Speedster Robinson returns to the NRL

The cashed-up Sydney Roosters have landed their first recruit since the departure of Knights-bound halfback Mitchell Pearce, signing rugby convert Reece Robinson to a one-year deal.

The former Eels, Broncos and Raiders speedster has spent the past two seasons playing Super Rugby with the NSW Waratahs, who are based next door to Roosters HQ at Moore Park.

Robinson, 30, played 116 NRL games prior to switching codes in 2016.

He was a renowned try scorer, crossing 57 times in seven seasons of NRL.

Robinson’s acquisition comes after the Roosters cleared around $1 million in their salary cap following the early exits of Connor Watson and Pearce, who will form a new-look halves combination at Newcastle next year.

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Reece Robinson. Pic: Getty

A release for Jayden Nikorima could be finalised next week, when the NRL determines whether his second anti-doping infraction will be upheld.

Nikorima’s departure would free up another $300,000.

The Roosters are sitting back and waiting to attack what is becoming an increasingly volatile player market.

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Off-contract Rabbitohs sensation Angus Crichton is their No.1 target.

7th Tackle also understands prop Dylan Napa will be staying put, despite speculation he was being positioned to join Pearce at Newcastle.

Robinson’s signing gives the Roosters greater depth out wide -- however, competition for places beyond 2018 will be fierce.

Fellow wingers Blake Ferguson and Michael Gordon are off-contract at the end of next season.