The Roosters have signed captain Anthony Minichiello to a one year deal for season 2014, a full two weeks prior to Christmas. And if he manages to play every single regular season game for the Roosters this year and they make the Grand Final, he will break the record for games played for the club.
According to a statement issued by the Roosters:
… one-club man Anthony Minichiello has today agreed to terms for another season with the Club, keeping him at the Roosters until the end of 2014.
“My heart is and always will be with the Roosters. I’ve grown up here and it’s my home,” said Minichiello.
Minichiello joined the Roosters junior grades in 1997 and will contest his 15th season in first grade with the Club in 2014.
The Roosters captain – a former Golden Boot and Dally M Fullback of the Year winner – added that he was looking forward to continuing to work with his teammates to build a legacy at the club.
It’s been quite the year for the fullback, winning a Grand Final in his first year as captain for the Roosters. He then captained Italy in the World Cup, and returned to Australia to witness the birth of his first child. He’s now topped it off with a contract on the eve of Christmas — a contract that puts him in good stead to put him among the greats for the Roosters.
Currently sitting at 275 games for the club, he trails fellow one-club man Luke Ricketson by 26 games on the all-time games played list for the Roosters. If they make the Grand Final again, and he plays every game, Mini could actually break that record during the finals series — a record that, given his injury history, would be an incredible feat.
After winning the Golden Boot award in 2005, Mini was almost lost to the game thanks to crippling back injuries which effectively ruled him out for the vast majority of seasons 2006-08.
However, his past few years have been largely injury free and in that time already broke one record: when he crossed for his 105th try in 2011, he broke Bill Mullin’s record for most tries scored for the club. That record now stands at 122 tries.
With any luck, he’ll have another record by the end of the year for the club, and the most unlikely of records at that.