The Sydney Roosters have signed a new contract with Canterbury for the 2020 season.
Key points:The Roosterers will sign a deal with Canterbury’s new owner to run the club until at least 2020The Rooster’s new deal includes an extra seasonThe Roopers will play two games in Sydney in 2020The move will see the club open up its Sydney Stadium to the publicThe Roos have signed the club’s new CEO and president to a five-year deal.
A contract with a new owner means Canterbury will be able to run its stadium until the end of 2020.
The club’s CEO, Richard Cockerill, will take over from Graham Smith and will continue to run Canterbury’s NRL program.
The deal will be announced on Wednesday.
Cockerill said he was “delighted” to be part of the Roostergates transition from the Canterbury Football Club.
“This club has always been about providing an environment for young people to develop and thrive in the community and that’s something that I feel deeply about,” he said.
“As we move into the next stage of the transition, I think Canterbury will benefit greatly from this partnership.”
The Roasters’ community and the Canterbury community are inextricably linked.
“He said the club was proud of the way Canterbury’s “brave” transgender woman, who will wear a dress in the match, had “made a name for herself”.
Cockeril said Canterbury was a “model club” that was proud to have played a role in the club moving towards being a fully inclusive club.”
Cherry, as she is affectionately known, is a member of the Canterbury Rugby Football Club family, she is a great member of our family and she has made a name and a mark for herself in this sport,” he told reporters.”
She has had a tremendous impact on the club and the rugby league community.
“We’re very proud to be supporting her as she continues to pursue her career as a professional athlete.”
The club will play a home-and-away series against the Roos at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney next year.
New Rooster executive director of business and community Mark Smith said Canterbury’s decision was a huge win for the club.
“We are thrilled to be able, with Canterbury and its incredible football club, to take the Rooster to Sydney next season,” he added.
“From the Roopernews’ first season at ANZ to their new contract we are so pleased to have been able to add Canterbury Rugby Club to our portfolio of rugby league clubs in Australia.”
To play a NRL match in a new venue is something that our fans have waited for, so we’re really excited for what is to come.
“The Rooters will also play two home games in 2020, against Canterbury at ANW Stadium in Newcastle and Manly at ANT Stadium in Canberra.