Finally, some good news at Bondi.
Sydney Roosters vice-captain Boyd Cordner has rejected the overtures of Newcastle coach Nathan Brown to return home, re-signing with the NRL club on a new two-year deal.
Just one week after skipper Mitchell Pearce left the country to address his alcohol issues, the contract extension for their other NSW State of Origin star is welcome news for hurting Roosters fans.
Cordner, who took out the Roosters’ 2015 player of the year award, called the club his home.
“I love the Roosters. I’ve been with the club since I was 16 years old and this is my home,” Cordner said.
“I’ve made a lot of my best mates here and, from the coaches to the office staff, it feels like family and I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else.
“I’m just really excited to know that I’ll continue to work on my game with the coaches we have here, and be a part of the team.”
Brown had made no secret of his interest in the Taree product and was keen on drawing him to the Knights. But the 23-year-old opted to stay loyal to the club he debuted with in 2011.
He is just four games from cracking the 100-game milestone and is seen as a future captain.
“Boyd joined the Roosters as part of our pathway program and, since making his NRL debut, we have watched him develop into a representative player,” said recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.
“From the outset, Boyd indicated that his heart was with the Roosters and that this was where he wanted to continue to develop his career.
“So we’re pleased to have retained his services despite interest from other clubs.”
Cordner has played five games for the Blues and six Tests for Australia.
The Roosters will turn their attention to retaining Jackson Hastings, Issac Liu, Mitch Aubusson and Sam Moa, all of whom come off contract at the end of the season.