Sydney Roosters player Nene Macdonald has been granted an immediate release from his contract to join the Gold Coast Titans.

Macdonald, who told his Roosters teammates of his decision on Tuesday, has signed with the Titans until the end of 2016 with immediate effect.

Sydney Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan, said: “The Club’s decision to grant him a release was based on what we consider in the best interests of his long-term playing future.

“Nene has a lot to offer the NRL and he certainly leaves with our very best wishes for the future,” added Canavan.

Macdonald said he valued his time at the Roosters.

“It was a huge thrill for me to make my debut at the Roosters, and while I’m sad to be leaving, I’m really excited to be joining the Titans and the opportunity that presents for my career,” said Macdonald.

“I’d like to say thank you to the Sydney Roosters coaches, staff, players and everyone involved with the Club for everything they have done for me over the years and wish everyone at the Club the very best.”

21 year-old Macdonald has played 11 NRL games with the Roosters, since making his NRL debut at the Club in Round 11 of the 2014 season.