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Kouparitsas finally joins Roosters

30/04/2009 01:22:27 PM Comments (0)

More than a month after the move stalled, Nick Kouparitsas has finally joined the Sydney Roosters until the end of 2010 after negotiating a release from the Bulldogs.

The 24-year-old backrower has been stuck behind captain Andrew Ryan and new recruits David Stagg and Greg Eastwood at the Bulldogs this year. He will link with former teammates Willie Mason, Nate Myles, Mark O'Meley and Braith Anasta at the Roosters.

He had been set to join the Bondi club last month but the move fell down when a financial payout from the Bulldogs couldn't be reached.

"This is a superb opportunity for me to show once again that I have the pedigree to produce at the highest level in the world's best league," said Kouparitsas.

"To play for such a prestigious club under the guidance of the legendary Brad Fittler was a huge attraction for me.

"It's a great honour to sign for the Roosters. I am confident of getting back to rediscovering my best form here."

Roosters' recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan, who finalised the deal after Kouparitsas and his manager resolved the financial issues with the Bulldogs, is delighted with the signing.

"He is a high-quality person with a great work ethic," said O'Sullivan.

"He will fit in well with our squad and already has a good combination with Mark O'Meley from his time at the Bulldogs."

The arrival of Kouparitsas comes at a perfect time for the Roosters as they're without the former Test prop O'Meley (knee) for Saturday's crucial NRL clash with fellow strugglers Cronulla.

He trained with the Roosters squad on Thursday and could be a late inclusion for Saturday's game.

The battle at Toyota Stadium has already been billed as a fight for the wooden spoon and coaches Ricky Stuart (Cronulla) and Fittler (Roosters) have firmed in betting as the first coaches to go in 2009 after Penrith's Matthew Elliott signed a contract extension on Wednesday.

Roosters captain Braith Anasta says it is vital the club ends their three-game losing streak.

"We have only ourselves to blame for the past three performances," Anasta said.

"Despite the Sharks' position in the comp we know it is closer than ever this year and we won't be expecting a walkover regardless of what people may think."

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