The Roosters are reportedly keeping a close eye on Israel Folau’s progress in the Super League with an eye to signing him for the 2021 season.
The Sunday Telegraph reported that the Roosters see Folau as a potential replacement for veterans Brett Morris and Mitchell Aubusson, who are both expected to leave the club at the end of the 2020 season.
Roosters chairman Nick Politis has a close relationship with player agent Wayne Beavis, who was involved in Folau’s move to Super League club Catalans Dragons.
However when asked about a potential move for Folau, Politis and Roosters coach Trent Robinson refused to comment.
Catalans coach Steve McNamara is a close friend of Robinson, which will allow him to keep tabs on Folau throughout the Super League season.
Folau, 30, has been unofficially banned from the NRL, but there is growing sentiment that Folau shouldn’t be black-listed from the NRL forever.
Folau has assured Catalans that he would refrain from making homophobic comments on social media; which was the reason he was sacked by Rugby Australia.
The Roosters are set to table a two-year deal for Folau once his deal with Catalans expires.
Folau has been accustomed to $1 million per season deals in his career, but is prepared to take a substantial pay cut to return to the NRL.