Cartwright reveals upsetting Penrith exit

In the end, Phil Gould gave his blessing.

Bryce Cartwright admits it was hard to leave Penrith but is excited for a new start with the Titans.

Bryce Cartwright admits it was hard to leave Penrith but is excited for a new start with the Titans.

But Bryce Cartwright admits the Penrith boss' initial reaction to his Gold Coast Titans move wasn't as cheerful.

Cartwright, 23, has officially begun life as a Titan with his first training session on Friday after a shock exit from the Panthers with three years left on his contract.

The NRL prodigy said he left Penrith with no hard feelings after craving a fresh start following a nightmare 2017 marred by injury and off-field controversy.

Cartwright says Gould wasn't happy when he broke the news that he wanted to take up a four-year Titans deal in 2018.

"He was upset," Cartwright said.

"I signed my first contract there when I was 15 so I've been there since I was a young kid.

"It was upsetting ...but luckily we worked something out."

Cartwright said Gould reluctantly agreed getting out of the Sydney fishbowl was the smart choice after a horror 2017 full of off-field drama.

"He was upset ... (but) he was fine with it. He thought it was a good move for myself to get out of Sydney and for a fresh start," he said.

Cartwright is the third Panther the Titans have signed and Penrith have also lost former skipper Matt Moylan to Cronulla, sparking rumours of a player rift with coach Anthony Griffin.

Cartwright insisted he had no problem with Griffin but did not enjoy being pigeonholed as a half at Penrith and wanted a back-row start at the Titans.

"I am not too sure what happened with Moylan," he said.

"But he (Griffin) gave me a ring as soon as this happened and wished me the best.

"I had a great relationship with Hook (Griffin)."

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