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NRL: Manu salutes Roosters new boys

Sydney Roosters star Joseph Manu is enjoying being back in training and is excited for the 2022 NRL season following a number of new arrivals at the club.

The Roosters are priced at 5/1 to win the NRL grand final and Manu believes the Bondi outfit will be right in the mix following the club's off-season recruitment drive.

Top signings

Kevin Naiqama arrives at the club following a very successful spell in the English Super League with St Helens and is joined by Premiership-winner Paul Momirovski.

Manu has been training with both in pre-season after recovering from the fractured cheekbone that cut his season short last year and is looking forward to being part of a new-look backline.

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"They’re quality players," Manu said of the duo. "I’m enjoying it at the moment and learning from those boys. It’s been good getting back into training. It’s been tough.

"There are some new boys here and it’s good to see some of the old boys too. I’m really enjoying it and it’s a good time of the year to get our goals down. I’m looking forward to the season."

Strong competition

Competition for a place in Trent Robinson's side is going to be fierce but Manu says that is needed as the Roosters look to topple the likes of Penrith and Melbourne at the top.

"Kevvy had a good run there in the UK with a few championships. The knowledge that he has in the game, he’s been around for a while. Paulie I played within the younger grades, so it’s good to see him here at the Roosters," he added.

"There’s a lot of spots in the backline, we’ve got some good players so it’s good battling it out there and there’s good competition."

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