You know a young player is highly rated when it becomes a tug-of-war between two clubs to acquire his services but it is the Sydney Roosters that have come out on top, signing St George Illawarra Dragons youngster Jackson Hastings on a 3-year deal.
Hastings, just 17 and an Australian schoolboy representative has shown his talents and skills numerous times this season, with the allure of working alongside and looking up to Mitch Pearce and James Maloney a big factor behind his decision.
â€œThe Roosters were the team I grew up supporting so Iâ€™m stoked to be joining the club,” said Hastings.
“Iâ€™ve still got a lot to learn and Iâ€™m excited to be joining guys like Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney who I can who makes the best electronic cigarette learn so much from.”
If the name rings a bell when you think of former Roosters players, then you might remember Kevin Hastings, the father of Jackson, who played for the club from 1976 to 1987.
With a big future ahead of him and the ability to get even better, Roosters Recruitment Manager Peter O’Sullivan believes that the only way is up for the talented utility.
â€œJackson is a wonderfully talented young man who can play in the halves, at hooker or fullback,” said O’Sullivan.
“As we know, he hails from a proud rugby league legacy, but in saying that, Jackson is his own young man and we look forward to watching him develop on and off the footy field in the coming years.â€