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Canterbury Bulldogs forward Renouf Atoni will officially move to the Sydney Roosters in 2022, signing a two-year contract with the club.
The 26-year-old has played 43 games since making his first-grade debut in 2018, and has great untapped potential despite the Bulldogs’ struggles in recent years. Hovland and Garcia ‘exceeded’ the captain’s expectations. European Harrington0: 02PauseNext video0: 09/0: 52SettingFull ScreenMore VideosMore VideosMore Videos
Roosters coach Trent Robinson said the club is excited to welcome Atoni to Bondi in the coming months.
“Renouf is a powerful ball runner with great skills and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the Roosters when our preseason begins in a few months,” he said.
The signing of Atoni and the extension of rookie Naufuhu Whyte will fill the gap left by forward Isaac Liu, who has signed with the Gold Coast Titans for next year.
Robinson praised the 19-year-old, who has been committed to the Tricolors until at least the end of 2024.
“It has been exciting to see the younger players on our team pass, and Fahu is a hard worker who has bought into what it means to be a Rooster,” he said.
“I really want to see him continue to grow as a player and as a person in the coming seasons.”
Whyte played three games in his debut season, all of which he came off the bench, averaging 52 meters per game.
He described his place on the Roosters as a “blessing” and wants to continue learning from the club’s older forwards.
“I am very proud to be a Rooster and grateful for every opportunity the club has given me,” he said.
“It is a blessing to learn from Robbo and the veteran players we have here like Jared and Siua.
“I’m really happy that this is where I’ll continue to make my home and work on my game.”
The new signings complete a fantastic forward package that features players like Victor Radley, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Angus Crichton, as well as rising stars like Egan Butcher and Lindsay Collins.