One of the NRL's astir talented escaped agents has been taken disconnected the marketplace with the Roosters announcing a declaration hold for superstar centre Joey Manu.
Manu had been linked to a imaginable determination backmost home, with the Warriors tabling an connection that could person made the 25-year-old the code's adjacent million-dollar-a-season player. There was besides reportedly beardown involvement from astatine slightest 2 of the Queensland clubs but thing that could crook Manu's caput capable to halt him recommitting to the Tricolours for a further 2 seasons.
He is present contracted with the Roosters until the extremity of the 2024 season.
"The Roosters is location to maine and I couldn't spot myself playing for different club. From the apical down, I emotion this club," Manu said successful a statement.
"Trent and the coaches and unit we person present assistance marque maine a amended subordinate and idiosyncratic each day. It's a privilege to deterioration the Roosters jersey and I'm excited for what the aboriginal holds."
Manu's re-signing is the 2nd motion successful 24 hours that the aboriginal is agleam successful Bondi, with gun Storm inferior Brandon Smith besides deciding to ink a woody with the Roosters, successful what volition beryllium arguably the biggest stroke to enlargement franchise the Dolphins, who person been incapable to pull a look of the franchise benignant player.
The Dolphins publically courted Smith but the lure of the NRL's glamour nine successful Sydney's eastbound suburbs couldn't beryllium topped by what Wayne Bennett is hoping to build.
The Smith coup is yet to beryllium announced by the Roosters but it is understood to beryllium a done deal.
Speaking astir the Manu re-signing, Roosters manager Trent Robinson described him arsenic "a game-changer".
"Joseph has been with nine since helium was a schoolboy and I've loved watching him make into the hardworking subordinate and game-changer we each bask watching today," Robinson said.
"Joey has an unthinkable enactment ethic and is assured successful the subordinate and antheral that helium is, and it's large quality that his enactment volition proceed to payment the Roosters successful the coming years."
Manu has played 114 NRL games since making his debut with the Roosters successful 2016 and was a subordinate of the club's 2018 and 2019 premiership-winning sides.
In the typical arena, the arrogant merchandise of New Zealand's Tokoroa has represented the Maori All Stars (2021) and played 5 Tests for the Kiwis.
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