Sydney Roosters fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck today informed the Club and players that he has signed with the New Zealand Warriors from 2016.
“While we are disappointed to have not been able to retain Roger, we are aware of his ties to New Zealand and respect the decision he has made,” said Roosters Chief Operating Officer, Football, Brian Canavan.
“Roger is a wonderful young man, and there’s no denying his terrific skills as a footballer and we’re proud to have played a role in helping develop Roger into the player he is today.
“He has been a key contributor to our Club in recent years, and I’m sure he will continue to be for the remainder of the season.”
21 year-old Tuivasa-Sheck, who joined the Roosters in 2012 and made his NRL debut with the Club in the later stages of that season, said: “This hasn’t been an easy decision for me. The Roosters have treated me so well ever since I got here and I owe the Club a lot, but the lure of going home to New Zealand was too great.
“I’ve learned so much from Trent Robinson and made some lifelong friends at the Roosters, and for the rest of the year, I’m focussed on doing the very best job I can for the Club. And right now, my number one focus is on preparing for our game against the Broncos on Friday night.”
Tuivasa-Sheck has played 62 games for the Roosters to date since making his NRL debut against the Gold Coast Titans at Allianz Stadium in Round 21 of the 2012 season and was a member of the Roosters 2013 Premiership-winning side. He has also represented New Zealand on 7 occasions.