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Sign Rooster Moa to new NRL deal: Cordner

Star back-rower Boyd Cordner has urged the Sydney Roosters to move quickly to re-sign off-contract prop Sam Moa, after his rampaging effort for the Kiwis in Friday's Test match.
Sign Rooster Moa to new NRL deal: Cordner
by AAP

By James MacSmith

SYDNEY, May 6 AAP - Star back-rower Boyd Cordner has urged the Sydney Roosters to move quickly to re-sign off-contract prop Sam Moa, after his rampaging effort for the Kiwis in Friday's Test match.

Moa was sensational in New Zealand's brave loss to Australia and continued his rapid ascension from relative NRL unknown at the start of the 2013 season, to premiership winner and battle-hardened Test front-rower.

He is the Roosters' highest-profile player off contract at the end of this season and, with money freed up due to the departure of Sonny Bill Williams, he could expect a significant upgrade.

Kangaroos forward Cordner rated Moa one of the game's leading props and said the club should move swiftly to secure his signature.

"Last year coming in, he burst onto the scene and he was enormous for us," Cordner said on Tuesday.

"He is great for us, week-in, week-out. He is really consistent; he is one of our best players every week.

"I wouldn't like to see him go and, hopefully, we can secure him for a long-term deal.

"No one really knew much of him because of his stint over in Super League.

"When he came back, ever since round one, he has proved himself and now he is one of the in-form props of the comp.

"It is just a pleasure playing with him every week."

Moa's manager Sam Ayoub met Roosters officials on Tuesday to discuss the 27-year-old's future, amid interest from two NRL rivals.

"The Roosters tabled us a two-year offer today and we are working through it," Ayoub said.

Moa starred in a Kiwi side controversially minus his front-row partner at the tricolours Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

The Roosters meet Wests Tigers in round nine of the NRL on Friday at Allianz Stadium and Cordner expects Waerea-Hargreaves to be fired up.

"If anyone knows Jared, he is always positive; he is sweet; he is ready to go on Friday night," Cordner said.

"He might have been disappointed but Jared just moves on. He doesn't take that to heart - he will be looking for a big game on Friday night.

"They (Tigers) have played some good footy. In the early rounds, they showed what they can do against Souths and Manly, so we will be ready for a battle up front."


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