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Roosters show interest in Doyle

By Todd Balym 08/09/2005 08:32:23 PM Comments (0)

The Sydney Roosters are considering signing former North Queensland utility John Doyle for next season.

In a surprising day at Bondi Junction the Roosters were ordered to resume training by coach Ricky Stuart, less than one week after their NRL season finished.

New recruit, former South Sydney skipper Ashley Harrison attended the session at Bondi Junction while prized signing Braith Anasta (Bulldogs) will start with the club next week.

The training regime will continue with their regular weekly program up until the October 2 grand final as punishment for missing the playoffs.

But it was the presence of the twice-capped Queensland Origin player Doyle that was most surprising.

Doyle, a hooker or five-eighth option, last played in the NRL 2002 when he had six games for the Cowboys.

But he arrived for a run at the Roosters on Thursday and chief executive Brain Canavan confirmed the club would consider signing the 28-year-old.

"John has just come down for a medical. We are having a look at him, he is having a look at us but nothing is decided," said Canavan.

Disappointed at falling one win short of the top eight, Stuart has decided his team, runners up in 2004, will continue training to send a message to the players that missing the playoffs is unacceptable.

"This is no discipline action in regards to not making the playoffs," Stuart told Channel Nine.

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