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Once again Brisbane's loss is Titans' gain

Add emerging prop Keegan Hipgrave to the trickle of Brisbane players defecting down the M1 in search of greener pastures in the NRL.

The 20-year-old joins Ashley Taylor and Jarrod Wallace in making the jump from the Broncos to Gold Coast over the past two years, moves coach Neil Henry puts down to opportunities the youngest club in the NRL can provide.

While the highly regarded Hipgrave's chances of playing in the NRL in 2017 will hinge on whether the Titans' first-choice front-rowers stay healthy, he is clearly in the club's long-term plans.

The Titans will be hoping he proves as astute a purchase as Wallace, who has been among the club's best since arriving this year in search of more playing time.

"He was playing 20 odd minutes up there and there was just no opportunity," Henry said of Wallace, who has put himself in contention for Queensland Origin selection averaging more than 130 metres and 30 tackles a game.

"He came down here and I spoke to him about being a starting front-rower, he's taken that opportunity."

Similarly, Hipgrave, who was granted a release by Brisbane last week, is just chasing a crack at the big time.

"The pathways are fairly blocked at the Broncos and we said we'd be able to fit him in here," Henry said.

"He was happy to come down mid-season and play, if we can get things organised hopefully he will turn out for our NYC team on the weekend."

The loss of Taylor could be the one the Broncos live to regret, with the young half struggling for game time at Brisbane behind Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford before his move south in 2016.

The 22-year-old has gained a reputation as one of the best young playmakers in the game, while the Broncos are now without a recognised No.7 for 2018 with Hunt on his way to St George Illawarra.

© AAP 2017

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