Roosters release Jennings, snap up Copley

The Sydney Roosters have had a busy Monday, announcing the release of one star and the signing of another.

It’s been revealed NSW star Michael Jennings has signed with Parramatta on a four-year NRL deal after being released by the Roosters.

Jennings, who has played 193 NRL games and made 16 State of Origin appearances for NSW, has signed with the Eels until the end of the 2019 season in a major boost for the club’s backline.


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But it wasn’t all bad news for the Bondi club, who quickly announced they had signed unwanted Brisbane centre Dale Copley.

Copley signed a three-year contract that brings the 24 year-old to the Sydney club with immediate effect through to the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Roosters recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan told the club website he believes Copley will be a valuable asset for the Roosters moving forward.

“We see Dale taking his game to the next level here at the Roosters, and with his signature being sought by a number of clubs, we are pleased to have secured his services,” said O’Sullivan.

“A member of Queensland’s emerging Origin squad, Dale is a tremendous finisher, blessed with wonderful footwork and a natural try-scoring ability. There’s no doubt that he will add some terrific depth to our outside backs, and we look forward to watching his game develop in the coming seasons,” he added.

Since making his NRL debut in 2009, Copley has played 72 top grade games, scoring 31 tries.