Despite putting up solid numbers, Tedesco failed to produce anything in attack, leading to a backlash from fans and the media. To stay focused, he deleted all his social media accounts and only sought opinions from close individuals he trusted.
Tedesco showed his resilience by producing his best game in 2023, inspiring the Roosters to a 25-24 victory over Canterbury. He scored two tries, recorded two assists, and ran for 176 metres.
For Tedesco, it’s all part of the game and experience has taught him not to allow himself to be affected by outside noise.
His coach, Trent Robinson, manager, family, and close friends are the only ones he listens to. Despite carrying a lot of pressure, Tedesco reminded himself to play instinctively and was pleased with the way he played on Sunday. He didn’t let the criticism affect him and he was able to shine in his captaincy role, leading his team to victory.
It’s been a brutal few weeks for the Roosters, with three straight losses and constant speculation about Suaalii and Ryles. Both issues have been resolved, and the pressure has eased following their win in Gosford on Sunday. It was a much-needed boost for the team, and Tedesco’s contribution was crucial. He handled the criticism with class, and his teammate Luke Keary is full of praise for him, describing him as a champion player and a champion bloke who’s been at the highest level for ten years.