Transfer Whispers, Roosters sign Brandon Smith’s brother Jayden Smith; Isaiah Papali’i backflip on Tigers; signing news, transfers, updates

The Roosters have reportedly signed Jayden Smith, the brother of Storm star Brandon, who will make the switch to the Tricolors in 2023.

Jayden, 19, a bustling middle forward, has reportedly put pen to paper on a two-year deal to join the Roosters alongside his brother.

Meanwhile, Brandon signed a three-year deal earlier this year worth a reported $800,000-per-year, likely becoming the club’s first choice hooker.

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“He’s (Jayden) been in a strong school system in Queensland but is a bit raw like a lot of kids his age because he didn’t play much football during the first round of COVID,” Roosters recruitment manager Daniel Anderson said to WWOS.

“A lot of recruitment guys like bloodlines — it’s also comfortable for the family and the parents to have brothers at the same club.”

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Anderson also revealed that the younger of the Smith brothers is of a bigger build, likely getting his start with his new club in SG Ball.

“So it will be interesting to see how he goes. He is bigger than Brandon and will play middle forward.

“We will start Jayden in the SG Ball Cup and see how he develops.

“He definitely looks a prospect.”

WHY EELS STAR COULD STILL BACKFLIP ON TIGERS

Parramatta Eels star Isaiah Papali’i could still backflip on a move to the Wests Tigers, according to the Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio.

Papali’i signed a three-year, $1.9m deal with the Tigers from 2023 but reportedly had second thoughts following the departure of Michael Maguire as coach.

After missing out on Cameron Ciraldo, the Tigers announced that Tim Sheens will take over for two seasons before being succeeded by Benji Marshall in 2025.

Marshall was questioned about Papali’i’s move to the Tigers on Fox League last week and was unable to guarantee he would honor the deal.

Riccio said the response was an indication the move could still fall through.

“This is based on the fact that there’s still no clear definitive situation surrounding Isaiah Papali’i’s move to the Tigers,” Riccio said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“We know that Papali’i doesn’t want to go to the Tigers, both clubs are acutely aware of that.

“It was interesting listening to Benji Marshall’s interview with Jake Duke last Monday night and how Benji couldn’t give a straight answer on whether Papali’i would be at the Wests Tigers.

Isaiah Papali’i coulkd still backflip on a deal with the Tigers.Source: Getty Images

“Benji has spoken with Papali’i but he couldn’t confirm that he’d be there.”

Riccio said the Eels would be doing what they could to retain their prized asset.

“The Eels still have salary cap space for Papali’i and while he’s playing good football the Eels will be trying hard to keep him.”

Fox League’s Greg Alexander, said it could be a disaster for the Tigers who have let several stars, including Kelma Tuilagi, Luciano Leilua and Luke Garner go.

“That would be a disaster,” Alexander said on SEN.

“If Papali’i doesn’t go to the Tigers, if he backflips, it would be a disaster.

“No (Kelma) Tuilagi, no (Luciano) Leilua, no Luke Garner.”

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