ROOSTERS RECRUIT: James Aubusson, who will joing his brother Mitch at the Sydney Roosters next season in the National Rugby Lea
ROOSTERS RECRUIT: James Aubusson, who will joing his brother Mitch at the Sydney Roosters next season in the National Rugby Lea

James Aubusson heading home to the Roosters



BALLINA boy James Aubusson is moving back to where it all began in the National Rugby League after yesterday signing with the Sydney Roosters for 2008.

Aubusson, who made his NRL debut for Melbourne Storm against the Wests Tigers in March this year, will return to Bondi Junction at the end of the season after signing a three-year deal with the club.

Aubusson, who spent three seasons with the Roosters before moving to Melbourne at the end of 2005, will link with brother Mitch, who also made his NRL debut this year. The lure of more game time was a major factor in luring Aubusson back to Sydney, after he spent two seasons learning his craft under Australian hooker Cameron Smith.

As Smith's understudy he has played only two full NRL games for the Storm this season but both times was named player of the match.

Even though hooker is his preferred position he has proven to be a versatile player and with Cooper Cronk injured this weekend, Aubusson will slot into halfback for the clash with St George Illawarra at Olympic Park.

A former Australian Schoolboys representative, Aubusson will rejoin his brother Mitchell, who is looking forward to his return.

"It's exciting news for James, myself and the family," Mitch said.

"We've always wanted to play at the top level together and to get that opportunity now is great." AAP



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