The Roosters freed Lama alright.
According to a statement issued by the Roosters on Friday night, front-rower Lama Tasi has been granted an immediate release to enhance his prospects of playing regularly in the NRL, with the Broncos immediately snapping up the promising 23-year-old.
He’ll provide extra insurance for the Broncos during the Origin period and could secure a spot on the bench with the Brisbane club’s prop stocks depleted with the retirement of Petero Civoniceva at the end of last season.
This writer has been bullish on the kid’s prospects ever since the Roosters snuck under the Manly Sea Eagles’ guard and poached him in 2011.
He played 30 games for the club and scored two tries along with a few bone-rattling hits. But the writing was clearly on the wall for Tasi when he failed to make the first grade squad consistently despite injuries to Sam Moa and Martin Kennedy and with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves suspended.
And with players such as Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa and the injured Kane Evans waiting in the wings, the prospect of Tasi getting any real shot in the near future was slim.
He played just 19 minutes against the Cowboys and 23 minutes against the Melbourne Storm a week later, before being demoted back to the Newtown Jets. In those two games he ran it 11 times for 104 metres with 26 tackles, one missed tackle and one tackle bust.
This writer firmly believes the Broncos have snapped up a promising young talent who has a career in the NRL in front of him; either as a weapon off the bench or even as a starter with the right team.
He was highly regarded by most talent judges in the NRL, and the Sea Eagles were reportedly upset when the Chooks nabbed him.
Here is the statement from the Sydney Roosters:
The Sydney Roosters have today announced that Lama Tasi has been granted an immediate release from his contract.
23 year-old Tasi was contracted to the club until the end of 2013 but has been granted the release to enhance his prospects of playing regularly in the NRL for the remainder of the season.
Sydney Roosters COO Football, Brian Canavan, said: “Lama has a lot to offer the NRL and the club has taken this decision together with Lama based on what we consider in his best interests as a professional NRL player.
“Lama has been a popular clubman and terrific contributor to the Roosters both on and off the field. He has made many friends at the Roosters and on behalf of everyone at the club, we wish him the very best for the future.”
Tasi has played 30 games in the NRL since joining the Roosters in 2011. He made his NRL and club debut against the Gold Coast Titans in round 8 that year.