He can be a hot or cold player and Sydney Roosters fans will be the first to admit that but deep down, they love him. Now, despite speculation linking him elsewhere, they can cheer, as centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall re-signs with the club until the end of 2017.
A Kiwi international, the Roosters are the only club at the top level that the man nicknamed SKD has ever known. He has played his entire career at the club and sees it as his home.
â€œIâ€™m so proud to represent the Roosters. Iâ€™ve grown up here and this is my home,â€ said Kenny-Dowall.
â€œWe have a fantastic team here on and off the field, especially our coach Trent Robinson who has helped develop my game. Thereâ€™s a great culture at the Roosters and Iâ€™m so happy that Iâ€™ll continue to play my role at the Club for a further two years,â€ he added.
It was back when Kenny-Dowall was 16 that he first joined the Roosters, coming through the club’s pathway program. Since then, he has blossomed and established himself as a quality first-grader. Club COO Brian Canavan knows how crucial he is to the side.
â€œShaun came to the Roosters as part of our pathway program as a 16 year-old and has developed into not only a wonderful player and Clubman, but also a wonderful ambassador for both the Roosters and the NRL,â€ said Canavan.
Working with Kenny-Dowall regularly, Roosters coach Trent Robinson praised the efforts of the centre as a player on the field and a person off it.
â€œShaun is a terrific player on the field and just as importantly a terrific man away from the game,” said Robinson.
“A true Clubman, Shaunâ€™s growth over the years has seen him develop into a leader for our young crop to follow and its great news that he will continue to play his role at the Roosters for a further two years.â€