Really, would anyone expect the Roosters not to make a play for the son of a Favourite Son?
Roosters’ recruitment guru Peter O’Sullivan told the Herald Sun today that the Roosters would welcome Jackson Hastings — the teenage son of Roosters great Kevin “Horrie” Hastings — with open arms.
It seems strange that a name so synonymous with Easts doesn’t actually currently play for the club, as it must do for Tigers fans watching a Pearce run around for the Roosters.
The youngster made his debut for the Dragons’ Holden Cup squad last week against Manly and is rated as one of the most talented young players in the game.
From The Herald-Sun:
Kevin “Horrie” Hastings lives in Florida these days, but his delight was obvious when word filtered through about the interest NRL clubs are showing in his son, including his former team the Roosters.
Young Jackson, who made his Holden Cup debut for the Dragons against Manly on Monday night – scoring a try and kicking five goals – is a chip off the old block.
“Jackson is tenacious, tough, aggressive and cheeky – just like his dad,” Roosters recruitment officer Peter O’Sullivan said.
“Kevin was a legend at the Roosters and we would love to have Jackson here. If he wants to come, we would take him with open arms.
“He can play hooker, halfback, five-eighth and fullback. He is a footballer with great versatility. Jackson ticks plenty of boxes. He is certainly a player of interest.”
Even though Kevin is living in the US, he was in Jackson’s thoughts when he paid tribute to his mum and dad on Monday night with a special message taped to his wrist.
Kevin was one of the tricolours’ most loved figures, playing 228 first-grade games for the club between 1976 and 1987. He is often described as one of the best players never to represent Australia.