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Roosters Radio Episode 98: Jake Friend

In this week's special episode of Roosters Radio, we celebrate the career of our Club captain and leader Jake Friend.

We sit down and have an in-depth conversation with Friendy, going all the way back to his early days when he was recruited by Roosters Hall of Famer, Arthur Beetson, to his NRL debut, his three grand final victories and his Australian and Origin honours as part of his long list of achievements in his wonderful career.

Jake talks to us about recently becoming a father, his future endeavours, what the roosters club means to him and the controversy around last week's magic round.

Lastly, we celebrate his recent addition to the Roosters mural that holds pride of place at Waverley.

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Friend told the story of how he arrived at the Club and the ease of his decision to become a Rooster. 

"I played all my juniors at the Noosa Pirates from nine years old," he said.

"There was an under-14s or under-15s carnival in Redcliffe where I was seen by Artie and brought down. I went through the Club and met the first-graders at the time. Ricky Stuart was the coach at that stage.

"I went through a few other clubs with my parents, and I don't know why but it was an easy decision after going through the Roosters organisation.

"My parents had a bit to do with that but from early on they sort of pushed me towards the Club and I'm glad they did because from day dot it's been an awesome Club.

"It's full of great people and it's given me a lot of the good memories of my life."


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