Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has denied any impending coaching changes at the club next season, despite their struggling performance in the current season. With five games remaining, the Roosters find themselves in 14th place on the ladder, four points outside of the top eight. This season has been challenging for the team, with only eight wins from 19 games. Speculation suggests that part-time halves coach Cooper Cronk and long-time assistant coach Matt King could be in the firing line for next season, as they have played crucial roles in the team’s attacking game. However, Robinson assured the media that all current staff members will remain in their positions next year.
The Roosters have struggled offensively this season, scoring only 324 points, the second-worst performance in the NRL. They are only ahead of the last-placed Wests Tigers. This puts Cronk and King under scrutiny for their impact on the team’s attack. Despite this, Robinson emphasised that there have been no internal discussions regarding changes to the coaching structure.
Regarding the rumors of former Roosters captain Jake Friend stepping into a full-time assistant coaching role next season, Robinson dismissed the reports. He stated that there have been no discussions about it and Friend himself is unsure if he wants to pursue a coaching role. Robinson regarded other reports as mere hearsay and emphasised that the team’s plans are clear within the club.
In positive news for the Roosters, Robinson revealed that halfback Sam Walker, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since April, is close to returning to full training. The tests conducted on Walker’s knee have yielded positive results, and once he reaches the desired training load, he will be ready to make a comeback.
Despite the pressure of a must-win game against the 10th-placed Sea Eagles to keep their finals hopes alive, Robinson expressed confidence in his team’s belief and game plan for the upcoming match. He emphasised the need to execute their game plan effectively and exploit the opponent’s weaknesses in order to secure a victory.
As the Roosters prepare for their crucial Thursday night clash against the Sea Eagles at the SCG, Robinson remains focused on the task at hand and is determined to turn things around for the team. The coach’s long-term contract until the end of 2028 demonstrates the club’s faith in his ability to guide the Roosters back to their winning ways.