The Roosters 2017 Indigenous jersey represents and acknowledges the local Eastern Suburbs region as well as incorporating the totems of the five Sydney Roosters Indigenous players. The Goanna, representing Blake Ferguson and Connor Watson from the Wiradjuri Nation; the Shark, representing Latrell Mitchel from the Biripi Nation; the Whale, representing Grant Garvey and the Sydney Roosters of the Eora Nation and Lightning and Thunder, representing Chris Smith and his Northern Territory family tribe.
The surrounding patterns and designs are symbolic of the salt-water Aboriginal communities placed upon the South-Eastern coastline. Each symbol echoes imagery from the ocean, forming a protective barrier around the totems of the players positioned in the centre. The symbols reflect ripples in the water and erosions in the sand. The design not only highlight the coastal Aboriginal communities but also represent the iconic image of Bondi, the home of the Sydney Roosters.
Designed by Jordon Ardle