Sydney Roosters star James Tedesco looks set to finish his career in the red, white and blue after committing to a three-year contract extension on Monday morning.
Tedesco has re-signed with the Tricolours until at least the end of 2024 with the fresh deal to take the 27-year-old into the latter stages of an already stellar career.
Arguably one of the best players in the Telstra Premiership, Tedesco arrived at Bondi from the Wests Tigers in 2018 and has been the club's most consistent player, winning the last three Jack Gibson Medals as player-of-the-year.
He was influential in the Roosters' back-to-back premiership triumphs during 2018-19, while he went on to represent Australia for the first time in his maiden season at the club.
"The Sydney Roosters is the best club in the world. We have the best teammates, best staff and best people," he said in a statement issued by the Roosters on Monday.
"We’ve had a lot of success over the last few years and I’ve played some of my best footy. I can’t wait to make more memories."
James Tedesco's 2020 season highlights
The retention of Tedesco is a major coup for Roosters coach Trent Robinson's plans for the future with 13 players off-contract at the end of the 2021 season including Angus Crichton, Daniel Tupou, Jake Friend and Sitili Tupouniua.
Robinson landed teenage prodigy Joseph Suaalii last week with the 17-year-old viewed as a long-term fullback option once Tedesco hangs up the boots.
Robinson said Tedesco was an invaluable part of the club.
We have the best teammates, best staff and best peopleRoosters fullback James Tedesco
"James is an integral member of our team, not just for the important role he plays on the field, but also for the important voice he is off the field as a senior member of our squad," Robinson said.
"We all love Teddy. He’s a good person and it's great news that he will continue to play his role here at the Roosters in the coming years."
After captaining NSW for the first time in 2020 due to the withdrawal of Boyd Cordner (concussion) in November, Tedesco is expected to return to pre-season training at the Roosters after Christmas.