At least they’re acknowledging they have great depth. The Roosters, in SMH today, cited depth as the reason they’d halt pursuing a second rower if the LO’D move fails:
SYDNEY ROOSTERS are still hopeful of striking a deal to lure Luke O’Donnell to the club despite Huddersfield denying the forward a release from his contract.
The rejection from the English club came just hours before the Roosters released Brad Takairangi from the final year of his contract to join Gold Coast for the next three years.
While Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan insists Takairangi wasn’t shedded to free some space in the salary cap, he admitted it did help the club’s cause in their pursuit of the former international.
But if the Roosters are not successful in their attempt to bring in O’Donnell, they won’t continue the search for a back-rower given the depth at the club.
”If he’s not available, it’s not a major issue for us,” Canavan said. ”We’re confident in our depth in the back row.”
It’s understood O’Donnell’s partner is homesick and his young family are keen to return home, despite the former North Queensland forward needing to take a significant pay cut to join the Roosters.