Roosters release Mose Masoe to Panthers

Last updated 19:12 07/12/2012
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MOVING: Mose Masoe has been released to play for the Panthers.

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The Sydney Roosters have released prop Mose  Masoe from the final year of his NRL contract to join Penrith.

Despite re-signing earlier this year until the end of 2013, the  125kg New Zealander was cut loose by the Roosters but will have to  get the green light from the NRL before officially linking up with  the Ivan Cleary-coached Panthers.

Masoe joined the Roosters in 2010 and played 46 games for the  tri-colours.

The hulking 23-year-old forward fell out of favour with then  coach Brian Smith with six rounds remaining and dropped back to  help feeder club Newtown win the NSW Cup premiership.

''Mose has a lot to offer the NRL and the club's decision to  grant him a release was based on what we consider in the best  interest of his long-term playing future,'' Sydney Roosters chief  operating officer Brian Canavan said in a statement.

Penrith have been the most active club in terms of recruitment  for next season as they attempt to rebuild after a dismal 2012.

They finished second-last on the NRL ladder and lost classy  fullback Michael Gordon and then club legend and captain Luke Lewis  to Cronulla.

And earlier this week, halfback Harry Siejka signed a two-year  deal with the Warriors.

But to fill the void, the Panthers have added 14 players to  their squad including Lewis Brown from the Warriors, Sika Manu  (Storm), James Segeyaro (Cowboys), Wes Naiqama (Knights), Dean  Whare (Sea Eagles).Second-rower Manu played his junior football at the same Wellington club in New Zealand where Masoe started as a youngster -  the Randwick Kingfishers.

Masoe will find it tough to earn a starting berth in the Penrith pack that includes New Zealand international prop Sam McKendry and  NSW Origin front-rower Tim Grant.

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