Teddy racing back to Roosters
STAR Sydney Roosters recruit James Tedesco will show immediate dedication to his new club by returning to training three weeks earlier than scheduled.
It is a sure sign Tedesco wants to start 2018 with a bang.
And Tedesco's surprise move comes as Roosters vice-skipper Jared Waerea-Hargreaves prepares to undergo stem cell therapy for an injured knee.
The Roosters had told Tedesco he wasn't required back at training until sometime between Christmas and New Year - but the NSW State of Origin fullback will start training next Monday.
Tedesco only finished playing a month ago.
His final match for 2017 was for Italy against Fiji in a World Cup game at Canberra on November 10.
Rather than sit around waiting over Christmas, Tedesco wants to get back into footy.
Tedesco played 27 games this year - 21 for Wests Tigers, three for NSW and a further three for Italy.
One source close to Tedesco said: "James starts training next Monday with the Roosters. They wanted him back after Christmas be he is going back early."
Tedesco may not participate unofficial training just yet - RLPA rules state a player must have a minimum six-week off-season break - but he will be in and around the club training wearing his new colours.
The fact Tedesco has come back early shows he is ready and pumped about his well-publicised move to Bondi.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson did not return calls on Monday.
Tedesco has opted to remain in Sydney since the World Cup finished and be ready for his return to training.
The former Wests Tigers champion has revealed his ambition to form a successful partnership with new Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk.
"There are a lot of reasons why I want to pull on that Roosters jumper and represent the club," Tedesco said last week.
"The opportunity to play with Cooper Cronk and learn off him is an experience I will take under my wing. I can't wait for that.
"He has dominated the game for a number of years now and definitely that combination he has built with Billy (Slater, Storm fullback) is something … hopefully we can build our own together.
"His footy brain and experience will take my game to the next level. His combination with Billy is something I have admired over the years and enjoyed watching."
Waerea-Hargreaves and captain Boyd Cordner will each have stem cell therapy due to knee injuries, both expected back to full contact training by mid-January.
No Roosters player was injured during the World Cup.