The Roosters have distanced themselves from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, but his services will not lack interest if the reports he wishes to withdraw from rugby are profitable.
Brent Read revealed on NRL 360 that the Roosters feel well supplied at the back, but he believes Tuivasa-Sheck will return to the NRL and that could spark a bidding war from a number of clubs looking of a rear of its quality.
“John Kirwan, the former All Black and Warriors player, came out in New Zealand and said Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had a deal on the table and he thought it was with the Roosters,” Read said on NRL 360.
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“I checked with the Roosters and they said it doesn’t make sense that they have four fullbacks already.
“The Roosters basically distanced themselves from that.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Roger Tuivasa-Sheck eventually returns.
“There’s a lot of money in Japanese rugby that he can pick up and then come back to.”
Paul Kent believes Tuivasa-Sheck is frustrated with the lack of opportunities in the All Blacks starting squad which could see him opting for a return to rugby league.
“He may have heard whispers that he would return to rugby league,” Kent said of Kirwan’s comments.
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“The other thing with RTS is that he’s not leaving for the All Blacks.
“He went to rugby to play for the All Blacks and he’s not a starter. It gets frustrating for elite athletes when you’re continually on the bench.
Phil Rothfield thinks the Dolphins would do well to play for the former New Zealand captain.
“Does Wayne Bennett still need a fullback at the Dolphins?” said Rothfield.
However, Read thinks the Tigers and Knights will go hard for Tuivasa-Sheck if he returns to the 13-man code.
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“I think Bennett is close to something at the Dolphins,” Read said.
“As far as Roger is concerned, there are a host of clubs who would be looking to sign him.
“The Tigers are a no-brainer because they talked to Daine Laurie about playing in the halves.
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“Newcastle is another. They would love to move Kalyn Ponga in five-eights.
Anasta believes there are a number of clubs that could use someone of Tuivasa-Sheck’s skill, experience and class on and off the pitch.
“He would be an asset to any team because not only his performance on the pitch, but off it, he’s just an ultimate professional and he’s a great leader,” Anasta said.
Tuivasa-Sheck, 29, scored 58 tries in 195 games for the Roosters and Warriors from 2012-2021 and scored 11 tries in 10 tests for New Zealand, while winning the 2018 Dally M Medal and a Prime Minister in 2013.
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