Sydney Roosters’ centre Billy Smith is set to return to the stadium where he suffered a third ACL tear last year. Despite the injury, Smith remains confident and says there will be no mental demons when he gets back on the pitch at Gosford. Smith has experienced a difficult few years but is thrilled to be back playing consistent footy and is looking forward to stringing together some good moves. He was amazed to work through this rehabilitation block and become fit enough to return to his sport.
Some believed Smith might have to retire when he sustained his third ACL tear, but he made his return to the game in the Magic Round clash against the Cowboys, playing the full 80 minutes of every game and averaging 128 run metres since then. He’s not satisfied with where he is right now, but he’s working hard and looking to take things one week at a time. Smith would love to play for the NSW team or even for Australia. The Roosters have struggled so far this season with a long injury list, and after falling to 10th place on the ladder, they’re looking to turn things around with consistency in their plays.
James Tedesco, captain of the Roosters, has been named to start in the Sunday game against the Bulldogs despite playing in game one of Origin on Wednesday. With a boost to the team from Joseph Manu and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, the Roosters will need to regain their footing if they’re going to climb up the ranks. The team held a training camp last week on the Central Coast, with Smith optimistic they could turn their season around. He believes they have a fantastic group of players and that they just need to focus on some key areas to improve their performance.