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Keighran Relishing Utility Role and Bondi Sea Change

Sydney Roosters 2021 recruit Adam Keighran says he is loving life at the Club and is enjoying his newfound utility role as he aims to cement a spot in Trent Robinson's side.

Arriving from the New Zealand Warriors in the off-season, Keighran has been impressed by the culture and camaraderie at the Club and is relishing his role as the side's Mr-Fix-It, filling in a number of positions since debuting in Round 1 at the SCG.  

"I'm loving it," Keighran professed. 

"All the boys are friendly and they've gotten around me from the start. I've really found my groove here and all the coaching staff are great. 

"I'm enjoying the role. I'm still getting the fitness for the middle but I'm enjoying that utility role and I don't mind where I play. I'm just glad I'm getting a bit of game-time. 

"I think my first position is probably centre, then in the halves but I'm playing hooker at the moment.

Round 11 Media - Adam Keighran

"I played most of my grade career at centre and the back-end of last year I got pretty comfortable there. I've started at five-eighth but I've found myself comfortable at that centre position."

While cynics may point out the talent in the Roosters' squad as a roadblock to nailing down a starting position, Keighran believes an opportunity to learn from his experienced teammates will hold him in good stead as his career in the Red, White and Blue begins to blossom. 

"You can't really learn from anyone better than who we have here in the centres in Josh Morris and Joey Manu," he said. 

"I've been sitting back and watching what they do - you can see it in video, you can see it on the field how special they are and I'm pretty privileged to see that.

"I'll just bide my time and go from there."

Having also spent time at hooker through the chopping and changing line up, the 23-year-old cited Jake Friend as an influence through his transition to the Club and is looking forward to celebrating the career of a Club Legend this Saturday against the Brisbane Broncos. 

"You can just tell when he's around the Club there's a different feel," he said of Friend. 

"He's a leader, you could tell that at training. I particularly found that when we were up in Mullumbimby and that's when that leadership really stood out to me.

"He was the voice of the team, he made sure everyone was on and you can just tell he's a leader. To celebrate him is going to be good."

You can't really learn from anyone better than who we have here in the centres in Josh Morris and Joey Manu. I've been sitting back and watching what they do - you can see it in video, you can see it on the field how special they are and I'm pretty privileged to see that.

Adam Keighran Roosters Utility

A sharp-shooter with the boot, Keighran has taken over kicking duties on a number of occasions so far and looked fondly on the childhood contests with brother Brad as his main influence. 

"It's always been a bit of a competition between my brother Brad," he said.

"We grew up across the road from a soccer field so we've always been going one for one and making sure one comes out on top.

"He's been kicking pretty well this season in NSW Cup so it's always been a little competition between the two of us."

 

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