The Sydney Roosters‘ coach, Trent Robinson, has poured cold water on rumours of impending shake-ups within his team’s coaching staff. Robinson has guaranteed the continued presence of every staff member, including Cooper Cronk, for the next year despite the Roosters‘ struggling performance on the ladder at 14th place.
The Roosters‘ record this season has been somewhat underwhelming, with only eight victories out of 19 games. Adding to the pain are heavy defeats from title contenders Melbourne and the Broncos in the last three games.
This lacklustre performance has led to speculations around the stability of parts of the coaching staff, specifically Cronk, who serves as a part-time halves coach, and Matt King, a long-time assistant coach. Both men play an integral role in the Roosters‘ strike force that has struggled throughout the season. The team’s score tally of 324 points is the second lowest in the league, just outscoring bottom-placed Wests Tigers.
On Wednesday, Robinson firmly dismissed any rumours about his coaching staff, stating that all staff members will remain with the team next year. He also denied reports about potential plans to transition former captain Jake Friend into a full-time coaching role.
Friend is currently placeholding Jason Ryles‘ position that will be filled by someone from the Storm team in 2024. Robinson clarified that no discussions on these lines have happened internally. Responding to rumours with scepticism, Robinson said, “Any other reports are a long list of hearsay.”
Sharing an update about Sam Walker, their young halfback who hasn’t played since April, Robinson stated that he plans to have him back in training within the next few weeks to play again before the season closes.
Looking ahead to the challenging game against the Sea Eagles at the SCG, Robinson shared that although his players are aware of the criticality of the match, it won’t change their tactic. He maintained, “The mindset is as it always is, start fast, nail the game plan, then have your eyes wide and look for areas to exploit.”