2014 Player Movements

If it's not broken, don't fix it..

That seems to be the feeling here at Roosters HQ as we head into our 107th NRL season on the back of what was arguably one of the most successful years in Tricolours history with the NRL Title, NRL Minor Premiership, Club Championship and - less than a week ago - the World Club Championship all safely tucked away in the trophy cabinet.

However, 2013 is now well and truly behind us and as Vice-Captain Jake Friend told media last week, the World Club Challenge victory has put a "full-stop on last season" as all focus now switches to building on what was started last year.

Just one player from the Grand Final side that overcame the Sea Eagles for the Club's thirteenth Title back has moved on from the Club, in the form of Luke O'Donnell retiring.

O'Donnell's career spanned 235 games in the top grade, including 11 Tests for Australia, 5 State of Origin appearances for NSW and 20 games here at the Tricolours eventuating in his first NRL Premiership since making his debut for Balmain Tigers back in 1999.

Along with O'Donnell the Club lost long-serving NRL Squad Members Marty Kennedy, Tinirau Arona, Nafe Seluini and Jack Bosden, plus youngsters Adam Henry and Michael Oldfield to the Super League, Under 20s lock John Asiata and fringe players Henare Wells and Josh Ailaomai.

And as with each door that closes another window opens, seeing some new faces join the Roosters ranks for 2014 and beyond over the Off-Season.

French International Remi Casty has arrived in Bondi to link up with his former Catalans Dragons mentor Trent Robinson, who coached the rampaging forward in his stint in the South of France.

Casty played 188 games for the Super League's only French side, after debuting back in 2006 as a 20-year-old, and has represented his country on 19 occasions.

Casty isn't the only arrival at Roosters HQ from the Super League with former Chook Heath L'Estrange returning to the Club where he made his NRL debut back in 2004 against the Brisbane Broncos.

L'Estrange has spent the last three seasons in the Northern Hemisphere with the Bradford Bulls, who he appeared for on 99 occasions before bringing the family home to Bondi for the 2014 season.

Prior to his Super League stint, L'Estrange spent two years with the Sea Eagles and was a member of their 2008 Premiership-winning side.

Casty and L'Estrange aren't the only members of the 'New Kids Corner' in 2014 with the accomplished duo joined by Sio Siua Taukeiaho from across the ditch, young-gun Jonathon Reuben from the nation's capital and Dragons-youngsters Jackson Hastings and Kem Seru.

Hastings, the son of Roosters legend Kevin, will lead the Junior Chooks around the park in the Holden Cup ion 2014 but has spent his Pre-Season working alongside Premiership-winning and NSW halves Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney.

Hastings is joined in the Under 20s Squad by former Bradford Bull Curtis Naughton, who at just 19 years of age makes the trip from the mother country to the Bondi with one Super League appearance against his name from the 2013 season.

In addition to the new faces here for 2014, former Under 20s Skipper Rhyse Martin was also promoted over the summer months to a full-time NRL contract.

So, now for some footy!

Full stop.

 

2014 Sydney Roosters Player Movements

Gains: Remi Casty (Catalans Dragons), Heath L'Estrange (Bradford), Sio Siua Taukeiaho (Warriors), Jonathon Reuben (Raiders), Curtis Naughton (Bradford), Jackson Hastings (Dragons), Kem Seru (Dragons)

Losses: Luke O'Donnell (retired), Martin Kennedy (Broncos), Adam Henry (Bradford Bulls), Tinirau Arona (Sharks), Nafe Seluini (Released), Michael Oldfield (Catalans Dragons), Josh Ailaomai (Dragons), Jack Bosden (Released), Henare Wells (Burleigh Bears), John Asiata (Cowboys)