Suaalii’s future finally sorted with Rabbitohs set to release star teen to rival

The immediate future of teen prodigy Joseph Suaalii looks to finally be settled with the Rabbitohs reportedly set to grant the 17-year-old a release to join the Roosters for the 2021 season.

The Sydney Morning Heraldreports South Sydney are eager to finally put the situation to bed and a transfer fee will be paid by the Roosters to secure Suaalii.

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The tug of war over Suaalii started when the young gun agreed to a deal with the Roosters from 2022 and then began to push for a release from the final year of his contract with Souths — a $60,000 development deal — to switch to Bondi early.

The Rabbitohs were planning on standing firm and were willing to pay Suaalii’s development contract even if he didn’t take the field next year, just to stop him from joining the Roosters early. This meant the Kings School student, who sat out of the entire GPS rugby season this year, was facing the prospect of another year on the sidelines.

The Rabbitohs softened, slightly, and demanded a player swap deal with NSW representative winger Daniel Tupou but the Roosters rejected it and will instead pay a transfer fee.

South Sydney knocked back the Roosters’ initial $50,000 compensation payment, however the Herald reports the Roosters will now increase that.

The Rabbitohs have had a battle on their hands all year to keep Suaalii. The towering teen was courted by Australian Rugby but he knocked back their offer after Souths tabled a revised five-year deal worth $2.5 million.

However, Suaalii’s get-out clauses were not honoured in the deal, which saw the Glenmore Park product turn to the Roosters after being wooed by superstar Sonny Bill Williams.

It’s understood the Roosters’ deal is for three years and does include the get-out clauses the Rabbitohs refused to honour.

Originally published asTeen freak’s contract war ends

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