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Takairangi's exit for Titans opens way for O’Donnell to Roosters

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Ian Laybourn

No deal for Luke O'Donnell

No deal for Luke O'Donnell Photo: Getty Images

Sydney Roosters backrower Brad Takairangi has been released by the Sydney Roosters to join the Gold Coast, in a move that could bring Luke O’Donnell to the tricolours.

Former Kangaroos and NSW representative O’Donnell, currently with Super League outfit Huddersfield, has been linked with the Roosters for several weeks.

But the club needs to shed talent in order to fit O’Donnell in under the salary cap.Roosters recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan has confirmed the club’s interest in O’Donnell.

Huddersfield have so far rejected a proposed swap deal with the Roosters for O’Donnell.

Fringe second rower Tom Symonds, 23, is thought to be one of the players offered to Huddersfield in exchange - but the Giants aren’t interested.

Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis said: ‘‘Given media reports in Sydney, I feel duty bound to comment on a matter that I feel would have been best kept confidential but now seems to be growing into a media frenzy.

‘‘Our head coach Paul Anderson was contacted by the Roosters suggesting a swap deal involving Luke O’Donnell but none of the options presented to us were deemed satisfactory.

‘‘We of course informed Luke personally as these things seem to have ways of leaking out and he is very comfortable with our actions in respect of what occurred.

‘‘He remains a Giant and will face London Broncos on Sunday at the John Smith’s Stadium which is where all of our energies are focused and not in expanding upon potentially destabilising player movement rumours.’’

O’Donnell has made just 23 appearances in two years because of injury and underwent a shoulder reconstruction at the end of last season but he made an impressive return in Huddersfield’s 40-4 win at St Helens last Saturday.

The 23-year-old Takairangi, who played 29 NRL games in his three years at Bondi Junction joins the Titans on a three-year deal.

Roosters football boss Brian Canavan said: ‘‘Brad possesses some great talent however with the Titans offering him a longer-term contract, we didn’t want to stand in his way.

Takairangi joins the Titans immediately.

Agencies

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