Roosters, Jets to join forces in

The Sydney Roosters are proud to announce a merger with one of rugby league?s most famous clubs ? the Newtown Jets ? which will see the Jets assume the role of the Sydney Roosters? Premier League side next year.

Sydney Roosters CEO Brian Canavan believes the linking of the two foundation teams will provide a massive benefit to both clubs.

?We?re very proud to welcome Newtown on board next year as our Premier League side,? Canavan said.

?The Roosters and the Jets have a great bond in being two of rugby league?s foundation clubs in Australia.

?Once again, the Roosters have pride in their tradition but are prepared to move forward in the best interests of the club.

?The Jets currently play out of Henson Park, which has significant ties to our lower grades at the moment and is linked with the history of our club.

?Within five years, joint ventures like this will be the norm for most NRL clubs.

?We?re also delighted that two of the game?s most passionate powerbrokers ? Nick Politis and John Singleton ? have come together with this move.

?It follows a tradition of similar moves from other clubs, such as Penrith and St Marys, St George and Illawarra, Cronulla and Newtown, Melbourne and North Sydney and Brisbane and Toowoomba over recent seasons.?

Head coach Ricky Stuart is also excited about the move, saying: ?All three grades will train as one club early in the week and our exciting Jersey Flegg team will be a curtain raiser before all home games.

?This means these young stars of the future will be showcased before much larger crowds.

?That's a tradition we're keen to keep going.?

- From 2006, the Sydney Roosters? Jersey Flegg (Under 20?s) side will play as the Roosters before all HOME games at Aussie Stadium.

- The Newtown Jets will travel with the first grade side and play before all AWAY games.

- Premier League will wear the Newtown Jets colours and retain the Jets' logo.