The Roosters have confirmed the signing of teenage star Jada Taylor while also announcing the signature of veteran Jillaroo Sam Bremner for the 2022 NRL Telstra Women's Premiership season.
The pair will join Shannon Rose, Jasmin Strange and Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa at the Roosters for their title defence starting in August.
Taylor, 19, scored a scintillating 109-metre try last week for the NSW under 19s while Bremner, who returns to the NRLW after having two babies in recent years, was 18th player for the NSW Sky Blues last week.
Her signing is perfect timing after Roosters captain Corban Baxter announced her pregnancy on Monday.
"Sam is an incredible athlete and has been a leading voice in the women’s game both on and off the field for a number of years now, so we’re really pleased to welcome a player of her calibre and experience to our squad," Roosters coach John Strange said.
The signing news follows confirmation the defending champions have signed Titans pair Destiny Brill and Shaniah Power, along with former Knight Jayme Fressard.
Contracts By Club
Meanwhile, the Dragons have confirmed five new signings ahead of the 2022 NRL Telstra Women's Premiership with representative centre Andie Robinson, Monalisa Soliola, Zali Hopkins and Fatafehi Hanisi joining dual international Shontelle Stowers at the club.
Robinson recently scored a hat-trick in NSW's victory over Queensland in the U/19's Origin clash while Hanisi and Stowers bring with them NRLW experience — the latter of which also featured for the Sky Blues Origin team in 2019.
The news comes after the Dragons announced last week that another quartet of representative stars had re-signed ahead of the 2022 season with Teagan Berry, Talei Holmes, Page McGregor and Tegan Dymock all inking new deals.
The news is a further boost for the Dragons after Dally M medallist Emma Tonegato rejected interest from other clubs to also re-sign with the 2021 grand finalists.
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The Titans have also added three fresh faces to their squad for the upcoming season as they continue their recruitment and retention drive — adding Apii Nicholls, Rona Peters and Annette Brander for the 2022 season.
Nicholls joins with a wealth of experience, having played seven Tests for the Kiwi Ferns, while Peters and Brander join after previous experience with the Brisbane Broncos, where the pair have both tasted premiership success.
Former Jillaroos winger Shakiah Tungai returns to the NRLW after signing a deal with the Broncos. The 25-year-old last played in the NRLW in 2020 after deciding to have 12 months off to travel around Australia before the COVID-19 cancelled those plans.
About the NRL Telstra Women's Premiership
The fifth edition of the NRL Telstra Women's Premiership will start in August with a five-round regular season and two-week finals series to take place until October.
The Roosters are the reigning premiers after winning their first title in the rescheduled 2021 competition in April with clubs currently working behind the scenes to lock in their talent ahead of the official 2022 competition.
In a major change for the 2022 season, clubs will be subject to a $350,000 salary cap imposed for squads of 24 players while additional development players can also be signed on one-season contracts.
NRLW clubs had until the end of May to lock in at least 22 of 24 squad members for the 2022 season with clubs to announce signings in their own time.
The remaining two players can be signed by August 1 with teams to begin a short pre-season of preparation throughout July.
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NRL Telstra Women's Premiership squads
Gains: Jaime Chapman (Dragons), Brianna Clark (Titans), Nita Maynard (Eels) Annetta Nu'uausala (Knights), Paige Parker (Knights), Crystal Tamarua, Shakiah Tungai, Jasmine Fogavini, Sophie Holyman.
Re-signed: Tarryn Aiken, Ali Brigginshaw, Amber Hall, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Lavinia Gould, Tallisha Harden, Julia Robinson, Emily Bass, Shenae Ciesiolka, Kaitlyn Phillips, Amy Turner, Jada Ferguson, Sara Sautia.
Losses: Millie Boyle (Knights), Lauren Brown (Titans), Hagiga Mosby (Titans), Tamika Upton (Knights), Nakita Sao (injured).
Unsigned: Toni Hunt, Hayley Maddick, Lesa Kaleti Mataafa, Roxy Murdoch, China Polata, Jessikah Reeves.
Talking point: Brisbane will go into the 2022 season in unfamiliar territory after not reaching or winning the grand final for the first time in club history. Broncos coach Kelvin Wright has kept a core group of players on the books but the squad will look different without the services of Millie Boyle, Tamika Upton and Lauren Brown, who have all signed elsewhere.
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Gains: Lauren Brown (Broncos), Madison Bartlett (Dragons), Emily Curtain (Eels), Hagiga Mosby (Broncos), Apii Nicholls (NZ), Rona Peters (Tweed Seagulls), Annette Brander (West Brisbane Panthers).
Re-signed: Brittany Breayley-Nati, Kimiora Breayley-Nati, Jessika Elliston, Jetaya Faifua, Hailee-Jay Maunsell, Steph Hancock, Evania Pelite, Jasmine Peters, Karina Brown, Shannon Mato, Zara Canfield, April Ngatupuna, Georgia Hale, Tiana Raftstrand-Smith, Tazmin Gray, Laikha Clarke.
Losses: Brianna Clark (Broncos), Destiny Brill (Roosters), Shaniah Power (Roosters).
Unsigned: Lauren Dam, Grace Griffin, Karli Hansen, Cobie-Jane Morgan, Lauren Moss.
Talking point: There's been massive changes at the Titans ahead of their second season with former Jillaroos legend Karyn Murphy quitting her post at the NRL's integrity unit to take over the women's program at the club. Murphy replaces Jamie Feeney in the lead role and will be assisted by former NRL player Matt Geyer. Her next task will be to retain a core group of the squad who managed to reach the semi-finals in their inaugural season while exploring the market for a couple of big signings.
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Gains: Millie Boyle (Broncos), Yasmin Clydsdale (Roosters), Olivia Higgins (Roosters) Simone Karpani (Roosters), Tayla Predebon (Roosters), Hannah Southwell (Roosters), Tamika Upton (Broncos), Caitlin Moran, Shanice Parker, Kiana Takairangi, Tiana Davison, Nicole Nathan, Tamsin Barber, Emma Paki.
Re-signed: Caitlan Johnston, Romy Teitzel, Bobbi Law, Kirra Dibb, Emma Manzelmann, Kyra Simon, Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly.
Losses: Annetta Nu'uausala (Broncos), Paige Parker (Broncos), Jayme Fressard (Roosters)
Unsigned: Ngatokotoru Arakua, Phoebe Desmond, Rangimarie Edwards-Bruce, Shannon Evans, Maitua Feterika, Chantelle Graham, Katie Green, Georgia Page, Charntay Poko, Krystal Rota, Charlotte Scanlan, Tahlulah Tillett, Katelyn Vaha'akolo, Kararaina Wira-Kohu.
Talking point: An overall disappointing inaugural campaign means there's likely to be a squad overhaul for the second season in the Hunter with new coach Ron Griffiths looking to keep some local talent while also luring players from the region home. The Knights landed an unexpected double blow on the recruitment front, luring Broncos stars Millie Boyle and Tamika Upton to Newcastle.
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Gains: Rueben Cherrington, Gayle Broughton, Brooke Walker (Carlton AFLW), Brooke Anderson, Vanessa Foliaki, Ash Quinlan, Tayla Preston, Rima Butler, Ruby-Jean Kennard.
Re-signed: Kennedy Cherrington, Tiana Penitani, Abbi Church, Filomina Hanisi, Rikeya Horne, Ellie Johnston, Seli Mailangi, Christian Pio, Tess Staines.
Losses: Emily Curtain (Titans), Nita Maynard (Broncos), Botille Vette-Welsh (injured).
Unsigned: Therese Aiton, Jocephy Daniels, Jade Etherden, Fatafehi Hanisi, Tommaya Kelly-Sines, Sereana Naitokatoka, Taina Naividi, Christine Pauli, Katrina May Phippen, Maddie Studdon, Mareva Swann, Simaima Taufa, Jamie-Anne Wright.
Talking point: Dean Widders will be tasked with getting a core group of Eels players back in 2022 after the side just missed the finals on points differential in their first season, a task made tougher with star fullback Botille Vette-Welsh unavailable to a season-ending knee injury.
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Gains: Andie Robinson, Monalisa Soliola, Zali Hopkins, Fatafehi Hanisi, Shontelle Stowers.
Re-signed: Kezie Apps, Keeley Davis, Elsie Albert, Shaylee Bent, Quincy Dodd, Holli Wheeler, Taliah Fuimaono, Rachael Pearson, Emma Tonegato, Teagan Berry, Talei Holmes, Page McGregor, Tegan Dymock.
Losses: Madison Bartlett (Titans), Jaime Chapman (Broncos), Kody House (retirement).
Unsigned: Keele Browne, Shellie Long, Aliti Namoce-Sagano, Matilda Power, Alexandra Sulusi, Renee Targett, Chantel Tugaga, Janelle Williams.
Talking point: The Dragons will return for their fifth campaign still burning from their grand final defeat. How many players they can retain remains to be seen but their successful first season under Jamie Soward makes the Red V an appealing club to want to play for as they search for their first ever title after falling short twice.
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Gains: Destiny Brill (Titans), Jayme Fressard (Knights), Shaniah Power (Titans), Shannon Rose, Sam Bremner, Jada Taylor, Jasmin Strange, Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa.
Re-signed: Isabelle Kelly, Jess Sergis, Sarah Togatuki, Zahara Temara, Raecene McGregor, Shawden Burton, Samantha Economos, Keilee Joseph, Olivia Kernick, Mya Hill-Moana, Jocelyn Kelleher, Otesa Pule, Kalosipani Hopoate, Leianne Tufuga, Chante Temara, Joeli Morris.
Losses: Yasmin Clydsdale (Knights), Olivia Higgins (Knights) Simone Karpani (Knights), Tayla Predebon (Knights), Brydie Parker (injured), Hannah Southwell (Knights), Corban Baxter (pregnancy).
Unsigned: Lauretta Leao-Seve, Taylor Mapusua.
Talking point: The newly-crowned champions will return in August looking to defend their crown but like their 2021 campaign, they faced an uphill battle to keep some of their emerging talent.