A number of league legends have urged Roosters younger gun Joseph Suaalii to stay on the membership, even when it means he cannot play fullback instantly.
Suaalii’s future has been a sizzling subject, with the 19-year-old’s camp reportedly eager on him taking part in within the No.1 jersey sooner fairly than later.
Nevertheless, with skipper and incumbent Roosters No.1 James Tedesco signing an extension via to the 2025 season, Suaalii must depart the membership if he desires to make the positional transition instantly.
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Storm legend and NRL video games report holder Cameron Smith urged Suaalii to “bide his time”, saying the Roosters supply him an expertise no different membership can.
“I do know with James Tedesco it’ll be very laborious to take him out of that No.1 jersey, however he is studying a lot at this membership, he is received fantastic gamers round him,” he mentioned on 9’s NRL protection.
“There’s each likelihood they might presumably go all the way in which to the grand last and win a premiership, so when you will have an opportunity to play with nice gamers like Tedesco and Keary and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, I believe you are taking that chance and stick round so long as you may.
“His power within the sport is his bodily attributes, his pace, energy and dimension, however you are speaking about enhancing his game-awareness and his talent stage.
“Studying from somebody like James Tedesco, he isn’t going to get that from another membership.
“James Tedesco is the very best fullback on the planet and if he has aspirations of taking part in within the No.1 jersey, why not stick round and be taught from the very best, and when your time comes, take that No.1 jersey.”
Suaalii’s conundum made legendary halfback Johnathan Thurston assume again to early levels of his profession when he needed to play out of place on the Canterbury Bulldogs, the place he ultimately received a premiership earlier than departing for the Cowboys.
Thurston echoed Smith’s assertion and mentioned Suaalii’s resolution would come right down to cash versus successful.
“I had Braith (Anasta) and Brent Sherwin, so I needed to bide my time there. I learnt a lot from that taking part in group,” he recalled.
“He simply must assume, does he need the success or does he need the cash? That is what it’s going to come right down to.
“If he desires to play fullback, then he will need to go elsewhere. But when he desires success, he is received a chance to win some premierships by the point he is 22 or 23 years outdated with this taking part in group.”
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Legendary halfback Andrew Johns mentioned there have been “weaknesses” in Suaalii’s sport that should be addressed earlier than he makes the positional change.
“When the knock or cellphone name comes that he will play fullback, he is received to be able to go,” he mentioned.
“I heard Billy Slater speak on commentary about not seeing his ball-playing or his passing, which for fullbacks now, you are the modern-day five-eighth, you are the one which hyperlinks with the center of the sector and the skin backs.
“He is received to proceed to work on his sport, work on his weaknesses, which I do not assume he has too lots of.
“He will play rep soccer this yr, he simply must be taught and get his physique prepared.”
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