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Keary to go one more with Roosters before any retirement talks

February 12, 2024

Keary to go one more with Roosters before any retirement talks

Luke Keary will play at least another season in the NRL after agreeing to re-sign with the Sydney Roosters for 2025, despite whispers around the game that he would hang up the boots at the end of this next campaign.

The extension means Keary, now 32, will stretch his career to 13 seasons in the top flight after debuting with the Rabbitohs in 2013.

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Whispers around the game suggested retirement was on the cards for the three-time NRL champion as he continues to deal with the lingering fallout of several nasty concussions suffered in 2018. Through the 2018 season and into 2019 the Roosters five-eighth was concussed four times, with the last enough to see him take a month away from the sport.

Problems bubbled to the surface again in 2022 when he was concussed again and spent another month deliberately rested. From then, conversations began around his contract length and how much time he had left to play.

The Roosters and Keary obviously think there’s plenty left, however, with this re-signing.

The 32-year-old has been earning around $850,000 a season on this last deal with the Roosters—which will expire in November 2024—and The Sporting Base has heard any re-signing deal will see that pay shaved down a little.

It’s a win for Sydney after the club was told Joseph Manu would be leaving the club to play rugby in France at the end of the season. Joseph-Aukuso Sua’ali’i is also leaving at the end of this year.

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