Ins: Remi Casty (Catalans), Jackson Hastings (Dragons), Heath L’Estrange (Bradford), Curtis Naughton (Bradford), Jonathon Reuben (Raiders), Kem Seru (Dragons).
Outs: Tinirau Arona (Sharks), Jack Bosden (Wests Illawarra), Adam Henry (Bradford), Martin Kennedy (Broncos), Luke O’Donnell (Retired), Michael Oldfield (Catalans), Nafe Seluini (Burleigh), Henare Wells (Burleigh).
2013 Record – 1st, 40 points (18 wins, 6 losses).
Attack: 1st, 26.67 ppg
Defence: 1st, 13.54 ppg
Marquee Man: Sonny Bill Williams – Made a triumphant return to Rugby League to silence the doubters and lead the Roosters to Grand Final glory. A remarkable athlete gifted in numerous sports, SBW’s talent, professionalism and work ethic was largely responsible for transforming the club’s ‘party boy’ culture into a true premiership force.
Under the Spotlight: Trent Robinson – Became the first coach since Ricky Stuart in 2002 to lead his side to a premiership victory in his first season. Under the radar for long periods last season, the Roosters set the benchmark in 2013 and will no doubt be marked men this time around.
Draw Analysis: Good draw with only 1 of first 8 games played outside of Sydney. Also finish with 4 of last 6 games at Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters capped of a meteoric rise in 2013 to conquer all before them and take out both the Minor Premiership and Premiership titles.
Under rookie coach Trent Robinson their defence was truly a highlight, holding a team to nil on no less than 5 occasions, and conceding a meagre 13.54 points per game.
Led by superstar Sonny Bill Williams, the Roosters have class all over the park, and with a number of exciting juniors coming through the ranks, it’s hard to see them taking a backward step any time soon.
The Roosters once again look the real deal and can be backed at $4.50 to win the Minor Premiership with Ladbrokes.