Vodafone Warriors sign Roosters back rower

Promising Sydney Roosters back rower Josh Curran has today been signed by the Vodafone Warriors until the end of the 2021 season.

The Sydney-born and raised Curran, who turned 20 just two weeks ago, made his NRL debut off the bench in the Roosters’ sixth-round 21-20 win over Melbourne at AAMI Park on April 19.

Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith said the former Parramatta junior comes into the NRL squad replacing centre Solomone Kata, who was granted an early release from his contract yesterday.

“We’ve been watching Josh closely and he’ll give us more depth among our back row options,” he said.

“He’s an accomplished player who has excelled in every age group representing New South Wales at under-16, under-18 and under-20 level as well as playing for the New South Wales Residents against Queensland this year.”

A 185cm, 99kg second rower or loose forward, Curran was with Parramatta as an under-16 and under-18 player in 2015 and 2016 before joining the Roosters in 2017.

He made 28 under-20 appearances for the Roosters in 2017 and 2018 and also turned out nine times for feeder club Wyong in the former Intrust Super Premiership last year.

He has played 11 times for the North Sydney Bears – the Roosters’ new feeder club – in the Canterbury Cup this season.

JOSH CURRAN

Date of Birth: June 10, 1999

Birthplace: Sydney, NSW

Junior Clubs: Merrylands Rams, Hills District Bulls (NSW)

Position: Second row/loose forward

Height: 185cm

Weight: 99kg

Previous NRL Clubs: Sydney Roosters (2019)

Rep Honours: NSW Residents (2019), NSW Under-20 (2018), NSW Under-18 (2017), NSW Under-16 (2015) 

NRL Debut: Sydney Roosters v Melbourne, AAMI Park, Melbourne, April 19, 2019, 2019 (Round 6)

NRL Career: 1 appearance, 2019

NRL Points: 0