According to Fox Sports and the Daily Telegraph’s Josh Massoud via Twitter, the Roosters have re-signed front-row beast Sam Moa for two more years.Their tweets read as follows:
The Roosters — if the reports are true — have managed to ward off two strong contenders who really could have used a player of Moa’s ability: the Knights, after they lost Russell Packer to jail, and the Warriors, who probably took themselves out of real contention after a bizarre $1.6m three-year deal for Ryan Hoffman.
The news is a coup for the Roosters with Moa dominating in last week’s Australia New Zealand test, and with the club winning every time the big fella runs it more than 12 times a game this year. While the Clive Churchill medal went to Daly Cherry-Evans in last year’s Grand Final, it can be argued that Moa — alongside James Maloney — was just as good if not better in the winning squad.
This year he’s averaged 10.88 runs and 93.75 metres a game in just under 52 minutes, and he’s scored three burrowing impossible-to-stop tries. Per run he’s making 8.62 metres and he’s formed what can be arguably labelled the best front row combination in the NRL alongside Scott/Tamou.
Moa is also, simply, a gentleman off the field and the type of player the club should build around heading into life after Sonny Bill Williams. Losing him would have set the club back despite the presence and improvement from Dylan Napa and Kane Evans and despite Remi Casty also waiting in the wings.