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James Tedesco, Maria Glenellis announce engagement: NRL Sydney Roosters captain's news

Sydney Roosters captain James Tedesco and his longtime girlfriend Maria Glenellis have announced their engagement. 

The picture was posted on the fullback's Instagram account without any caption but immediately sparked a whirlwind of fans congratulating the pair.

Ms Glenellis posted similar pictures on her own account with an emoji of a diamond ring and added: 'You make me the happiest girl, now and forever.'

The photographs appear to have been taken while the couple enjoy the NRL off-season in Menangle, south-west of Sydney, where Tedesco grew up.

They posted several snaps of the couple celebrating after Tedesco popped the question, with the star sporting a big beaming smile as his fiancee proudly shows off her rock.

Ms Glenellis flashed what appeared to be a diamond ring in a happy Instagram post

Among the well-wishers was Tedesco's club, with the Sydney Roosters' official account posting, 'Congrats guys', with two lovehearts. 

The couple have rarely spoken of their relationship in public, but Ms Glinellis has often posted pictures of them together on social media. 

The Glinellis family are hospitality entrepreneurs, co-owning Ironwood Coffee on Sydney's lower north shore.

Tedesco, who won the Dally M Player of the Year Award in 2019, told The Guardian Australia in 2020 what keeps him grounded.

'I still stick really close to a lot of my friends outside of footy, that sort of keeps me grounded,' he said. 

The couple (pictured) set the red carpet alight at the NRL's Dally M Awards in Brisbane earlier this year

'That's how I am, I don't really like to brag or big-note myself. I still feel like I'm a normal kid from Camden [in Sydney]. That's how I've always been and I don't think that will ever change,' James added.

The good news comes just two weeks after Tedesco was fined $10,000 by the NRL following a night out in October where he was accused of yelling 'Squid Games' towards a woman of Vietnamese descent.

The skipper of the Tricolours allegedly shouted the reference to the hit South Korean Netflix series at Tiffany Trinh, 20, outside Bondi's Beach Road Hotel.

That sparked an investigation from the NRL Integrity Unit, which didn't prove any allegations of racist behaviour. 

The Roosters defended its star player after a recent racism allegation, claiming Tedesco had been discussing the hit Korean television show Squid Games within earshot of Tiffany Trinh outside a Bondi pub 

Tedesco was instead heavily fined for drunken public behaviour and 'bringing the game into disrepute.'

The club was quick to defend its star player and claimed that Tedesco had been discussing the hit Korean television show with friends within earshot of Ms Trinh, rather than crying out at her specifically.

'After we found out about the Instagram post, we thoroughly investigated the matter,' Roosters chief executive Joe Kelly said.

'There was absolutely no interaction between James Tedesco with this group of people. We categorically deny that anything untoward occurred.'