Gold Coast officials will meet with renegade Melbourne winger Steve Turner in the next 48 hours to resolve the bitter contractual dispute between the Titans and the Storm.
Turner and girlfriend Kate met with NRL chief executive David Gallop this morning in Sydney to plead their case for staying in Melbourne. Gallop says Turner has some distressing personal issues to overcome but he's not prepared to reveal them.
The NRL boss also says he's sympathetic to Turner's plight but won't be budging on his position that the 22-year-old has a binding agreement with the Titans. Titans managing director Michael Searle says he's yet to be made aware of any compassionate grounds for Turner to be granted a release from his three-year agreement with the club.
Moving on to Saturday?s final, and rival coaches Ricky Stuart and Brian McClennan claim the team which best controls its emotions will win Saturday's pressure-cooker Tri-Nations rugby league final between the Kangaroos and Kiwis.
The coaches and captains from both camps came face-to-face today for the last time before the Aussie Stadium decider with Australian coach Stuart saying it was vital his side played with controlled aggression from the outset.
Australian prop Willie Mason and New Zealand's David Kidwell will come together for the first time since Kidwell delivered a stunning shoulder charge which left Mason concussed during the series opener last month.
McClennan says his side will be prepare for a physical confrontation, but vowed not to go looking for another knockout blow on Mason.