Ian McCullough, AAP
September 19, 2014, 8:30 pm
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson is resigned to losing members of his premiership-winning side and has already started planning for the next generation coming through at the club.
Robinson is aiming to become the first coach in history to win back-to-back grand finals in his opening two seasons as a head coach, but admits any long-term success will depend on the development of the club’s junior programs. “We started this when I was here back in 2010,” said Robinson, who was an assistant to former coach Brian Smith during his first stint with the Roosters before heading to Super League club Catalans.
"It began with Brian building the team up and me then getting the chance to take over when I did. "I knew it was really good rosters to perform with … we’ve got enough young guys here with the salary cap that we are in a good position. "We won’t be able to keep them all, so you have to make sure your junior pathways are developed to produce the next group of stars. “That’s where you get continuity.”
With the likes of Sonny Bill Williams, Mitchell Pearce, Michael Jennings, Jake Friend and James Maloney, the Roosters have a star-studded roster. However, Robinson said the club’s success is down to hard work and not just having superstar players. “We have definitely invested a lot in this group over the last five, six, seven years,” he said.
“We have to make sure that the juniors coming through are going to replace those guys.”