NRL News: Decision imminent for Jorgensen’s code switch to Roosters, captaincy call pays dividends at Dogs


The Roosters could have a second rugby union rising star heading their way by the end of the week with a decision imminent from teen prodigy Max Jorgensen.

According to reports on 100% Footy, the Waratahs utility back will meet with his manager later this week to decide whether to accept a lucrative offer from the Roosters for 2025 onwards or remain with the Wallabies when they host the the British & Irish Lions tour in the lead-up to the World Cup two years later.

Having already enticed dynamic winger Mark Nawaqanitawase to switch codes next season, the Tricolours have reportedly offer his fellow 2023 Wallabies World Cup squad member a $1.8 million two-year deal.

Roosters chairman Nick Politis and triple premiership-winning coach Trent Robinson have met with the 19-year-old to express their interest.

Max Jorgensen. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

The son of former Roosters and Penrith player Peter Jorgensen, the fullback-winger has been a revelation for the Waratahs in the Super Rugby Pacific since debuting last year.

He is off contract at the end of 2024 but has spoken of his desire to face the touring Lions next year.

A code swap could also happen in 2026 or after Australia hosts the 2027 World Cup.

No grudge from Mahoney over losing captaincy

Cameron Ciraldo was right to name new recruit Stephen Crichton skipper at Canterbury, the club’s deposed co-captain Reed Mahoney says.

Triple premiership winner Crichton did not hold a formal leadership position in his 100 games for Penrith, but was immediately handed the top job on joining the Bulldogs this year.

That left Burton and Mahoney displaced as on-field co-captains after only one year in the job, during which the 15th-placed Bulldogs managed just seven wins from 24 games.

Last season’s club captain Raymond Faitala-Mariner, in charge of off-field culture, has joined St George Illawarra.

Ciraldo praised his newly minted skipper after Saturday’s 32-0 thrashing of Gold Coast, which opened the Bulldogs’ account this season.

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“His leadership out there is really crucial to us. A lot of the time I’m sending messages out and he’s already got it covered,” Ciraldo said.

On Monday, Mahoney echoed Ciraldo – saying the coach was right to go in a new direction with the team’s leadership.

“It’s probably the right thing that Cam did. I was happy with the decision,” he said.

“It wasn’t about me, it was about what’s best for the club and what’s best for the team. At the moment, Stephen’s doing a great job.

“The way Stephen is, the person he is and how professional he is, I’d choose him myself.”

Mahoney said he remained a leader, albeit in an unofficial capacity.

“It hasn’t really changed the way I go about my business,” he said.

“I don’t step back in meetings or in a group or anything.”

Winger Josh Addo-Carr is a chance to return from his shoulder injury for Canterbury’s traditional Good Friday clash against under-fire South Sydney.

The NSW State of Origin representative has missed the last two games but trained on Monday and could replace utility Connor Tracey on the left wing.

Tracey was unsure whether he would remain in the 17.

“(Addo-Carr) will definitely get that left-wing spot back (if he’s fit), so we’ll see where I fit in after that,” the new recruit said.

with AAP

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