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Sydney Roosters In Talks To Sign All Blacks Star TJ Perenara

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Sydney Roosters In Talks To Sign All Blacks Star TJ Perenara

With Jake Friend recently announcing his immediate retirement from rugby league, the Sydney Roosters have been left a man short in the hooker department.

But fear not Chooks fans, because Nick Politis has got yet another trick up his sleeve.

According to reports from 1 NEWS in New Zealand, the Roosters are in advanced talks to sign All Blacks star TJ Perenara and it's understood the World Cup-winner is "seriously considering" it too.

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I mean, if you're hoping to fill the void left by Friend's absence then this bloke will be the man to do it - even with his very little rugby league experience.

"We are talking to NZR (New Zealand Rugby) and other parties that have approached us," Perenara's agent Warren Alcock told 1 NEWS.

TJ Perenara. Credit: PA
TJ Perenara. Credit: PA

The code switch from union to league comes after rumours that NZR were not planning on re-signing Perenara.

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The former Hurricanes ace has been plying his trade in the Japanese Top League with the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes but with his contract set to end he's in need of a new team.

And it seems NRL side the Roosters have acted fast by being one of the first teams to tap up the 29-year-old for his future services.

If the deal does get done, Perenara will follow in the footsteps of his former All Blacks teammate and distant relative Sonny Bill Williams.

Not only does SBW have a decorated career in the NRL with both the Chooks and Bulldogs, but he was also parachuted in late last season to help the Roosters when they were struck down with injuries.

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Sonny Bill Williams. Credit: Sydney Roosters
Sonny Bill Williams. Credit: Sydney Roosters

And it seems the Tricolours are on the brink of doing something similar with Perenara this campaign.

Oh, and it turns out he's also the cousin of respected NRL referee Henry Perenara - who knew?

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Topics: New Zealand, nrl news, All Blacks, Sonny Bill Williams, Rugby Union, nrl, Transfer news, Australia, Sydney Roosters

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