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Joseph Manu confirms he will depart Roosters

NRL Rd 5 - Bulldogs v Roosters

The Sydney Roosters have confirmed that Joseph Manu will leave the club at the end of the season to pursue a new opportunity in a new code.

On Tuesday, Manu informed the Roosters that he will make the move to rugby union by signing with the Toyota Verblitz (a Japanese rugby club).

“I have cherished my time playing rugby league for the Roosters so it’s been a tough decision to leave the club and NRL,” said Manu.

“I will always be grateful to wear the Roosters jersey and to everyone who has supported me and provided me with some incredible opportunities.

“While I’m excited to embrace the challenge of playing rugby in Japan, right now I am focused on finishing this year strongly and performing at my very best for the Roosters.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 15: Joseph Manu of the Roosters evades the tackle of Morgan Harper of the Bulldogs during the round five NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Sydney Roosters at Bankwest Stadium on June 15, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Roosters head coach Trent Robinson thanked Joseph Manu for his tenure at the club and wishes him all the best in the 15-man code.

“Joey has been open about his desire to experience the challenge of living overseas with his young family, and of playing in a different environment, so while we are sad to see him go, we fully support him,” Robinson added.

“Joey will always be a Rooster. He is very clear on what he wants to achieve this season and we look forward to sharing the year ahead.”

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