Mitchell Aubusson has re-signed with the Roosters despite extreme interest from the cashed-up and free-spending St George Illawarra Dragons.
According to a statement issued by the Roosters:
The Sydney Roosters are pleased to announce the re-signing of Mitchell Aubusson for a further three years, keeping him at the club until the end of season 2016.
“I’ve been with the Roosters since I was 16 and I honestly couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else.
“From the group of boys we have here to the coaching and admin staff, there’s a fantastic team here at the club and I’m stoked that I’ll continue to be a part of it all.”
Roosters Head Coach Trent Robinson was pleased to have Aubusson locked in to the Club’s long-term plans.
“Mitch is a significant contributor to our playing group both on and off the footy field, a genuine person and a true Clubman and to ensure that we have him here for a number of years is great for the Roosters,” said Robinson.
The Dragons had nominated Aubo as well as Feleti Mateo and Gareth Widdop — who they recently secured with a four-year, $2.2m deal — as key free agent targets, while also looking to secure Josh Dugan before the controversial fullback had another incident at a funeral last week.
(Repeat: AT A FUNERAL.)
But the Roosters re-signed the utility extraordinaire and a favourite son who has come through the ranks at the club and even captained the team last year in the absence of Braith Anasta on occasions.
He made his debut in round one, 2007, as a five-eighth against the Bunnies, but hasn’t played there since (from memory).
Instead, he’s made his name as a utility capable of covering the back-row and the centres in a pinch, and has returned to form after a quiet 2012.
His form this year has kept Luke O’Donnell on the bench on most occasions, and relegated Aidan Guerra to NSW cup or the bench following Guerra’s knee injury.