Here’s our look at the 2015 Key Signings for Sydney Roosters.
- Martin Kennedy
Mention to any Sydney Roosters fan in 2014 the name ‘Kennedy’ and the sweet memories will bolt to them faster than Martin Kennedy when he steamrolled Dragons Prop Josh Miller. Kennedy had a brilliant four years at the Roosters, excluding the long-term injuries to the knee and foot, where his 66 appearances nearly earned him a spot in the Queensland State of Origin side in 2012. Kennedy signed with the Broncos in 2014 following the Bondi side’s premiership win, but only managed three appearances, two which were losses, after another injury stunted his gametime. After a race to sign the 25 year-old between the Roosters, Storm and Titans ended in favour of the Easts, if Kennedy can managed to sustain minimal injury throughout the season there is no doubting he’ll be a huge bonus to the fans and Trent Robinson’s 2015 campaign.
- Lagi Setu
Following two years away in Britain on a Mormon missionary that came shortly after his previous career at the Brisbane Broncos had kicked into full-gear. New Zealand born Setu signed a 1-year contract with the Melbourne Storm but was repeatedly dropped to their Queensland Cup side after scoring only one try in seven appearances. Now at age 25 Setu stands at 189cm and is a flexible player both in the front and second row, he has signed a 1-year contract with the Sydney Roosters who are clearly looking to muscle-up their forward pack, this is clearly a time of make or break for the man who once appeared in the Junior Kiwi’s side. A quick look over some of Setu’s fixtures with the Brisbane Broncos in 2010 will show that two years on from his missionary there’s still so much potential in this player’s game.
- Nathan Stapleton
Nathan Stapleton saw out four appearances in 2014 where he came into the squad as a ‘reserve winger’ for an injury-and-ASADA-plagued side. The tragic passing of his mother was without a doubt a contributing factor to his year at the Shire, giving Stapleton new motivation to step up his game, signing with the Sydney Roosters on a 1-year contract in 2014. A flexible player in the backs with experience in Fullback, Centre and Wing, Stapleton is expected to replace Curtis Naughton who has moved to Hull KR in England.