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Roosters happy to have banned pair back

By Ian Mccullough 07/04/2009 08:14:56 PM Comments (0)

Craig Fitzgibbon says the Sydney Roosters are chuffed to have Willie Mason and Nate Myles back this week despite the side dispatching Parramatta 24-6 last outing without them.

Mason and Myles, who were stood down for breaching the club's alcohol policy and played in the NSW Cup for Newtown, will return against Brisbane at the Sydney Football Stadium on Friday.

Fitzgibbon said all the players were pleased to have them back in the side.

"After last week, they took it on the chin and by all reports they have gone up there (Central Coast) and had a pretty strong performances with Newtown," he said on Tuesday.

"But we need those guys back, they are a vital part of our team and it's great to have them available again."

A depleted Roosters team produced their best performance of the season to beat a full-strength Parramatta side and Fitzgibbon said leaving the pair out for a second week was not something he would agree with.

"It's hard to say that ... one of them is an international and the other is a future international, they are two special players," he said.

"It's not good that they put themselves in that situation and I know they will want to feel like they need to put in a good performance.

"But we don't want to put ourselves in these situations again just to get a good performance.

"We did talk about playing without Willie and Nate and we felt that we had to lift the bar without them, as it would have been disappointing to have to rely on them come back and lift us if we had lost the game."

The former Roosters skipper also said the club's policy on drinking, which was agreed to by the players, was not set in stone and it could be adjusted at any time.

"It's a rolling policy and it certainly it can be revised ... Freddie's (Fittler) door is always open and we can approach it if we have to," Fitzgibbon said.

"It was just unfortunate for them that, on that day, it was a strictly no drinking and they breached it.

"As it stands, we know the rules and we will be sticking with them."

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