The NRL’s silly season is officially open now that the Finals are over and the November 1 contract deadline has passed. Smart Signings will provide sanity in the midst of the gossip and conjecture by dissecting where clubs are struggling, what they need to improve, and where they might find it. Expect stats, profiles, and insights without the rumors.
The Roosters are a challenging team to outsmart, with a smart backroom and a settled in-house vibe. Despite a poor 2023 season, they still made it to the finals and emerged stronger. They have in-built advantages that make them attractive to players, including the allure of living in the Eastern Suburbs and access to a network of influential business people.
For 2024, the Roosters have made several arrivals and departures that are expected to make them a stronger team. They have a pretty set 1-17 with a challenging competition for the winger spots. Looking ahead to 2025, they face the potential loss of several influential players. Smart Signings will focus on the big three names and the need for a five-eighth, prop, and high-quality winger.
In terms of potential signings, Jack Welsby is recommended for the five-eighth position, and Lindsay Collins and Spencer Leniu are suggested for the prop positions. Tepai Moeroa is also recommended as a prop who could bring valuable experience and flexibility. As for the winger position, Bailey Simonsson is suggested as a high-quality option.
Overall, Smart Signings aims to provide the Roosters with targeted recommendations for strengthening their team in the coming seasons.