The Sydney Roosters have received a massive boost, with star prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves extending his stay at the club after signing a two-year contract extension.
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The 26-year-old was off-contract at the end of the 2015 season and was reportedly being chased by a number of rival clubs including former side Manly.
The deal keeps Waerea-Hargreaves in Roosters colours until the end of the 2017 season.
“I’m fortunate I get to live my dream every day. I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else – I love the Roosters and am so proud to represent the club,” Waerea-Hargreaves said in a club statement.
“There’s a strong culture at the Roosters and we’re a tight bunch. We have a fantastic team on and off the field and I’m so happy that I’ll continue to be a part of it.”
Roosters coach Trent Robinson said Waerea-Hargreaves was a well-respected member of the squad both on and off the field.
“Highly respected by the coaching staff and his teammates, Jared is an integral member of our leadership group and someone not only I but everyone at the Roosters values for his contributions both on and off the field, and it’s great to know that he’ll continue to play his role at the club for a further two years,” Robinson said.
Waerea-Hargreaves has played 112 first-grade matches for the Roosters and was part of the club’s 2013 premiership win.