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Sydney Roosters good roster management equals sustained success

29 Apr 20, 5:41PM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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Current back to back premiers the Sydney Roosters have consistently performed at a high level since 2013 and still don’t really look like dropping off.

It was in that 2013 season where the Roosters would defeat the Sea Eagles in the Grand Final, before making three of the next four preliminary finals and then two more premierships in 2018 and 2019.

This sustained success can be put down to great club management.

In that six year period the Roosters have only really made five big signings that have had a lasting impact on their side.

Those signings are Sonny Bill Willians, James Maloney, Luke Keary, James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk.

The rest either came through the ranks at the club or were signed before being developed into mainstream stars at the club.

Nick Politis and his men at the Roosters are also not afraid to let top talent go if it means the club will be better off if they do so.

For example, the Roosters made it clear very early into the Latrell Mitchell fiasco of late 2019 that they would not be re-signing the player.

All this means is that the club gets to mould another young player into a star or sign a suitable replacement for cheaper and retain the same level of strength in the team.

Many people mistake the Roosters for being over the salary cap, but if you look at their recent track record with signings then this clearly isn’t the case.

Yes, the club signed Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco in 2018, however they let Mitchell Pearce and Michael Gordon go in the same year.

In 2019 they brought in Angus Crichton and Ryan Hall, with Blake Ferguson and Ryan Matterson leaving the team.

Lastly, in 2020 the Roosters have brought in Kyle Flanagan and Josh Morris, but at the same time have lost Cooper Cronk and Latrell Mitchell.

This is more of an example of good roster management and player turnover then a club that is over the salary cap.

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