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The fascinating story behind the Roosters’ pursuit of emerging Bronco


The Sydney Roosters have joined an “extending” list of clubs trying to sign Brisbane Broncos winger Selwyn Cobbo according to SEN’s Michelle Bishop.

After playing seven games in 2021 and scoring two tries, Cobbo, 19, has exploded in his second first-grade season, scoring nine tries in his last five games.

Having drawn comparisons to Greg Inglis, Bishop says Cobbo initially drew the attention of the Roosters after club Chairman Nick Politis saw him score two tries against the Rabbitohs in Round 9 – all the way from Greece.

“The queue for youngster Selwyn Cobbo is extending,” Bishop said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“Just 19 years of age, nine tries from the opening 11 rounds including two last night (against Newcastle).

“He’s from Cherbourg, he’s begun talks with the Broncos until the end of 2025.

“But a really interesting story is Roosters boss Nick Politis was overseas on a business trip, he watched the match when he was in Greece – this was against Souths.

“After watching that he was on the phone immediately to make enquiries about Selwyn and how to lure him to Bondi.

“They seem a little bit set, they’ve got Joseph Suaalii and Joseph Manu waiting in the wings, so that’s an interesting one, but nearly every club will be in line for him.”

SEN hosts Andrew Voss and Greg Alexander were in agreement that the Roosters should chase Cobbo despite being stacked at the centre and wing positions, buying into the theory that you can never have too many good players.

“If you can get a good player, you get a good player,” Alexander said.

“Bob Fulton said that to me, ‘You can’t have enough good players’,” Voss added.

“That’s how he used to pick his Australian backline, if he had four centres, he’d put two on the wing.”

Cobbo will hope to keep up his stunning form when the Broncos face the Titans next Friday at Suncorp Stadium.


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