Although nothing has been officially announced, Ryles has been heavily linked with the vacant Dragons job for 2024. He still has a year left on his Roosters contract, but reports suggest he won’t be staying beyond that date. Keary is confident that Ryles is ready to take on a new challenge, and notes that Ryles is very similar to other former Rooster assistants who have gone on to become successful head coaches.
Due to the recent news regarding Ryles, the Roosters have had a slight distraction from their recent form. They have lost their last three games before the bye, and currently sit outside the top eight. They have mixed news ahead of their next match, with Joseph Manu set to return from injury, although Sam Walker is unlikely to play in the upcoming matches.
Manu’s return will be a welcome boost for the Roosters, given that Victor Radley and Brandon Smith are both facing an extended period on the sidelines. Smith’s injury allows Jake Turpin, who has had four starts this year, to take over the hooker role.
Turpin is excited for the opportunity, and feels confident that he can last the whole match if needed.