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The Sydney Roosters have today agreed to release centre Michael Jennings from the final year of his playing contract to allow him the opportunity to secure his long-term future at another NRL club.

Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan, said: “It is with reluctance that we have granted this request for Michael’s immediate release. However, we do so with the view that it is in his best interests to secure his long-term future.”

Jennings, who made his Club debut in the opening round of the 2013 season – playing 71 first grade games for the Roosters – said: “While I’m sad to be leaving, I know it’s the right call for my long-term future and I’m excited about that.

“I’m a better person for my time at the Roosters. From Robbo and all the staff and players, I’ve been part of a great family at the Club. I’ve made some lifelong friends over the last three years and the Roosters will always be special to me,” he added.

Roosters Head Coach, Trent Robinson, thanked 27 year-old Jennings – who scored a memorable try in the Roosters 2013 Premiership win – for his service to the Club.

“Jenko is a good man and I’ve loved coaching him. He’s had a big impact on the development of some of the younger players at the Roosters, and his contribution will live long in the memories of everyone associated with the Club,” said Robinson.

“I know I speak on behalf of everyone associated with the Roosters in wishing Jenko and his wife Kirra all the very best,” he added.

The Sydney Roosters would like to thank Michael for his service to the Club and wish him the best in his career moving forward.

Acknowledgement of Country

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