The Roosters have re-signed club stalwart and in-form lock Frank Paul Nu’uasala for a further two years.
Both the New Zealand Warriors and Parramatta Eels were reportedly chasing the backrower hard, but as Mitch Aubusson did earlier in the season when he turned down the Dragons, the backrower turned down larger offers to stay with the Bondi club.
The signature effectively rules out the Roosters from making a big-money splash for Izzy Folau as has been rumoured.
The past month for FPN has been superb, with his running game back in full swing following a slow start to the year when he averaged just seven metres per run in the first four rounds followed by injury and a two-game stint with Newtown.
From The Roosters:
The Sydney Roosters are pleased to announce that Frank-Paul Nuuausala has agreed to a two-year extension to remain with the Club until the end of the 2015 season.
“I have been at the Roosters since I was 19 and the club and everyone who’s a part of it mean so much to me,” said Nuuausala.
“I can feel that we are building towards something special here and I am so happy that I will continue to be a part of it.”
Sydney Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan, was also pleased to have Nuuausala locked in to the club’s long-term plans.
“Frank-Paul has been a stand-out player for us so far this year and has worked tirelessly to develop himself on and away from the football field,” said Canavan.
“A loyal clubman and a senior member of our squad, we look forward to watching Frank continue to grow over the coming seasons.”
Nuuausala has played 116 NRL games to date, since making his debut with the club in the traditional Anzac Day match against the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2007 and has represented New Zealand on nine occasions.