The move may not please Roosters fans too much, given that he was a key figure in their NSW Cup grand final win – but prop Mose Masoe has been released effective immediately by the Roosters to join the Penrith Panthers, pending NRL approval.
Masoe, who is a Rooster junior, has a good number of years left in front of him – and for Roosters COO Brian Canavan, with options available elsewhere, they did what they felt was best for Masoe's career.
â€œMose has a lot to offer the NRL and the clubâ€™s decision to grant him a release was based on what we consider in the best interest of his long-term playing future,” said Canavan.
â€œMose has come through the Roosters junior grades and been a wonderful contributor to the club both on and off the field, and he leaves with our very best wishes for the future.â€
For the Panthers, it further strengthens their forward pack, with the club eager to see what Masoe can do on the training paddock and the field.
â€œMose will be a tremendous asset to our forward pack. We look forward to welcoming him into the squad once negotiations have been completed,” said Panthers GM of Football, Phil Moss.