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Tigers lose star fullback to Sydney Roosters

MOVING ON: Wests Tigers star James Tedesco will be a Rooster next year after the Tigers confirmed he has signed a 4-year deal with the club starting in 2018.
MOVING ON: Wests Tigers star James Tedesco will be a Rooster next year after the Tigers confirmed he has signed a 4-year deal with the club starting in 2018. PAUL MILLER

WESTS Tigers have confirmed another of their fabled 'Big Four' is leaving.

Fullback James Tedesco has signed with Sydney Roosters and will depart the club at the end of the 2017 NRL season.

Tedesco has played 78 games for Wests Tigers since making his debut in Round 1 of the 2012 season.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe wished Tedesco well for the next stage of his playing career.

"I'm sure this decision hasn't been made lightly by James and while it will be disappointing to see him leave at season's end we will continue to provide him with all the support he needs," said Pascoe.

"James is a quality young man, both on and off the field, and I'm sure he'll be a great addition to his new club."

24-year-old Tedesco has signed a four-year deal with the Roosters starting in 2018.

"James is a tremendously exciting talent whose signature we are pleased to have secured and we look forward to welcoming him to the Roosters in 2018," Sydney Roosters CEO Joe Kelly said.

James made his State of Origin debut with New South Wales in 2016 and represented NSW City on two occasions (2013, 2015).

He has also represented the Prime Minister's XIII on one occasion (2016) and played three Tests for Italy (2013).

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