Sport Roosters' cut-price deal for All Blacks star revealed

15:15  16 april  2021
15:15  16 april  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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It's been revealed the Sydney Roosters will offer All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara a cut-price deal to join the club for the remainder of the 2021 NRL season.

After reports emerged yesterday the Roosters had flagged an interest in the rugby union halfback, the Tricolours are hopeful they can lure Perenara on a one-year deal worth close to $130,000 according to a Sydney Morning Herald report.

The 29-year-old is off-contract with New Zealand Rugby at the end of the year but is currently on a one-year deal with Japanese side Red Hurricanes.

Perenara's side has qualified for the play-offs of the Japanese Top League season, with the season to conclude on May 23.

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But the mid-year finish would allow the New Zealand star to be available for the Roosters by Round 14 of the NRL season at the earliest after ticking off quarantine duties in Australia.

a close up of a man: TJ Perenara © Getty TJ Perenara

Perenara's link to the Roosters comes days after All Blacks great Sir John Kirwan called on NZR to not re-sign the halfback, a veteran of 69 tests, for 2022 and beyond.

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It has been reported the Roosters reached out to Perenara's agent Warren Alcock.

"We are talking to NZR and other parties that have approached us," Alcock told TVNZ.

It has been reported the Roosters would use Perenara as a hooker given their current crises in that area with Jake Friend retiring due to a nasty run of concussions and Sam Verrills currently on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Under a new rule in 2021, if Perenara was to sign with the Roosters before August 2, he would be eligible to play the remainder of the season.

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