Fresh off an impressive performance in the Foundation Cup versus the Tigers, left-side winger Daniel Tupou has extended his deal with the club until the end of 2015.
Where he fits once Moga comes back this year is uncertain, but he should be able to cement a regular first grade spot in the coming years once Anthony Minichiello retires and The Sheck moves to the back.
Either way, he’s fought off Michael Oldfield for that wing spot and impressed me with his footwork and involvement in the trials.
I thought last season his hat trick was the result of good kicks to the wing and his towering frame combining, but based on his trial form it looks like he’ll get more opportunities searching for the ball.
He’s going to be a weapon for years and years to come — Folau with footwork.
According to the Herald:
Considered among the game’s most exciting prospects, 21-year-old Tupou scored a hat-trick of tries in just his second NRL game last season in round 25 against Wests Tigers.
A member of the Newtown Jets 2012 NSW Cup winning side, Tupou was named the NSW Cup winger of the year last season.
Tupou, who is expected to be named on the wing in coach Trent Robinson’s side for the Roosters season-opener against South Sydney on March 7, said he was happy to have settled his future.
“I still have lots of room to improve and I hope to continue to learn and hopefully secure my opportunity to play some good football for the club.”
Roosters chief operating officer of football Brian Canavan said Tupou was part of the club’s long-term plans.
“Daniel is an exciting young talent and has been a wonderful asset to the club both on and off the field,” Canavan said.
“Tall, strong and with great footwork, Daniel has the ability to grab some AFL-type marks and become a real crowd favourite. He has applied himself diligently across all aspects of professional football and we look forward to him continuing to be a key contributor in the years to come.”