After a successful stint in the Holden Cup in 2015, Joseph Manu took a step up this season, spending some time with the Wyong Roos squad and even making his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters.
He started the season playing with the Holden Cup squad and was showing his usual impressive form, eventually shuffling to the reserve grade squad for a short stint.
In Round 15 of the NRL Telstra Premiership season, Manu made his NRL debut for the Roosters against the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium and didn't look a foot out of place.
He would be called back to first grade in Round 18 when the Roosters faced the Parramatta Eels, and would force his way into the highlight reel with a classic try-saving tackle on Bevan French.
At season's end, Manu (along with teammate Nat Butcher) was named in the Holden Cup Team Of The Year, and would go on to play his best football in the Holden Cup finals series for the Roosters.
He scored two tries in the Grand Final, with the young Roosters going on to win the competition.
Manu has committed to the Club until at least the end of the 2018 season, and we look forward to watching the young-gun progress under the watchful eye of Head Coach Trent Robinson.
2016 NRL STATS
PLAYED: 3 | RUNNING METRES: 353 | HIT UPS: 41
2016 NYC STATS
PLAYED: 17 | TRIES: 10 | LINE BREAKS: 8 | RUNNING METRES: 2246