Sydney Roosters prop Marty Kennedy has reportedly signed a three-year deal to join the Brisbane Broncos from 2014.
Wally Lewis initially broke the news of the prop’s deal with the Broncos on Channel Nine Brisbane, and were all but confirmed by the Courier Mail’s Peter Badel on Twitter:
The Roosters later confirmed that the front-rower — out for the season with a hyper-extended knee — was free to negotiate with other clubs following a request from his management.
Kennedy was named 18th man for the Queensland Origin squad for game two, but was ruled out for the season just prior to that game after the Bulldogs’ Krisnan Inu ran shoulder-first into his leg while attempting to score.
Kennedy joins fellow former Rooster Lama Tasi at the Broncos and walks into a glut of front-rowers at the club which also employs Josh McGuire and Ben Hannant.
The move makes sense for both Kennedy and his former club, as the Lismore born-but Ipswich raised 24-year-old returns home to be closer with his family, while the Roosters free up room to play young forwards Dylan Napa, Kane Evans and Isaac Liu in 2014 — and the club also signed French dude Remy Casty from the Catalans Dragons — Trent Robinson’s former coaching gig — for two years from 2014.
Kennedy has his critics among Roosters fans, many who say he hasn’t been the same since suffering a series of leg injuries at the beginning of 2011. But prior to his injury he’d been almost back to his best with three straight games of over 100 metres and been promoted to the Queensland squad.
The reaction to his new deal has been pretty positive among Roosters fans, with many wishing him all the best: