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It has been made clear that both The Dolphins and the Gold Coast Titans are heavily pursuing Melbourne Storm hooker Brandon Smith.
However, there is one other contender for Smith’s signature that to this point has seemingly made no real move to sign the New Zealand International, but that is set to change.
The Sydney Roosters have lacked a consistent starting hooker mainly through injury for the past three seasons and will look to Smith as their man to wear the number nine from 2023 onwards.
Fox Sports’ James Hooper is reporting that Smith is set for a tour of the Roosters’ facilities this coming Monday.
“Kiwi Test hooker Brandon Smith will visit the Sydney Roosters’ headquarters on Monday as the NRL’s off-contract November 1 window begins to start taking some serious shape,” said Hooper.
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“The Dolphins and Gold Coast Titans are the other two NRL clubs who have given Smith a guided tour of their facilities with the Roosters to be the next stop early next week.
“As much as the Dolphins and Titans have seemed bullish about landing Smith’s signature, there’s a feeling when Sydney Roosters kingpin Nick Politis wants to land a player he generally hits his mark.
“After touring the Chooks’ Moore Park headquarters, Smith is then expected to return to Melbourne and work through the process of making a decision.”
The reigning Dally M Hooker of the Year would be the perfect signing for a club looking to cement premiership glory in the next couple of seasons, as the Roosters look to get back to their reign of dominance they had throughout the 2010s when they won four minor premierships and three premierships.
After Monday Brandon Smith would have met with three different clubs and have a big decision to make in terms of his future beyond 2023, but he’ll likely want to make said decision early so he can focus on the 2022 NRL season with the Melbourne Storm and eventually the Rugby League World Cup with New Zealand in a little under 12 months.
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