The NRMA Insurance Broncos are excited about the signature of Martin Kennedy because of the stage the massive Roosters prop is at in his career.
Coach Anthony Griffin this morning confirmed the inking of a deal that will bring the 122kg front rower to Red Hill for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Kennedy has already played in a grand final with the Roosters and came off the bench in the Roosters’ stunning victory over the Rabbitohs that snatched the minor premiership last Friday.
He has played 65 NRL games, including 15 this season, a year when injury has hampered his game time.
Griffin said Kennedy would be a great acquisition for the club.
“He's a big boy, he's a 120-odd kilo, and his best football is in front of him because he is only 24 years old,” said Griffin.
“We are really looking forward to him coming and adding to the pack we have got.
“He has got a bit of Queenslander in him as he did his schooling at Ipswich Grammar.
“He has got some family up this way as well which is an added bonus for him.
“But from a straight football point of view it was great to get someone of his caliber into our pack. It will add to our depth there.”
Griffin said Kennedy was primed to take his career to the next level.
He was a candidate for State of Origin for the Maroons this year, just missing out on selection. In game two Kennedy was set to be 18th man for Queensland until injured playing club football.
“Martin has been around - he played in the 2010 grand final and he has been very close to Origin selection over the last year or so,” said Griffin.
“I think he is coming here at the right time of his career because I am sure his best football in front of him.”
Griffin said the Broncos were already heavily planning for 2014.
“We are into a review process this year with staff and players and we are doing medicals,” he said.
“There are a few surgeries that will come out of those and then we will plan the start of our 2014 pre-season.”