The Sydney Roosters have made a historic move by signing Michael Woolridge, who becomes the first male athlete identified in the NRL combine held in Las Vegas.

Woolridge, a former defensive back at Saginaw Valley State University, is set to embark on a career in the NRL after catching the eye at the inaugural combine preceding this year’s NRL round one matches. He will soon make the journey to Australia to join the Roosters.

Securing a full-time contract with a salary cap exemption until the conclusion of the Roosters’ pre-season training at Christmas, Woolridge has the opportunity to extend his stay and potentially make his NRL debut if he impresses the team.

During the 2021 season, Woolridge showcased his skills with 66 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions for the Cardinals, earning Honorable Mention All-GLIAC.

Expressing his gratitude for the opportunity, Woolridge stated, “I am truly grateful to be given this opportunity to come test myself within the NRL and especially with the Sydney Roosters. I am certainly not coming halfway across the world not to compete at the highest level and will do everything possible to prove myself to my fellow teammates, coaches, and fans.”

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