Roosters sign Tedesco, release Evans

Thursday May 4, 2017

The Sydney Roosters have signed talented fullback James Tedesco while also announcing the departure of prop-forward Kane Evans at seasons end.

Tedesco, 24, will join the Roosters next year on a four-year deal, while Evans has put pen to paper and signed with Parramatta for the next three years.

“James is a tremendously exciting talent whose signature we are pleased to have secured and we look forward to welcoming him to the Roosters in 2018,” said Sydney Roosters CEO, Joe Kelly.

The reigning Dally M fullback of the year has so far played 78 NRL matches for the Wests Tigers, debuting for New South Wales during the 2016 State of Origin series.

Speaking about Evans’ contribution to the Roosters, Kelly added, “A popular clubman, Kane has been a significant contributor to the Sydney Roosters since he joined the Club as a 17-year-old and we respect his decision to secure his long-term playing future.

“We wish Kane all the very best in his career going forward, however in the short-term, we look forward to Kane continuing to be an integral member of our squad for the remainder of the year,” he added.

Evans has played 62 NRL matches to date for the Roosters, representing Fiji in eight Tests, NSW City Origin in 2015 and the World All-Stars a year later.

“The Roosters have played such a huge part in helping me become the man I am today and I’ll be eternally grateful to Robbo, the players and all the staff at the Club for that and the lifelong friendships I’ve made along the way,” said Kane Evans.

“Looking ahead, I’m pleased to have my future sorted out, but for now, I’m just determined to give my all for the rest of the season and thank everyone at the Roosters for all their support over the years,” he added.