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‘The Roosters are home for me’: Tedesco free to negotiate, but he’s not going anywhere

The Roosters are desperately trying to create some room in their salary cap to register the contracts of Jake Friend and Josh and Brett Morris for next season.

They are also hoping to secure the signature of young gun Joseph Suaalii with the 17-year-old schoolboy rugby prodigy potentially set to confirm a multi-year deal as early as this week.

James Tedesco is put through his paces at NSW training.

James Tedesco is put through his paces at NSW training.Credit:NRL Photos

Tedesco’s main issue is his good friend and mentor Joe Wehbe is not an accredited agent, but Wehbe has forged ahead building a team around him to make sure the game’s most-anticipated deal is finalised.

While fans would love Tedesco wearing their club’s colours, he only has eyes for the red, white and blue. And at 27, Tedesco is entitled to believe his next deal will be the biggest of his career.

“The Roosters are home for me,” Tedesco said on Saturday. “The last few years have been really enjoyable for me; we’ve had a lot of success and I’ve played my best footy. The Roosters have been awesome.

“I haven’t talked to anyone. I wanted to get through the finals before I sorted [my future] out, now I’m in Origin camp, so after this camp I’m sure it will get sorted.”

James Tedesco is keen to reamin at the Roosters.

James Tedesco is keen to reamin at the Roosters.Credit:Getty

Tedesco had a bitter falling out with previous agent Isaac Moses and even suggested last year he was tempted to broker any future deals himself. He made a point of saying how much he leant on Wehbe even when he was contracted to Moses.

“There are other third parties I don’t want to deal with by myself,” Tedesco said. “I want to do my stuff on the field and let them handle the off-field stuff.

“Joe is a guy I’ve spoken to and trusted for a long time now. He’s looking after me. He’s got his people to tick off the management stuff.


“Joe is my right-hand man who I’ve always leaned on with off-field stuff and on the field as well. He’s been my mentor and he’s looking after it all for me.

“It won’t be a complicated process. Joe and I will sit down and talk about it after this. We’ll sort it all out.

“Joe has always been my guy to lean on – even when I had other managers, he was my guy.”

The Roosters this week officially released Kyle Flanagan to the Bulldogs and Poasa Faamausili to the Dragons.

Suaalii is contracted to South Sydney for next year, but is keen to play with their bitter rivals. The Roosters formally approached Souths at the start of the week about The King’s School student being granted an immediate release.

Tedesco, who has been at the Roosters for three years, said of Suaalii: “I haven’t seen much of him. I’ve heard he’s a gun. I’m sure the Roosters will chase him. He’s one of the best players. I’m sure he’ll want to be at the club [because] the Roosters are a top club.”

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