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Roosters keen to finish season strongly

By Adrian Warren 17/07/2009 03:31:42 PM Comments (0)

Relaxed and re-energised following their NRL bye, Sydney Roosters are determined to make a fresh start in a season marred by on and off-field turbulence.

Currently bottom of the ladder, the Roosters have lost seven of their last eight games heading into Sunday's home clash with the Warriors at Sydney Football Stadium.

They have also been beset by woes off the field, with a number of players disciplined for drink-related offences.

Perhaps understandably, the Roosters were on Friday looking forward rather than back.

"It's a good time for a fresh start and to start winning," Rooster fullback Sam Perrett said.

Rather than take the stick to his players, Roosters coach Brad Fittler appears to have adopted a more laid back approach.

"Everyone has been relaxing, it's been really good," Perrett said of Fittler's approach during their bye week.

"I think its worked. Everyone is feeling really happy and energised."

Forward Nate Myles, who was suspended for six games for his recent behaviour at a NSW Central Coast hotel was training alongside his team mates on Friday.

Asked how the team was coming together after Myles's indiscretion, Perrett said: "We haven't really been dwelling on it too much and just working on our game plane, I guess that's the way we've been coping with it," Perrett said.

Questioned over whether Myles had apologised to his colleagues Perrett said: "Yeah, we already know how he feels, so we just support him at the moment."

The Roosters are not focussing on the grim battle for the wooden spoon, according to Perrett."

"We don't want to finish at the bottom, no doubt about it, we'll do everything we can to stay off there," Perrett said.

"But more so we're probably not concentrating on the wooden spoon, but concentrating on climbing the ladder."

Another of the Roosters New Zealand-born contingent, winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall said the club now had eight weeks to build towards their 2010 campaign.

"We've got a lot of young guys coming through and we're really excited about building a platform for next year," Kenny-Dowall said.

The Roosters leading try scorer with nine, Kenny-Dowall stressed the club's established players couldn't be complacent about retaining their places, with several youngsters either already in the team or pushing for promotion.

"We've got a lot of depth, so everyone is still on edge and no one's spot is solid," he said.

Kenny-Dowall, who will make his 50th first grade appearance this weekend, grew up supporting the Warriors.

"Growing up I went to all the Warriors games and supported the Warriors and its always a great time when we play them," Kenny-Dowall said.

Both Perrett and Kenny-Dowall said matches between the Roosters and Warriors usually resulted in divided loyalties among their family members.

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