A Farewell To Our Departing Players

As October comes to a close and the 2019 pre-season is just around the corner, the Sydney Roosters bid farewell to our departing players.

SEAN O'SULLIVAN

Sean O'Sullivan joined the Sydney Roosters in 2017 with a full first grade pre-season under his belt.

He worked hard during an up-and-down Jersey Flegg campaign, which ultimately helped him grow for what was an eventful 2018 season.

His season started with a stint in the Under 20s competition, then progressed to Reserve Grade as he stepped up to the Wyong Roos squad with strong results. 

In Round 18 of the NRL Telstra Premiership season, O'Sullivan made his NRL debut against the Gold Coast Titans.

He scored his first career try and got the win. 

O'Sullivan joins the Brisbane Broncos for the 2019 season and beyond.

CLUB STATS: 1 appearance, 27 tackles, 1 line break, 1 try

REECE ROBINSON

Reece Robinson joined the Sydney Roosters late in the 2018 pre-season after Bernard Lewis sustained a season ending ACL injury. 

He made his return to rugby league after a two year stint playing Rugby Union. 

His Club debut came in Round 3 and he went on to play the next three games. 

Robisnon scored his first and only Roosters try against the Cronulla Sharks in Round 5. 

CLUB STATS: 4 appearances, 1 try, 10 tackle breaks, 98 average running metres

KURT BAPTISTE

Kurt Baptiste joined the Sydney Roosters in the early stages of the 2018 NRL season after Grant Garvey was granted a release late in the pre-season. 

He made his Club debut in Round 9 against the Manly Sea Eagles and went on to play 9 matches with the Club. 

In limited time on the field, Baptiste worked hard when his number was called. 

On top of some solid performances from the bench for the Roosters, he represented Papua New Guinea in a mid-season test match against Fiji.

Baptiste will join the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2019 season. 

CLUB STATS: 9 appearances, 1 try assist, 63 made tackles

MITCHELL CORNISH

Mitchell Cornish spent two years with the Sydney Roosters as a back-up halfback that always had his hand up when he was required.

After playing his first 80 minutes of NRL football in 2017, Cornish stepped up once again when he partnered Cooper Cronk in the halves in Round 1.

He spent the majority of the season with the Wyong Roos where he flourished under coach Rip Taylor.

Cornish will be retiring from professional football and taking up a job working in Insurance on the Central Coast. 

On the weekends he will play with his brothers representing the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs. 

ELONI VUNAKECE

One of the great stories in rugby league, Eloni Vunakece joined the Sydney Roosters for the 2016 pre-season.

He trained with the Sydney Roosters in the afternoon and spent his mornings working as a garbage man.

Vunakece made his long awaited NRL debut against the Manly Sea Eagles in Round 4 and went on to play nine NRL matches that season.

He was a standout performer for the Wyong Roos in his three seasons playing in reserve grade, was a hard worker when he trained with the first grade squad and gave his all when he represented Fiji. 

Vunakece has retired from professional football and will pursue a career as a full time Professional Trainer. 

PAUL MOMIROVSKI

Paul Momirovski has experienced success in just about every grade in his time at the Sydney Roosters. 

He was a part of the 2014 SG Ball winning squad, the 2016 Holden Cup championship winning squad, the 2017 NRL Auckland Nines squad and played a big role in the 2018 NRL Premiership winning squad.

Momirovski made his NRL debut against the Gold Coast Titans in Round 18 and scored the first try of the match, then played his final match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Grand Final decider and scored the match winning try. 

He joins the Wests Tigers in 2019 in pursuit of playing first grade football and the Club wishes him nothing but the best in the future. 

CLUB STATS: 2 appearances, 2 tries, 114 running metres, 2 wins

FRANK-PAUL NUUAUSALA

Frank-Paul 'The Wrecking Ball' Nuuausala was a welcomed return to the Sydney Roosters in 2018 as he worked hard and mentored the young forwards in the squad.

In a career that has spanned 186 games in the NRL, Nuuausala made his NRL debut with the Roosters and played 153 games for the Club between 2007-2014.

He was a member of the Club's 2013 Premiership-winning side and returned to the Roosters in 2018.

He also made 31 appearances with the Canberra Raiders between 2015-2016.

In the English Super League, Nuuausala played 47 matches with the Wigan Warriors between 2016-2017 and was a member of their Super League title-winning side in 2016.

Nuuausala got a job working in the mines and will look to spend more time with his family. 

CLUB STATS: 155 appearances, 15 tries, 79 wins 

RYAN MATTERSON

After a successful three year stint at the Sydney Roosters, the Club says farewell to Ryan Matterson. 

Matterson made his NRL and Club debut on Anzac day in 2016 in what was arguably the most impressive debut of the season. 

He played every position bar fullback in his time at the Club, but most of his work was done in the second row. 

Always looking to improve his game and his body, Matterson was a strong talker on and off the field and has been one of the more colourful characters. 

His final moments in Roosters colours were spent celebrating the NRL Premiership victory.

Matterson has signed a deal with the Wests Tigers for the 2019 season and beyond. 

The Sydney Roosters wish him all the best going forward. 

CLUB STATS: 60 appearances, 10 tries, 36 wins

BLAKE FERGUSON

The Sydney Roosters say farewell to Blake Ferguson after four memorable seasons. 

Ferguson joined the Club in 2015 where he had an outstanding return to the NRL in the centres. 

In 2016, Ferguson started the season as the first choice fullback and spent some time alternating between different backline position depending on where he was required. 

He found a home on the wing in 2017, which is where he stayed for the majority of the remainder of his time at the club.

Ferguson had an outstanding campaign for the Club in his final season, finishing the year with the most tries and had an NRL high in running metres and post contact metres.

As a result, he was awarded the Dally M Winger of the Year and finished the season holding the Premiership trophy. 

Blake Ferguson joins the Parramatta Eels in 2019 after signing a contract mid-season. 

We wish him nothing but the absolute best in the future.

CLUB STATS: 91 appearances, 51 tries, 8 goals, 57 wins