Correction: the previous version of this article mentioned that Isaac Liu might be headed elsewhere. But Ben Honig of Twitter fame (@benos95) alerted me to a tweet from the Roosters mentioning he was contracted next year with the Chooks. My bad, and thanks Ben for clearing that up for me.
UPDATED: There was a lot of talk of Henare Wells eventually developing into that backup backs spot that Coach Trent Robinson highlighted as an issue at the Fans Forum last year.
However, it will be hard to do so from the Burleigh shore.
Twitter’s Matthew Perry (@Chandler_BANG) and Adam Hogan (@Addzy18) alerted 26 Rounds of the news that Henare Wells of the Newtown Jets has left to club to take up an offer with the Burleigh Bears.
26 Rounds is not privy to the details of the deal, but it seemed likely given the signings of Jonathon Reuben and Sio Siua Taukeiaho, who will both play for Newtown assuming they aren’t quite ready for the top grade.
The signing also means the Roosters have a little bit more wiggle room to accommodate the potential signings of Anthony Minichiello — who according to an article on NRL.com is working with the the Roosters and waiting on the NRL’s review of the salary cap which will include dispensation for long-service players — and Luke O’Donnell, who is reportedly seeking a two year deal from the club but is also attracting interest from the Cronulla Sharks.
While Wells would not have been on top coin, assuming the Roosters also lose Nafe Seluini, and with Marty Kennedy also leaving there could be enough under the regular cap to fit O’Donnell in despite the signing of Remy Casty, as the salary cap has increased from $5.85 million this year to $6.3 million next year.
Watch this space.