Roosters officially sign Jackson Hastings to a three year deal from 2014

Source: Zimbio.

Source: Zimbio.

The Roosters have signed schoolboy  whizkid Jackson Hastings, the son of Roosters legend Kevin “Horrie” Hastings, to a three-year deal starting from next season.

It was rumoured he had signed earlier in the year when Matty Johns scooped the media with the news on his show. 26 Rounds spoke with Twitter chap @locko_nath who  asked a relative of the young gun if he had indeed signed. The relative told him back then it was true.

(Nice work, Nath. Nailed it even when everyone doubted ya. Kudos buddy. Good pal Jimmy, @choox75, also gave us the inside scoop around that time. He’s like Pocahontas that guy, always with his ear to the ground. But I digress.)

Roosters recrutiment guru Peter O’Sullivan called the signing “a real coup for the Roosters” in a statement on the Roosters website.

“We are proud to have the next generation of Hastings joining our club,” O’Sullivan said in the statement.

“Jackson is a wonderfully talented young man who can play in the halves, at hooker or fullback. As we know, he hails from a proud rugby league legacy, but in saying that, Jackson is his own young man and we look forward to watching him develop on and off the footy field in the coming years.”

How the Dragons let this kid go is beyond comprehension. There was a clearer path to first grade for the youngster, well, at least clearer than at the Roosters, yet the Dragons were unable to convince the kid with the promise of opportunity and early first grade.

Hastings plays primarily at fullback for the Dragons’ Holden Cup squad but experts can see him playing halfback, five-eighth or hooker at a pinch. In the depth chart at his new club he will be behind Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce and Jake Friend at those prospective positions — but this kid is only 17 years old.

His father, Kevin, was a club legend and one of Chariman Nick Politis’ favourite all-time players. He’s considered by many to be the best player never to play for Australia.

Here’s the statement from the Sydney Roosters:

The Sydney Roosters are pleased to announce the signing of highly sought-after Australian schoolboy, Jackson Hastings.

With a number of NRL clubs pursuing his services, the Roosters have signed the exciting 17 year-old for three seasons, commencing in 2014.

“The Roosters were the team I grew up supporting so I’m stoked to be joining the club. I’ve still got a lot to learn and I’m excited to be joining guys like Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney who I can learn so much from,” said Hastings.

In signing with the Roosters, Hastings will continue a proud tradition of playing at the same club as his father, who in this case is Roosters Hall of Fame inductee, club legend Kevin ‘Horrie’ Hastings.

Player number 674, ‘Horrie’ played with the club between 1976-87 and is the first Easts clubman to play 200 first grade games. He held the record for the number of first grade games for Easts until broken by Luke Ricketson in 2005.

Roosters recruitment manager, Peter O’Sullivan, believes that Hastings has a big future in the NRL.

“This is a real coup for the Roosters – we are proud to have the next generation of Hastings joining our club,” said O’Sullivan.

“Jackson is a wonderfully talented young man who can play in the halves, at hooker or fullback. As we know, he hails from a proud rugby league legacy, but in saying that, Jackson is his own young man and we look forward to watching him develop on and off the footy field in the coming years.”

Hastings will officially join the Roosters when the club’s 2014 NRL pre-season commences later this year.

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