The Sydney Roosters are delighted with Nat Butcher’s three-year contract extension, saying it strengthens their backrow options for at least the next three years. Butcher, who was the NRL’s top tackler in 2023, is committed to the club until 2027, having been a key player for the Roosters since his debut in 2019. He expressed his joy at the extension, saying that the Roosters have been his home since he was 17, and he is excited to continue to be part of the club and the commitment they have to their goals. Additionally, the club also extended another backrower, Brendan Piakura, to 2027, along with securing the services of Jordan Riki for another three years.
On the Gold Coast, Harley Smith-Shields has been signed as part of the Titans’ strategy to bolster their outside back options, while Cronulla has secured prop Toby Rudolf to a new two-year contract. The 21-year-old Piakura, a strong ball runner for the Broncos, has played 67 first grade games since his 2020 debut, further anchoring Brisbane’s forward pack.
The NRL has granted Michael Jennings permission to be provisionally registered with the Roosters after being banned for three years for testing positive to a performance-enhancing drug. The Roosters also secured young forward Siua Wong’s services until the end of the 2026 season and successfully re-signed veteran winger Corey Oates for another year. The NRL transfer center provides details and updates on all the recent player signings and roster changes for each club in the competition.