Sydney Roosters fans have been left disappointed after their team’s less than ideal start to the 2023 NRL season and many fans have started to question the direction the club has been taking with respect to recruitment and retention.
Brandon Smith, a big name signing that joined the club from the Melbourne Storm earlier this year, has failed to live up to expectations and League Initiative can reveal that their is now growing discontent within the Sydney Roosters playing group.
Unfortunately for the Roosters, Smith has failed to fit into the club’s culture and certain off field habits have caused concern among club officials and teammates.
It has been confirmed that individuals within the Roosters‘ leadership group have expressed concerns with the hooker’s behaviour off the field and some teammates have been placed in a difficult position.
Coach of the Sydney Roosters, Trent Robinson, has previously publicly downplayed concerns, however, internally the Roosters are scrambling to extinguish the spot fire that has erupted within their ranks.
The Roosters are currently languishing in twelfth position on the ladder and pressure is mounting on the players to perform.
Separately, Roosters chairman, Nick Politis, is still seething given Jason Ryles will be appointed as coach of the St George Illawarra Dragons within weeks – this is despite receiving assurances from Ryles that he would remain committed to the tri-colours.
This has also caused unnecessary angst amongst Roosters players as they have developed a close relationship with the assistant coach during his tenure at the club and some believe he is being treated harshly.