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Super League transfer targets make big decisions on their futures

Daniel Tupou has previously been linked with St Helens

The Sydney Roosters have announced that three-time Premiership winners, vice-captain Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and one-club man Daniel Tupou, have re-committed to the Club for season 2024.

Both players have been linked with a move to Super League in 2024.

In the case of JWH there was even talk he could move across before the 2023 season with Catalans Dragons reportedly interested.

It was then suggested he had a choice between retirement and Super League but his good form has earned him a new deal with the Roosters.

Likewise Daniel Tupou was said to be considering a big money move to Super League with St Helens boss Mike Rush telling sources in Australia that they would be interested.

However, like JWH, Tupou is staying put in 2024.

The longest-serving and most experienced player in the Roosters’ squad, Waerea-Hargreaves made his Club debut in 2010 and has played all but six of the 287 NRL games he has featured in so far with the Roosters. He is currently the fourth most-capped player in the Club’s 114-year history behind only Luke Ricketson (301 games), Anthony Minichiello (302 games) and Mitchell Aubusson (306).

Waerea-Hargreaves was appointed vice captain in 2013 and is a two-time recipient of the Club’s prestigious Clubman of the Year award (2012, 2017). He is also a regular finalist for the Roosters’ Jack Gibson Medal for Player of the Year, which he won in 2012. In the representative arena, the proud Kiwi is a former winner of the NZRL Player of the Year award and finalist for the RLIF Golden Boot.

Having made his NRL debut with the Roosters in 2012, Tupou is the longest-serving member of the Roosters’ backline. Over the 230 games he has played to date, he has scored 136 tries and is second only to Anthony Minichiello (139) on the list of the Club’s all-time try-scorers. He has featured in 10 games for NSW and represented Australia and Tonga on the international stage.

Tupou, himself a former winner of the Sydney Roosters Clubman of the Year award (2019), was excited to re-commit for another season.

“I cherish every opportunity I get to represent the Sydney Roosters. I love this club and the people in it,” said Tupou.

“I’m excited about what’s ahead and look forward to continuing to work hard and play my role within the team,” he added.

Roosters Head Coach, Trent Robinson, was pleased that the experience and leadership of Tupou and Waerea-Hargreaves would continue to benefit the team.

“Daniel and Jared have each been a big part of our team for a number of years now, and they are highly respected for their strong work ethics and for being good people. I love coaching them and it’s great that they will continue to play their roles at the Roosters,” said Robinson.

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