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Confirmed Signings 5 years 2 months ago #515

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A thread for CONFIRMED SIGNINGS only, all rumours can go in the RUMOURED SIGNINGS thread.

www.broncos.com.au/news-display/Broncos-...Zippy-Fullback/64143
REDCLIFFE Dolphins fullback Joe Bond still struggles to believe that Broncos coach Anthony Griffin asked to meet him.
Bond stands only 175cm and weighs 76kg. He never made a representative team growing up and did not take league seriously until he finished high school.
When the Dolphins clash with Wynnum Manly in Sunday's Intrust Super Cup grand final, Bond has the chance to show everyone why Griffin requested a meeting and then signed him to a one-year contract.
"The Broncos stuff all came out of the blue," Bond said. "Anthony Griffin just called me and said he wanted to meet and it went from there.
"We had a good talk and he was honest about what I needed to improve and the task ahead and he made me feel a lot more at ease."
Bond, 24, is a former touch footballer, a Norths Devils junior who was not particularly interested in becoming an NRL player until his late teens.
"I was always the smallest bloke on every team so I never made any schoolboys or underage teams," Bond said.
"I was mainly playing touch footy and mucking around with league a bit but it wasn't until I was 17 or so, after high school, that I started taking it seriously."
Bond left the Devils for the Dolphins at the start of last year seeking greater opportunity.
"I was injured for most of 2010 and I didn't know if there was much chance at the Devils with the backline they had and when John Dixon gave me a call I jumped at the chance," he said.
"We have had a great year and this game will be the highlight of my career so far. The team's been creating space for me and that's helped me a lot."
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Confirmed Signings 4 years 11 months ago #3487

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Anthony Quinn has signed a 1 year deal with the Knights
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Beau Champion returns to the Rabbits on a 2yr deal
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After sustaining a few losses, Greg Bird has re-signed with the Titans until the end of 2017.
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Confirmed Signings 4 years 10 months ago #5108

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Sydney Roosters release Brad Takairangi

The Sydney Roosters have today announced that Brad Takairangi has been granted an early release from his contract to join the Gold Coast Titans on a three-year deal.

Sydney Roosters COO Football, Brian Canavan, said: “Brad possesses some great talent however with the Titans offering him a longer-term contract, we didn’t want to stand in his way.

“We thank Brad for his contribution to our club and wish him and his young family all the very best for the future.”

Takairangi will join the Titans effective immediately
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Sea Eagles farewell Mauro, Foran

The Sea Eagles will farewell prop Vic Mauro and half Liam Foran this month after the pair signed with Super League team Salford City Reds.

Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey said they will be missed but both will make great representatives of Australian rugby league overseas.

"We're sad to see them go but it's a great opportunity for the boys in a fantastic competition.

"Vic's a local junior and a great ambassador for our junior leagues.

“He's come right through our junior representative system, from North Curl Curl Knights to winning an NRL grand final, and now he's off to ply his trade overseas.

"Liam showed off his ability on the big stage last season and he's sure to excel in the Super League.

"I wish both of them the best of luck and look forward to seeing them in action for Salford City."

Mauro, an Italian international, made his NRL debut for the Sea Eagles in Round 24, 2007.

The hard-working front rower has played 47 games for Manly, always making an impact when he's on the field.

After joining the club in 2011, Foran made his first grade debut for the Sea Eagles in Round 6 last season, impressing the fans at Brookvale as he stepped in for his brother Kieran at five-eighth.

They will continue training with the Sea Eagles squad until their departure.
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Ashley Harrison Re-Signs With Titans

The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have today retained another of the club’s representative players, with Queensland and NRL All Star Ashley Harrison agreeing to a two-year contract extension with the club.

Harrison had been contracted with the club until the end of the 2013 season but has elected to put pen to paper on a new deal for seasons 2014 and 2015.

It continues the club’s recent string of re-signings over the off-season which has included the retention of Greg Bird (2017), David Mead (2016) and Aidan Sezer (2015).

The new deal will see Harrison edge closer towards joining the elusive 300-game club, with the 31-year-old currently sitting on 247 NRL appearances.

Only 17 players in the history of the game have reached the 300-game milestone.

“As long as I feel I can keep contributing to the club, I’m happy to keep playing,’’ said Harrison.

“I have got through the pre-season really well coming back from groin surgery and my body is feeling great.

“I’m really excited by the direction of the club so I’m more than happy to commit to the Titans for a further two years.’’

iSelect Titans Chief Executive Officer David May said the club was thrilled to keep a player of Harrison’s calibre at the club.

“We’re obviously delighted that ‘Harro’ has re-signed with the club. I’m one of his biggest fans – the way he trains, plays and leads by example, he’s an absolute professional,’’ said May.

“No doubt he’ll be one of the first people on Mal Meninga’s team sheet when it comes to State of Origin so we are very happy to have a player of his professionalism decide to play out his last few seasons with the club.’’

iSelect Titans Head Coach John Cartwright said Harrison had become one of the true leaders at the club since he joined the Titans in 2008.

“Harro is still in career best form and he’s one of the most professional players we have at the club,’’ said Cartwright.

“We’re expecting him to again be involved in State of Origin this year. He’s been here since 2008 and has turned into one of the true leaders at the club.’’

Harrison has played 88 matches for the Titans since arriving at the club in 2008.

During that time he has become a mainstay of the Queensland Origin team as the Maroons have enjoyed a seven-year dominance over the NSW Blues.
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Confirmed Signings 4 years 10 months ago #5544

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Luke O'Donnell has signed a 1 year deal with the Roosters

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Sydney Roosters have signed former NSW Origin back-rower Luke O'Donnell on a one-year NRL contract, making him the club's fourth big off-season recruit.

The deal was finalised after O'Donnell, who left North Queensland two years ago, was released from the final year of his contract with English Super League side Huddersfield.

The 32-year-old joins Sonny Bill Williams, James Maloney and Michael Jennings as star signings for the Roosters' 2013 season campaign.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson was delighted with his latest acquisition, just 24 hours after securing halfback Mitchell Pearce's services for another four years.

"Luke has plenty of experience, will fit into our system here well and we're looking forward to him starting," said Robinson.

"Together with our other senior players in the forwards like Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Martin Kennedy and Frank-Paul Nuuausala, he's sure to not only help on the field.

"It will be great to have him mentor the younger forwards we have coming through the ranks."

O'Donnell said his desire to return to Australia with his young family was the main reason for his early departure from Yorkshire.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing in the NRL again, and can't wait to meet my new teammates and getting stuck into training," said O'Donnell.

However, Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis said another factor for his departure was the changing of tax regulations in the UK.

Only a week ago the Giants rejected a player exchange deal proposed by the Roosters but Thewlis confirmed the player had sought and been granted a release with no strings attached.

"Firstly I would say that deep down neither Luke nor the club wanted this outcome to be how things panned out," said Thewlis.

"However, the reality is that Luke is financially in a different place now to that envisaged when he joined at the start of the 2011 season.

"The changing regulations in respect of offshore pensions have caused him significant difficulties, as I am sure it must have for other overseas players in the UK.

"But fortunately for him an opportunity has arisen back home which will help him going forward.

"We do not wish to stand in the way of a longer-term opportunity for him.

"Next year's Giants contract was an option we held and we would have wanted to see a long consistent run of appearances before we would commit to the fourth year, which understandably was important for Luke.

"In a nutshell he understands where we are coming from, we understand his frustrations and we have simply shaken hands, wished each other all the very best and we each move on."
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Confirmed Signings 4 years 10 months ago #5545

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Mitchell Pearce has re-signed with the Roosters for 5 years

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A new coach, a new-look squad and a change in lifestyle have convinced Mitchell Pearce he can help Sydney Roosters make a push for the NRL premiership this season.

The NSW halfback ended any speculation on his future by signing a four-year contract extension on Wednesday that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2017 campaign.

Pearce, who cemented his spot as the Blues No.7 last year, endured a difficult season with the Roosters.

Despite being one of the team's better performers, the Tricolours finished just three spots off the bottom of the ladder, and Pearce's relationship with Brian Smith disintegrated following a bust-up after the State of Origin decider in Brisbane.

The 23-year-old's private life was also splashed across the media and he admits he lost his focus towards the end of last season.

"I was definitely a bit down at times last year and that was probably brought on by myself," Pearce said.

"Every player goes through that at some point - mine was more widely publicised. But I am in a very happy place at the moment ... but I let myself down."

Although Pearce refused to say if his decision to re-sign was dependent on Smith being shown the door, he said he felt rejuvenated by the arrival of new coach Trent Robinson and big-name signings like Sonny Bill Williams and Michael Jennings.

Robinson has preached to his new team the importance of paying more attention to their diets and Pearce has bought into what the former Catalans coach is saying.

"I've tried to be more professional. Robbo has helped bring that in," he said.

"I think last year we lacked a bit of that as footy players. We maybe cut some corners.

"I've been focusing on diet. It's not the be all and end all, but anything that can help give you the edge is good."

St George Illawarra had been widely linked with making a move for Pearce's services following the retirement of Ben Hornby, but staying with the Roosters was always his intention.

"I had expressed to my manager and the club my desire to stay and that's all I had to do really," Pearce said.

"He and Nick (Politis) did the rest and the thought of being a one-club player really excites me."

Pearce has also been named as part of the Roosters' leadership group by Robinson, and the representative star is hopeful of one day succeeding Anthony Minichiello as captain.

"Being named was a real buzz for me. There are six or seven boys that have taken real ownership of that and we didn't in the past," he said.

"I've learned a lot from Mini, he has really stepped up this year and hopefully we can play well for him.

"He is setting the standard and I have learned a lot off him and that's an area where I can put more effort it and one day be the captain myself."
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Confirmed Signings 4 years 10 months ago #5568

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Luke O'Donnell must be on a very small contract.

I can't fathom how the Roosters do it.

And I'm the sort of Accountant who can make numbers do circus tricks.
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Anthony Cherrington has just agreed to terms with Penrith Panthers for 2013 and Beyond Via The Mole
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This might well turn out to be a legitimate signing but this thread is confirmed signings.

Is the RLW Mole say so considered confirmed?

I'll wait for something a little more official than the Mole :huh:
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Confirmed Signings 4 years 10 months ago #5641

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This might well turn out to be a legitimate signing but this thread is confirmed signings.

Is the RLW Mole say so considered confirmed?

I'll wait for something a little more official than the Mole :huh:
And so we should.Especially after him saying Gus' ego is massive.
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Confirmed Signings 4 years 10 months ago #5647

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Another forward would come in handy. If 10 of them go down we'll be thankful we brought him across.
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Confirmed Signings 4 years 9 months ago #5787

The Penrith Panthers are pleased to confirm the signing of Anthony Cherrington for the 2013 and 2014 NRL seasons. Anthony joins the club from the Sydney Roosters.

Panthers General Manager Football Phil Moss says “Anthony is an experienced player and we look forward to seeing his contribution to the Panthers second row this year.”

Out of respect for the Roosters and Anthony, the Panthers will make no further comment at this time.

This is from the Penrith Panthers Facebook Account. Looks like MR. Mole was spot on.
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Parramatta have confirmed the dining of Josh Papalii on a 3 year deal starting from 2014.
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A 3 year dining agreement ? :)

This is a pretty good signing for Stuart. Wonder who is being let go to accommodate him?
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It was a typo Ross, it's a three year meal separate to the three year deal he signed with Parra. Ian Schubert says it's okay. :P

I'm happy that our slimy friends down the road finally signed someone. Now the fun part is waiting for one of the blabbermouths in the club to leak the terms of the deal. :lol:
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More fun is working out just how much Parra have gone over the odds to sign an average first grade footballer...
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Would you be calling him an average first grader if he were a Panther??? I think he is a very good signing for the Eels (unless Canberra are able to convince him to renege on the deal before R13)
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Don't particularly rate him at all... One good game against the Sharks but he hasn't stood out for me much beyond that.

I don't rate people's talent simply on the club they are playing for or have just signed for and can recognize and acknowledge the talent of anyone if I think it is warranted, Parramatta players included.
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I think it's 500k a year Strawbs, allegedly told the Raiders he'd stay for 400k and they declined.
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StrawberryBlonde wrote:
Don't particularly rate him at all... One good game against the Sharks but he hasn't stood out for me much beyond that.

I don't rate people's talent simply on the club they are playing for or have just signed for and can recognize and acknowledge the talent of anyone if I think it is warranted, Parramatta players included.

If "average" is your honest assessment of him than clearly you haven't watched enough of him play or just fail to recognise attributes required in the position he plays.I personally have serious doubts about your ability to do that - to recognise and acknowledge playing talent - given your unhealthy and unwavering support of the person you have in your avatar, and your very dubious opinions on other players in the past that you've made as well. But each to their own of course. :)

I think he's only 21, Josh Papali will probably get picked for Queensland next year and get integrated into that side and replace one of the aging stars in there, and depending on injuries he might even get a mention this year.
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The best thing about rugby league and judging playing talent is that is an entirely subjective exercise.

Add to that, my 'unhealthy and unwavering' support of Adrian Purtell had very, very little to do with playing ability and more with the abhorrent treatment he received from large sections of our 'fan' base.
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StrawberryBlonde wrote:
The best thing about rugby league and judging playing talent is that is an entirely subjective exercise.

No, not really, though I understand why you think this - it is a way to protect yourself from silly comments. Judging whether a player has certain attributes or not isn't subjective. You can either play or you can't.
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Add to that, my 'unhealthy and unwavering' support of Adrian Purtell had very, very little to do with playing ability and more with the abhorrent treatment he received from large sections of our 'fan' base.

I agree, the stick he received from certain sections of our fanbase was way over the top and at times embarrassing. At least we can agree on that.
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