The Roosters will sit down with Jake Friend at the end of the week to discuss whether he should make a return to the game, as the co-captain continues to consult with specialists about the impact of his latest concussion.
Coach Trent Robinson said while Friend is “back to normal” and undertaking weight training and running the club had a duty to make sure the right decision was made.
Roosters veteran Jake Friend was knocked out during round one of the season. Credit:Getty
“We want to win and we want to continue to win, that’s without question,” Robinson said. “But if this was our son, what would we want to happen? If you can mix the two, if you can absolutely win, and then balance out what you should do for someone that you care about, then you find the right answer.”
As Friend continues to watch from the sidelines, Roosters fans will welcome the return of Victor Radley from an ACL injury in Friday’s grudge match against the Rabbitohs.
Robinson said Radley had been “ready to play” for a while but had been forced to wait due to a two-game suspension that came as a result of a Byron Bay melee.
The match between the game’s oldest rivals will see James Tedesco and Jai Arrow come face to face for the first time since the Origin decider. Arrow was fined $550 after the game for picking up and dropping a concussed Tedesco during the match.
“Players care about Teddy and it shouldn’t have happened,” Robinson said. “So we’ll see what motivation that brings on Friday.”
Robinson also had strong words about Dally M voting, which has created controversy this week after Luke Keary failed to receive a point in Sunday’s big win over the Tigers at Campbelltown. He had three try assists, a line-break assist and made two line breaks in the Roosters’ 40-6 win.
“To be honest, if Luke didn’t get points, then someone should go back and watch the game,” Robinson said.
The Roosters are yet to bring in Joseph Suaalii despite gaining approval for the youngster to play before his 18th birthday and Robinson indicated the Roosters would not be rushing him in.
“He’s had a pretty good start to his reserve grade career,” Robinson said. “He’s training really well, but he’s also playing really well.”
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