It’s official — the Roosters have signed the Canberra Raiders’Holden Cup flyer Jonathon Reuben to a two-year deal starting next season.
It has been speculated in these pages that he was due to sign with the club, which announced the signature at 10am this morning.
The signing of the young flyer, who is set to graduate from the 20′s next season, follows the signing of Jackson Hastings last month.
Reuben was recently named in the under 20′s Team of the Year alongside Tigers’phenom Luke Brooks and recent first-grader and new teammate Samisoni Langi, as well as Rooster John Asiata.
He scored 16 tries in 27 matches for the Raiders’ Holden Cup team last year and they’re on top of the pile this year. He’s 5’11″ and 87 kegs, and can find the try line.
Coach Trent Robinson has been looking for an outside back after announcing at the Fan Forum a while back that they were “short one outside back” with many assuming — this writer included — that the Roosters would chase Israel Folau or Blake Ferguson.
But Folau has since re-signed with the Waratahs and Ferguson has gone off the deep end despite rumours the Roosters are still interested in him. Perhaps Reuben will be seen as the player to fill that vacancy.
Here is the statement from the Roosters:
The Sydney Roosters have secured the services of winger Jonathon Reuben for two years, commencing in 2014.
Reuben, 20, will join the Roosters from the Canberra Raiders NYC Squad, where he has scored a plethora of tries over the last two seasons.
Roosters recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan believes Reuben will be a valuable asset for the Roosters moving forward.
“Jonathon has blinding speed and has been blessed with a natural try-scoring ability which is invaluable in the modern game. He still has some work to do on his game but will add some great depth to our outside backs. We are looking forward to watching him develop as part of our NRL squad over the coming seasons.”
Reuben was named in the NRL’s 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year last month. Away from the field, Reuben is a Teachers Assistant and is undertaking an Indigenous Traineeship with the Department of Education and Training.
Reuben will officially join the Roosters when the club’s 2014 NRL pre-season commences later this year.