The Sydney Roosters have signed promising front-rower Kane Evans until the end of the 2017 season.
The Fiji international, 22, has played three games for the Roosters this year and has been impressive in limited minutes, averaging 59.3 metres a game from 6.3 runs at 9.37 metres a run, second only to Isaac Liu who has played just the solitary game last week. In just 25 minutes a night, he is also averaging 1.3 tackle busts and 13.7 tackles.
According to a statement on the Roosters website yesterday afternoon:
“I’ve been at the Roosters since I was 17 and the Club has treated me so well ever since I got here. I’m learning so much from Robbo and all the coaching staff and I’m so happy to stay with the Roosters and work towards building my career here,” said Evans.
“Hopefully I’ll continue to learn and improve as I play alongside the great squad here at the Roosters,” he added.
The re-signing of Evans ensures a core group of players who have come through the Roosters junior ranks together – including Dylan Napa, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Tautau Moga – will continue to grow and develop at the Club.
Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan, was pleased to have Evans locked into the Club’s long-term plans.
“Kane has been a wonderful asset to the Club both on and off the field. He has an infectious personality and is a fierce competitor, and we look forward to watching his continued development in the coming years,” said Canavan.
Evans could have been in hot demand had he not re-upped with the Roosters. At 22 he’s an old rookie by NRL standards and could have been tempted to look elsewhere for a better chance. But his re-signing is a validation of the club’s commitment to its youngsters.
Already on the books we have Jackson Hastings, who told Dragons fans on Twitter after departing the club that the move was largely to do with his development as a player. And Evans has re-signed for three more seasons despite not being guaranteed a spot for the rest of this season.
Either player could have an easier path to first grade had they chosen differently; Hastings with the Dragons where they have already started three halfbacks this year, and Evans at clubs with a lack of front row oomph such as Parramatta or Canberra.
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