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20 stars for 2021 | Adam Keighran

A great opportunity to return to the top grade has now opened up for Adam Keighran after joining 2019 NRL Premiers the Sydney Roosters.

The former Warrior spent time in and out of Todd Payten’s starting side in 2020, but Keighran will now arrive at the Roosters in his latest career move as he aims to replace Bulldogs-bound halfback Kyle Flanagan for the 2021 season.

While Keighran will be competing with Lachlan Lam and the highly-touted Sam Walker to partner Luke Keary in the tricolours’ best 17, the 23-year-old showed his versatility on several occasions in 2020 and this has certainly impressed Trent Robinson and the coaching staff.

In the final round of 2020 against the Sea Eagles, Keighran started in the centre position, scoring a hat-trick of tries and setting up one more in a superb performance for the preferred halfback.

Another competitive advantage for Keighran is his goal kicking ability, which will no doubt prove a point of difference at the Roosters who are in need of a sharpshooter to add to their point-scoring arsenal. From a total of nine NRL appearances, Keighran has taken on the kicking duties on six occasions for a conversion rate of 90%.

At NSW Cup level, Keighran has now played 42 games since 2017 including three appearances for the Bulldogs, 23 for Penrith in 2018, and 16 with the Warriors in 2019 and 2020.

Throughout that time he has scored 16 tries, produced 22 try-assists, kicked 116 goals at a conversion rate of 79% and forced 19 dropouts while averaging 113 kick metres and 15 tackles per game.

After finishing his time at the Warriors and returning to his home city in 2021, Keighran will be looking to build on new combinations at the Roosters. Considering the makeup of the Roosters’ current squad, the former Australian schoolboy will make a strong case for a starting spot in the opening round of the new season.