It was a slew of signings at the Sydney Roosters headquarters today and to follow on from the signings of Scott Dureau and Nathan Stapleton, the club has re-signed fan favourite and improving hooker Jake Friend.
With his career once on the ropes after numerous indiscretions, he has turned his life around in a big way and has since become a staple in the side.
The new deal will see Friend stay with the club until the end of 2018 and for Friend, the entire orgnisation – the team, staff and coaches – all were a reason behind his decision to stay.
â€œThe team, coaches and everyone involved at the Roosters mean the world to me and I couldnâ€™t see myself playing anywhere else,â€ said Friend.
â€œThe club has always supported me and Iâ€™m so proud that Iâ€™ll continue to be a part of this team and represent the Roosters,â€ he added.
Regarded as a future captain by many fans, Roosters Chief Operating Officer Brian Canavan was pleased to have re-signed Friend long-term.
â€œItâ€™s a wonderful coup for the Roosters to have Jake secured in a long-term agreement with our club,â€ said Canavan.
â€œJake joined the Roosters as part of our pathway program when he was 15 years-old, and has developed into an integral leader both on and off the field.â€
A hard-worker and a player that tries his heart out every game, since his time at the Roosters, coach Trent Robinson has been pleased with the efforts of Friend.
â€œJake works tirelessly on the important role he plays within the team and continues to improve on and off the field,” said Robinson.
â€œA big part of the future of our club, Jake leads by example and is someone not only I but everyone at the club values. Iâ€™m really looking forward to watching him continue to grow in the coming seasons.”