The Roosters are eying Ipswich rookie Sam Walker as the club’s long-term replacement for Cooper Cronk, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The 16-year old is the son of former NRL great Ben Walker, and the pair were in Sydney two weeks ago to hold talks with the reigning premiers.
Trent Robinson and Luke Keary were both at the meeting to discuss the youngster’s future.
The Ipswich Grammar Student was signed to a development scholarship with the Broncos when he was 12, but that deal expires this year.
He is also being courted by the Australian Rugby Union.
Walker is currently involved in both codes, playing rugby union at school and rugby league on weekends for the Ipswich Jets under-18s in the Mal Meninga Cup.
The Roosters believe he will be ready to play first-grade in 2021, when he turns 18.
It is believed that as many as eight other NRL cubs are chasing Walker, who is thought to be leaning towards the Roosters.
The Canterbury Bulldogs are reportedly offering twice as much as Sydney, while the New Zealand Warriors are also keen on Walker’s services.
Likened to Kalyn Ponga, he would likely become the highest ever paid 18-year old in either code.