had the opportunity to join the Broncos. They don't go out buying too many players," Prince said.
"The Broncos came in late. I thought I was on a plane going to the UK. It was perfect timing in the end. We sat down and had a discussion (late last Sunday) and things seemed to work out. I'm very appreciative they gave us a call."
Prince said there was never any agreement with Hull and reports that he had met with the club's coach Peter Gentle were "lies".
"It wasn't a verbal agreement. There seemed to be a lot of talking. I just sat back. It was quite funny to see you guys writing stories on the back of lies. It was quite amusing. It was all talk and I finally got a formal offer on Sunday," Prince said.
"It was just the fact that we met with Peter Gentle on the weekend. But I was out at Roma. I'm not sure where he thought Roma was.
"It was reported on the Monday that we did catch up and all things seemed to be going sweetly. I wasn't gagged at all. I just sat back and watched closely.
"I sat down with my family but the Broncos came in around the same time, maybe even later. I was able to nut out something with those guys."
May comes from Hull and Prince said he asked the Titans boss whether that played a part in the English club tabling an offer for his services.
"I raised that with him. He said 'I just grew up there'. I said ok. That's all."
Prince said Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin has told him he would have to start as Player 25 in the NRL squad and work his way up from there, although that sort of talk may be designed to give some confidence to the club's other half options as well as motivate Prince.
Realistically, Prince is a quality signing who is destined to be wearing either the six or seven jersey in round one if he is unscathed in the pre-season and warm-up games.
"There were some home truths and it was very honest. It was phone call where he set a challenge. He said he was trying to talk me out of it but I love a challenge and I'm looking forward to it," Prince said.