Rugby League Week’s The Mole had this to tweet today:
Without reading his blurb in the League Week — I generally get the mag on Friday — it seems unlikely that the Roosters would release him from his current contract until the end of this season.
Tautau Moga is still a fair bit away from returning to first grade, and even when he does won’t be the same player until his confidence returns following a knee reconstruction.
Other than Moga, who do you call up? Brendan Elliott who is still raw and eligible for the NYC? Or do you give Samisoni Langi, a spot in the centres even though he is a five-eighth/lock and also NYC eligible?
Or do you move The Sheck in one and bring Oldfield onto the wing as this tweet suggested:
This writer has been critical of SKD this year, as have many Roosters fans throughout 2013. The vast majority of tries conceded are coming down that side of the field, and in attack he has been erratic.
But as poorly as SKD has played in stretches (and to be honest, his defence has improved A LOT this year), do any of those options mentioned above seem like a better plan at this stage?
We simply lack that depth at this stage to be able to comfortably cover — or even replace fulltime — SKD with an equal or better option.
They are on the cusp of something special this season and to lose a potential weapon out wide wtihout a ready-made, equivalent replacement would be a mistake. We don’t know what Moga will be like when he returns either, with the biggest impediment to returning from a knee injury being the confidence required to run into a tackle.
But for 2014? That’s another story.
There are rumours circulating on Twitter that the Roosters might make a play for Israel Folau. With Sonny Bill, Lama Tasi, FPN, Mini and possibly SKD all coming off the books, there could be the cap room available to make a play.
Sonny Bill’s future with the club has not been set in stone by either party, at least publicly. But the other players coming off contract, combined with the cheap deals rookies such as Moga and RTS are on and the increase in the salary cap for 2014, means there could be enough room to sign another marquee player.
Here are SKD’s stats for 2013, in case you were wondering:
ATTACK: 12 games, two tries, three line breaks, 142 hitups at 11.9 a game, 87.6 metres per game at 7.4 metres per run, 51 tackle busts a 4.25 a game, nine offloads, 13 errors.
DEFENCE: 168 tackles at 14 per game (including 12 one-on-one tackles), 32 missed tackles at 2.7 a game (5.1 tackles for every miss) nine penalties conceded.