GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16:  Greg Bird of the Titans runs with the ball during the round six NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Skilled Park on April 16, 2010 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

New deal … Greg Bird will end his career as a Titan. Photo: Getty Images

A FINAL pitch to Michael Jennings is still to be made but Gold Coast hope Greg Bird's re-signing with the Titans on Friday sends a message to the Penrith match-winner.

Titans boss David May said they would know on Monday whether they had replaced South Sydney-bound Beau Champion with the Penrith centre at the tourist strip. In the meantime, May hoped Bird's loyalty gave Jennings some food for thought as he mulled over his future.

NSW and Test forward Bird knocked back contracts worth up to $150,000 a year from at least two Sydney-based clubs to remain at the Titans until the end of 2017.

''It is a huge show of loyalty to his coach [John Cartwright] and confidence in what we are trying to build at the Titans,'' May said. ''When I heard the numbers thrown around by other clubs, I wondered, 'how do you compete with that?'. He has turned down significant sums of money and that is something that doesn't happen often in this game.''

May confirmed there were other ''superstars'' on the Titans' radar. ''We are expecting an indication on our potential to sign him [Jennings] on Monday,'' he said. ''But we are also talking to one or two people who are of that calibre. We want superstars at this club. We want a club that is performing in the top four.''

Cartwright applauded Bird's attitude but said the vacant captaincy did not come with his new contract.

''I was pretty much resigned to Greg going back to Sydney considering the offers he was getting,'' he said. ''But that [captaincy] is not just something you give away. It is something that is earned.''

Bird, 28, arrived in 2009 on a one-year deal with strict behavioural clauses after having an assault conviction and jail sentence quashed on appeal. Bird said he would end his career at the Titans.

''It wasn't an easy decision … but money is not everything,'' he said. ''I have enjoyed the last three years here. They stuck their neck out to get me here and I am happy to keep re-paying the favour. I think we are building towards something here. We want to win a competition and I see this as my best opportunity.''

May ruled out signing a halfback despite Scott Prince's departure, saying he was more than happy with Albert Kelly, Beau Henry and Jordan Rankin as potential partners for pivot Aidan Sezer. ''If we bring anyone in, it will be in the centre position,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Anthony Minichiello has been named captain of the Sydney Roosters. The 32-year-old fullback, who made his first-grade debut for the foundation club in 2000, will be supported by four vice-captains in Mitchell Pearce, Jake Friend, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Boyd Cordner, the Roosters announced on Friday.

Minichiello, who has been at the Roosters since he was 16, was delighted to land the job. ''It's a massive honour,,'' he said.

AAP