Pre-Season Kicks Off Ahead Of 2019 Season

A number of 2019 squad members have reported for duty this week as the Sydney Roosters pre-season officially kicks off ahead of the new season.

While some new faces made their Tricolours pre-season debut, a number of familiar faces returned to the Club to kick start their preparations. 

Newcomers Brett Morris and Brock Lamb were both on hand in their new colours, as well a group of Jersey Flegg Under 20s squad members. 

Wednesday morning was an early start for the squad as they started their preparations with screening and testing in the gym. 

One of the main purposes of testing is to identify the specifics of the individual squad member to determine their strengths, but also what areas they might need to work on during the grueling pre-season.

"The testing is to get a baseline of our rugby league squad when their bodies are at their freshest," said a member of the Sydney Roosters High Performance staff.

"It's also to review injuries from past seasons and to identify muscular insufficiencies that we can work on to prevent injury," he added.

The Sydney Roosters medical and training staff have their work cut out for them in 2019, especially with the young athletes that the game of rugby league is producing. 

"All Rugby league clubs recruit extremely strong and fast young men, but often they arrive with lots of insufficiencies in their structure which unfortunately leads to high injury rates in young players.

"We're staying proactive and looking at how we can bulletproof the Roosters squad."

The afternoon saw the first field session of the pre-season for some speed and ball drills, followed by some weights work in the gym and concluding with office admin.

Later in the week the squad will partake in the Yo-Yo test and continue to increase intensity in field sessions.