Former Newcastle halfback Scott Dureau is set to join Sydney Roosters for the remainder of the season on a loan deal from French Super League club Catalans.
Dureau, who won a Super League version of the Dally M medal in 2012 after being voted by League Express reporters as the player of the year, is expected to fill the utility role Daniel Mortimer had performed for the Rosoters until his release to join Gold Coast last week.
The 27-year-old has a relationship with Roosters coach Trent Robinson as they worked together at Newcastle and Catalans, whom the premiership winning mentor had charge of in 2012.
He will be the second player Robinson has signed from Catalans after French prop Remi Casty, who joined the premiers this season and has been playing off the interchange bench.
Dureau is under contract to Catalans for another year but the Perpignan-based club's coach Laurent Frayssinous is willing to let him play the remainder of this season elsewhere on loan after signing Sam Willams from St George Illawarra as a replacement while he was recovering from a biceps injury suffered in February during his only 2014 appearance.
He played just eight matches for Catalans last year after undergoing an operation to remove a brain tumour.
Fairfax Media understands the Roosters are close to finalising details of Dureau's move before the June 30 transfer deadline for NRL clubs to registers players this season.
Meanwhile, Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce is expected to play against Manly in Friday night's grand final re-match at Brookvale Oval after missing training during the week due to an infected tooth.