Sydney Roosters duo Isaac Liu and Lachlan Lam believe the addition of family members to the Club's Sunshine Coast bubble has been a welcomed addition as they take on the Brisbane Broncos this Friday night.
After spending nearly a month up in Queensland in a group entirely made up of their teammates and staff, the Roosters have been reunited with their wives, girlfriends and children, in what Liu and Lam say is a big boost.
Round 22 Media - Lachlan Lam
“Obviously when we got up here it was a bit quiet,” Liu laughed.
“It’s good to have them here. They’ve brought a great vibe and it’s great to see your family.
“We’ve got our community back, it’s a been a bit noisy at the moment but it’s good to have them back."
“Our families got here last week and that’s definitely boosted everyone,” Lam added.
“Everyone’s happy and we’ve definitely got a strong bond with the boys, and it’s definitely helped to have the families around. It’s happy days here.”
Following a shock loss to this week's opponents in Round 11, the Tricolours are determined to continue their strong form heading into the finals.
For the pair, it starts with playing Roosters football.
“We’ve definitely evolved as a team since then,” Lam said.
“Spending time up here we’re getting closer as well, and if you look at our last month of footy you can see leaps and bounds in our game.
"I’m all for the boys here and the Club, I haven’t finished. I’m putting everything down and I’ll focus on that when I get there."Isaac Liu On his departure at season's end
“I’m sure it will be a different Roosters outfit that you’ll see on the weekend.”
“We played them early on, but it’s purely on us (to get the result)," Liu added.
“What we learned after the game was getting back to our footy and executing our footy when it’s on.
“We’ll play our game.”
After nearly a decade in the Red, White and Blue and set to play his 200th game for the Club in Round 24, Liu will be departing at season's end, but the fan-favourite front rower says he is still committed to the cause - particularly in a mentoring role for the up and coming youngsters.
“I can see the talent in these young boys coming up," he said.
“It’s always exciting seeing these guys coming up, but also to teach them along the way and give experiences that I’ve learned in the time that I’ve been here.
“They’re really good boys and I look forward to seeing these guys in the future.
“I’m all for the boys here and the Club, I haven’t finished.
"I’m putting everything down and I’ll focus on that when I get there.”
Round 22 Media - Isaac Liu
Lam has garnered a similar team-first mentality following a move to the interchange bench, citing a desire to develop his skills on the field having played in the halves, at hooker and even in the centres through 2021.
“I want to see us be successful at the back-end of this year,” Lam stated.
“If that’s me playing in a different position every week I’m happy to do that, so long as that’s the best thing for the team.
“I’ve got a bit of respect (defending in the middle) from when I used to be out on the edge, but I enjoy working hard with the boys there for sure.
“I spend a lot of time with Sammy (Verrills) at training trying out different combinations and trying different things. We’re building that little relationship there."
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