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A thread for all general discussion about the Sydney Roosters that doesn't fit into existing threads such as the NRL Salary Cap, Naughty Chair, Warriors team lists, game day and post match threads etc.

This can include past or present news and views, match tactics, recruitment strategy etc...

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A glimpse in to how much $$$ the Roosters actually have...

Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis preparing $545m parting gift for the club

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Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend of the Roosters pose with Roosters chairman Nick Politis.

For the past 25 years, Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis has sat in the same seat - row N, bay 62, seat - at Allianz Stadium to watch his beloved rugby league team.

When the stadium is knocked down following next Friday's Michael Buble concert, the SCG Trust will give Politis the seat as a souvenir.

It's a nice touch, but a more pressing question is how much longer will Politis, 76, be sitting on the throne of the Roosters?

Will a NRL grand final victory over the Melbourne Storm on Sunday night prompt Politis to step back and hand over the chairmanship?

"No mate," Politis said. "I haven't thought about retirement".

Then he let out his signature giggle.

"Can we just wait and see if we win first? One step at a time. But I won't be retiring."


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Nick Politis in his favourite seat at Sydney's Allianz Stadium, row N, bay 62.

Politis certainly understands, though, that he can't run the club forever and is preparing for the future. His end-game is to deliver a property portfolio worth A$500 million (NZ$545m) before he finishes.

He might have made his way in the world selling cars but much of his fortune can be attributed to property. He was last year ranked No.82 on The Australian Financial Review's Rich List with an estimated wealth of A$773m (NZ$843m).

On his watch, the Sydney club has snapped up Waverley Bowling Club, Berkeley Sports, Kingswood Sports Club and Woy Woy Leagues. They also plan to turn North Bondi Golf and Diggers Club into a multi-purpose sports centre.

The centrepiece is a redeveloped Easts Leagues in Bondi Junction. The club has snapped up most of the property on the L-shaped block on the corner of Spring Street and Bronte Road with a long-term plan to turn it into a lucrative high-rise development.

Politis knows his club can't survive on poker machine revenue forever and wants to leave it in safe hands for the next custodians of the club.

"That should be any chairman's objective," he said. "At the moment, our commercial property is valued at A$120m and we have no debt. Next year, we will have A$10m in cash in the bank. We're in a very good position financially."

Now to the small matter of finding the next chairman.

This column raised the question at the start of the year when rumours started floating around that Politis was about to stand down. It is no closer to being answered.

Former David Jones boss Mark McInnes was being prepared to take over but he's since left the board. Former Channel Nine boss David Gyngell is a possibility. So, too, is businessman Mark Bouris.

Powerful TV executive Mark Fennessy is an important board member who was fundamental in getting fullback James Tedesco to the club when Politis refused to deal with Tedesco's manager, Isaac Moses, after a spectacular fallout.

But Fennessy, like many on the club's high-powered board, doesn't have the time to juggle work life and Roosters' life.

"I want to make sure whoever takes over has the time, enthusiasm and passion to make sure the club continues to be successful," Politis said. "We have some good candidates on our board. We'll sort something out."

Uncle Nick usually does.
 
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congratulations to the Chooks. They done bought themselves another gong.
 
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Remember when they said they wanted to keep Mitchell Pearce and have him on the bench?

Wonder if they would have started Pearce for the GF or if a broken down Cronk would have kept him on the bench.
 
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Wonder if they would have started Pearce for the GF or if a broken down Cronk would have kept him on the bench.
They would have stood Cronk down. They still would have won, because that game was won up front.
 
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Holy shit!

I just saw the range of "Premiers" merchandise available for Roosters fans.

I think i need to adjust my hopes a bit. Not sure i can back the Warriors to their maiden Premiership. Il go bankrupt.
 
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They would have stood Cronk down. They still would have won, because that game was won up front.
Did they ever! Can’t remember seeing a more panicked/ bumbling Storm attack
 
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I think Cronk's contribution to the result shows why they need to shut down the on-field coaching trainer business. Cronk was in effect doing exactly what Penrith did to us in our final, by having Cronk mostly calling the plays while standing bqck and watching the defence. It showed that its so effective that you can get away with 1 less player and still dominate.
 
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I think Cronk's contribution to the result shows why they need to shut down the on-field coaching trainer business. Cronk was in effect doing exactly what Penrith did to us in our final, by having Cronk mostly calling the plays while standing bqck and watching the defence. It showed that its so effective that you can get away with 1 less player and still dominate.
Not just Penrith and the Roosters. This sort of thing has happened before, there have been complaints but the NRL seem to do nothing about it. To be fair to the Roosters though they only had 12 players who could really tackle so it needed the other players to really work hard to cover the gaps. Where the Storm stuffed up is they were prepared for NAS to run at Cronk all day, which left gaps elsewhere and they had no plan B.
 
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Cronk should retire and become the Roosters on field trainer for 2019 and beyond.
 
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Sorry like, but of all the people they could get to play the last concert it’s Michael Buble. Hardly worth delaying the demolition for
 
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Just watched Trent Robinson chat on 360, tbh i hate the Roosters (gotta hate somebody) but geez this man is an impressive coach.
Talked about embedding your teams style in the early rounds and sticking to it, called it laying the foundations for the season. said some games are lost this way (look at the Roosters early last year) but its all about how you build and finish.
I liked what he said about some teams (and media) focusing on wins/ladder position but not actually taking note of the style of play or quality of wins.

Must be what Mooks is up to.
 
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Just watched Trent Robinson chat on 360, tbh i hate the Roosters (gotta hate somebody) but geez this man is an impressive coach.
Talked about embedding your teams style in the early rounds and sticking to it, called it laying the foundations for the season. said some games are lost this way (look at the Roosters early last year) but its all about how you build and finish.
I liked what he said about some teams (and media) focusing on wins/ladder position but not actually taking note of the style of play or quality of wins.

Must be what Mooks is up to.
we can only hope 🏈
 
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We all now the Roosters have a good squad (insert cap cheating joke or snarky comment about fantastic cap management here). But they are doing quite well this year already. They are one of the pace setters of the competition.

Now look at their injury list.
Ryan Hall
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Brett Morris

Then Joseph Manu is suspended.

I'm interested to see how they fit Ryan Hall into the side.
 
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It's player development, not cash, that keeps Roosters on top
By Phil Gould
April 20, 2019 — 4.22pm

The Good Friday clash between heavyweights the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm was an outstanding game of rugby league.

The match was highlighted by so many great moments. There were 40 points scored in the first 52 minutes. There were no points scored in the final 28 minutes as these two masterfully coached teams schemed their way to try and break the 20-20 deadlock
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In the end, it took a towering golden point field goal from the Roosters' Latrell Mitchell to decide it.

The power of one: Latrell Mitchell (centre) is mobbed by teammates after the final play.
The power of one: Latrell Mitchell (centre) is mobbed by teammates after the final play.CREDIT:AAP

A draw would’ve been a more fitting result. However, if no extra time period was played, we would’ve been denied that magical moment from Mitchell, a drop goal that will live long in our memories.

I suppose if any team can afford the loss it’s Melbourne. It’s also fair to say our game can always benefit from the wonderful theatre created by magical moments like these.

As I left the ground I listened to the friendly banter between rival fans. Nothing sinister; just friendly ribbing with plenty of mutual respect for each other’s team. They know they will meet again come September.

Among the exchanges, though, were the age-old accusations that the Roosters buy their premierships by poaching representative-class players from rival clubs. This is one of the great myths of our game and these comments always grate on the Roosters faithful.

Another one off the production line: Nat Butcher takes on the Storm on Friday.
Another one off the production line: Nat Butcher takes on the Storm on Friday.CREDIT:AAP

What is rarely highlighted is that in the past 20 seasons the Roosters have become one the leading developers of young talent in the game.

Friday night's win, in particular, emphasised this. Before I explain, let’s have a history lesson.

Roosters' 2002 premiership
Of the 17 players in that premiership-winning team, nine (Shannon Hegarty, Anthony Minichiello, Simon Bonetti, Peter Cusack, Luke Ricketson, Bryan Fletcher, Andrew Lomu, Chris Flannery and Michael Crocker) made their NRL debuts with the Roosters.

Roosters' 2013 premiership
Of the 17 players in that premiership team, 10 (Anthony Minichiello, Daniel Tupou, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Mitchell Pearce, Aidan Guerra, Boyd Cordner, Jake Friend, Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Mitchell Aubusson) made their NRL debuts with the Roosters, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves played just 6 matches for Manly in 2009 before joining the Club.

Glory days: The Roosters, boasting a host of locally developed talent, take out last year's title.
Glory days: The Roosters, boasting a host of locally developed talent, take out last year's title.CREDIT:AAP

Roosters' 2018 premiership
Of the 17 players in that premiership team, 10 (Tupou, Mitchell, Joseph Manu, Friend, Cordner, Aubusson, Victor Radley, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa and Ryan Matterson) made their NRL debuts with the Roosters, while two others (Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Waerea-Hargreaves) played just seven NRL matches prior to joining.
The Roosters went into Friday night's clash with the Storm missing six internationals (Taukeiaho, Liu, Manu, Friend, Brett Morris and Ryan Hall) and then lost a seventh (Luke Keary) during the match. The premiers had just nine of their grand final team in action, while the Storm had 14. The Roosters bench contained four players aged 21 or younger, with a total of just 19 matches between them. Three players (Sitili Tupouniua, Sam Verrills and Josh Curran) had played a total of 14 minutes in the NRL prior to Friday night.

The Roosters have now used 24 players in the first six rounds and are yet to give a debut their big off-season signing, Hall, the 38-cap England winger.

Eleven of the Roosters team on Friday night made their NRL debuts with the tricolours.

Radley, Tupouniua, Nat Butcher, Poasa Faamausili (who has played four matches for the Roosters this season after making his debut last season) and the suspended Manu were all members of the Roosters' 2016 NYC premiership team. Two others (Paul Momirovski and Grant Garvey) made their NRL debuts at the Roosters from that premiership side.

Tupouniua, a junior Kiwi representative, who joined the Roosters for that 2016 NYC season, is destined to be a long-term NRL player and his superb tackle-busting run in golden point was crucial in giving the Roosters the required field position for Mitchell to kick that winning field goal.

Butcher joined the Roosters when he was 17. The former Australian Schoolboy broke a myriad of records during the 2016 NYC season and played a key role in James Tedesco's try on Friday night. He made his NRL debut for the Roosters in the final match of 2016 when just 19. A player with an ability to play long minutes, he's been a star in the lower grades at the Roosters for a number of years.

Verrills, last season's Arthur Beetson medallist at the Roosters for under-20s player of the year, is in his second season at the Roosters and is still eligible to play at that level. The wily young hooker put the pressure on Brodie Croft late in normal time on Friday that prevented Croft from getting the space he needed to kick the winning field goal in regulation time.

Curran was a schoolboys star at Patrician Brothers Blacktown. He played under-16s for NSW in 2015, under-18s in 2017, under-20s in 2018 and Australian Schoolboys in 2016. He is another that the Roosters identified at a very young age, joining the club at 17 and graduating to the senior squad this season, along with Verrills.

What sets apart players such as Tupouniua, Butcher, Verrills, Curran, Faaumasili and another Roosters 2019 debutant Lachlan Lam from so many other NRL youngsters is the football education they receive at the Roosters. Despite their young age, when they make their debut at the Roosters they are ready. They have been at the club since a young age and the development programs that they go through have them as prepared for the NRL as a youngster can possibly be.

Look through the team lists and you will find a myriad of players who were at the Roosters prior to making their NRL debut, but are now playing elsewhere. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the Roosters have had to let many of these players go, but the players will still speak highly of their early years with the Roosters. They are all in the senior squads at their current clubs: Kenny-Dowall, Guerra, Tautau Moga, Connor Watson, Pearce (Knights); Joseph Leilua, Jack Murchie, Iosia Soliola (Raiders); Ryley Jacks, Treymain Spry (Titans); Jahrome Hughes, Sandor Earl (Storm); Brad Takairangi, Kane Evans (Parramatta); Tuivasa-Sheck, Jackson Frei, Leivaha Pulu, Taane Milne, Blake Ayshford (Warriors); John Asiata, Javid Bowen, Nene Macdonald (Cowboys); Momirovski, Matterson, Esan Marsters, Luke Garner (Tigers); Rhyse Martin, Napa (Bulldogs); Sean O'Sullivan, Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos); James Tamou, Frank Winterstein (Panthers); Ethan Lowe (Souths); Brendan Elliot, Lloyd Perrett (Manly); Kurt Capewell, Braden Hamlin-Uele (Sharks).

That's 37 players, plus 19 of the 29-man Roosters squad, and it's possible I have missed a few. It's impressive, to say the least.
The Roosters have played in 11 preliminary finals in the past 21 seasons, in seven of the last 19 grand finals, won four of the past six minor premierships and won three of the past 17 titles. They do so, not by buying premierships, but by identifying and developing talent at a rate better than the rest.

They are able to buy players such as Tedesco, Cooper Cronk, Keary, Hall and Angus Crichton because so many of their other squad members have been developed in-house. They are worthy premiership favourites again in 2019 on the back of another squad dominated by products they have developed.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/it-s-player-development-not-cash-that-keeps-roosters-on-top-20190420-p51frr.html?fbclid=IwAR1vZIh1EJ0HIQy4N5458NYitKCRMwyfRs13wBrVUxgsAw5jgRtGZQEuHbM
 
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