NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Roosters looks on during the round seven NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

The Sydney Roosters have announced that Shaun Kenny-Dowall has been released from the remainder of his playing contract, effective immediately.

Kenny-Dowall was stood down by the Roosters indefinitely in May after he was allegedly caught with half a gram of cocaine at a Sydney nightclub.

It has been rumoured that the Newcastle Knights are still considering signing Kenny-Dowall and could do so before the June 30 deadline.

Read the Roosters statement below:

The Sydney Roosters have today announced that Shaun Kenny-Dowall has been released from the remainder of his playing contract with immediate effect.

“Shaun has made a significant contribution to the Roosters’ on-field success across his 13 years at the Club, and for that, we thank him,” said Sydney Roosters CEO Joe Kelly.

“The Club wishes Shaun all the very best in the future,” he added.

The Club will be making no further comment on the matter.

Sydney Roosters 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Kurt Baptiste (Canberra Raiders, 2019), Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Joshua Curran (2020), Matt Ikuvalu (2019), Lachlan Lam (2020), Dean Matterson (2018), Frank-Paul Nu'uausala (Wigan Warriors, 2018), Reece Robinson (2018), Billy Smith (2021), James Tedesco (Wests Tigers, 2021)
2018 Losses
Paul Carter (released), Kane Evans (Parramatta Eels), Michael Gordon (Gold Coast Titans), Aidan Guerra (Newcastle Knights), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Newcastle Knights), Liam Knight (Canberra Raiders), Mitchell Pearce (Newcastle Knights), Connor Watson (Newcastle Knights)
Mitch Cornish (2018), Blake Ferguson (2021), Ryan Matterson (2021), Dylan Napa (2021), Victor Radley (2023), Chris Smith (2020), Daniel Tupou (2021), Sitili Tupouniua (2021)
Off Contract 2019
Mitchell Aubusson, Craig Garvey, Matt Ikuvalu, Brock Lamb, Bernard Lewis, Zane Tetevano
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  1. just to set the record straight SKD is linked with a move to knights and as for sharks they will soon be announcing the signings of aaron gray and alex johnstone from rabbits

  2. Now Joey Manu can have a hand in keeping his spot and continue his learning. SKD leaving isn’t a big deal since they have Teddy coming next year as fullback.

  3. Whilst the last few seasons haven’t been great when compared to seasons previously, he has been a great servant to the team for many years and regardless of the outcome of the court case, he deserves some kind of farewell for his contribution on field. Few players ever get to 13 years with a single club and it will be very disappointing if Easts wipe their hands of him with nothing more than a meaningless thank you in a media release.

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