Roosters coach Trent Robinson has responded to claims of external interference aimed at destabilizing the team, insisting that the club remains united despite the setback of losing Joseph Suaali’i to a concussion during training. Suaali’i was set to make his comeback after serving a three-game suspension, but the head knock means he will have to wait a little longer. The Roosters‘ injury list continues to grow, with several key players already sidelined. Robinson explained, “He got a bit of a knock yesterday… It’s pretty mild but not enough to get through to the game.”
Addressing the rumors of divisions within the club, Robinson dismissed them as mischief-making from disgruntled parties on the outside. He emphasised the unity within the playing group, stating, “We’re really focused on each other and everyone’s really taking responsibility… I haven’t seen any finger pointing.” Robinson praised how the team has looked inwardly to find ways to help the team and improve collectively. He highlighted the strong culture at the Roosters and their determination to turn their form around.
In other news, prop forward Matt Lodge is set to depart the club after being dropped to reserve grade. Robinson confirmed that Lodge had requested a release, and the Roosters had granted him permission to seek opportunities elsewhere. The coach expressed uncertainty about the current status of Lodge’s potential move to another club but anticipated a resolution in the coming week. Robinson also mentioned that Lodge would not be playing for the feeder club North Sydney this week, as he takes some time off to organize his release.
Meanwhile, Roosters captain James Tedesco has faced criticism for his recent performances, with some suggesting he should be dropped from the New South Wales (NSW) State of Origin team. Robinson, however, staunchly defended his skipper, asserting that there should be no debate about Tedesco’s place in the squad. The coach emphasised the importance of loyalty and standing by players in both good and bad times. While acknowledging the team’s desire to improve, Robinson supported Tedesco and expressed confidence in his leadership.
The Roosters will be looking to regroup and bounce back from recent challenges as they aim to turn their season around. Despite the setbacks, Robinson remains confident in the team’s resilience and the strength of their culture.