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Super League target finally decides on his future

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NRL half-back Chad Townsend has reportedly decided his future after months of Super League speculation.

The 33-year-old is a former NRL Premiership champion and has over 250 games of experience in the Southern Hemisphere’s premier competition.

Townsend has long been rumoured to be a Super League target and there were reports mid-way through last year that he was offered to sides such as Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Hull FC.

He has started almost every game for the North Queensland Cowboys this year, but at 33, they may look to replace him with someone else – with Jake Clifford, formerly of Hull FC, snapping at his heels.

He’s off-contract at the end of this season and, therefore, able to secure a move elsewhere.

Recently, Sydney Morning Herald reported that he had held a video call with Catalans Dragons – but it seems that Luke Keary of Sydney Roosters will instead be heading to Perpignan.

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North Queensland Cowboys had already confirmed that he’d be leaving, and now, it looks like Townsend will in fact be heading to the Roosters – to replace Luke Keary, as it turns out.

The Courier Mail says he will sign a 300,000 AUD deal to sign for the Sydney Roosters, who have beaten Canterbury Bulldogs and Catalans to his signature.

The deal will be finalised this week.

It’s reported that he will be an experienced hand to help in the development of young playmaker Sam Walker.

The Cowboys, facing salary cap struggles, are looking to focus on promoting youth, making this deal possible.

The North Queensland Cowboys’ Michael Luck said: “We told Chad last week that there would be nothing here for him unfortunately with the salary cap.

“We brought him here for three years to do a job and he has a chance to finish on a really good note.

“He has mentored our younger blokes and done a great job, Tom Duffy is shooting the lights out in the Queensland Cup. Jake Clifford is a more mature player since coming back and Tommy Dearden is now an Origin player, so we can’t have asked anymore of him.”

Now, he will take his qualities to Sydney.

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