So the Roosters have signed Willie Mason, Mark O’Meley and are faring well with juniors – the likes of the Folau brothers coming through their ranks. Combine these factors with the ability of Braith Anasta, Nate Myles and Sam Perret – are they serious contenders for NRL 2008?

Rugby League is a game with no guarantees. Just look at the new recruits heading to Bondi for next year. Willie Mason has no question marks over his ability, it’s simply his committment and work ethic that are sometimes a concern. This concern may also rub off on other teammates, if they fall under Willie’s spell – might they slacken off?

It’s a different story with Mark O’Meley, a work-a-holic, no nonsense forward – but the aging O’Meley these days is regularly injured. 2007 saw him battle several injuries and rarely reach peak fitness or form.

With Craig Wing departing and Joel Monaghan departing too – there is certainly some strike power leaving the club and in honesty, I think the club and the rookie coach in Brad Fittler need at least a year of Rugby League under their belts before they can realistically challenge for the NRL Premiership.

So 2008 should see improvement, and certainly with the junior base they have recruited – the future looks good, just don’t expect instant success – it’s something that’s never been achieved in the NRL.

By ricky

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