‘He’s close to signing’: All Blacks’ Perenara on track to join Roosters

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is confident the Roosters are on track to land TJ Perenara after Sonny Bill Williams confirmed to the Kiwi prop that the All Black was “close” to signing.

Waerea-Hargreaves said he had asked Williams for an insight into his former teammate’s plans in Melbourne last month, when Williams was on commentary duties for the Roosters’ round six clash and was staying in the same hotel as the players.

TJ Perenara and Sonny Bill Williams during their time together with the All Blacks in 2018.Credit:Getty

“There are such talented players doing it for so long in rugby union, but you want to see that talent come and give it a crack over here for sure,” Waerea-Hargreaves said. “They’ve been doing it for a long time in rugby union so they should come on over.”

Now a key leader for the Roosters due to the string of injuries, Waerea-Hargreaves said he also addressed the playing group shortly after Morris’ heartbreaking address in the sheds post-game on Sunday.

Morris first spoke about the privilege of having captained the club before Waerea-Hargreaves jumped in to speak about the importance of uniting as a group through the horror injury spell.

The players then stayed back to share a beer with one another, which he said was “important” for the group.

“It’s just about staying tight. I actually wanted to come into training yesterday, but we had the day off,” he said. “We’ve copped a lot of big injuries the last few weeks and you have a lot of young guys sitting in a room who don’t really know the highs and lows of rugby league.

“It was just making it clear whatever we are doing we do together we stay tight and we stay united because you can start overthinking things and you can go into your own shell.”

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