Retaining young, junior talent is imperative in rugby league and the Sydney Roosters have moved swiftly to re-sign three of theirs.
Latrell Mitchell, Joseph Manu and Nat Butcher have all re-signed until the end of the 2020 season.
The young trio have all progressed through the club’s junior grades winning either SG Ball titles or Holden Cup titles.
Mitchell has enjoyed an impressive start to his rugby league career, scoring 29 tries in his 48 NRL games to date.
The chance to continue learning off coach Trent Robinson and the senior players influenced Mitchell’s decision.
“I’m very proud to represent the Roosters,” Mitchell said.
The Club means a lot to me, and I’m learning so much from Robbo, the coaches and senior players around me, so I’m glad that I’ll continue to be part of the team here.”
Involved with the club since the age of 17, there was no thought of leaving for Manu who loves the club.
“I’ve been with the Roosters since I was 17, and I love it here,” Manu said.
We’re a tight group and I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard with Robbo and my teammates to keep improving my game.”
Captain of the Roosters 2016 Holden Cup winning side, Butcher’s aim is to keep developing and work hard for that elusive first-grade spot.
“I’m really happy to have re-signed with the Roosters,” Butcher said.
“I know there’s a lot of improvement in me, and I’m focused on continuing my development and hopefully securing my opportunity to play some good football for the Club.”
Retaining the young trio is a boost for the club and they all drew praise from Roosters recruitment manager Adam Hartigan.
“In their own right, Latrell, Joey and Nat are outstanding young men,” Hartigan said.
“Their work ethic precedes them and they are terrific contributors to the Roosters both on and off the field.”
“Their best football is still ahead of them, and its great news for the Roosters to have Latrell, Joey and Nat locked in to the Club’s long-term plans,” he added.