Three months ago many good judges had the Sydney Roosters barely making a dent in the 2013 National Rugby League Premiership. Fast forward to February and the Bondi club now seem a definite chance of making the Finals.
The ongoing Sonny Bill Williams contract rumours seemed to go on forever.
Eventually they got their man.
After a stint in Japanese rugby and a boxing match in Brisbane, SBW has officially joined his new team-mates for pre-season training.
But even with Williams’ arrival and the acquisition of running five-eight James Maloney, many believed the glamour club would still struggle this year. They didn’t have enough “leadership” or “experience” to threaten.
While the SBW stories were churned out daily in the media through November and December, moves were being made to snare another trailblazer.
This one from the Penrith Panthers.
When Michael Jennings was officially granted a release from the Panthers to link with the Roosters, people still questioned the club’s chances.
It seems though the Roosters are not finished in their last minute recruitment drive.
Firebrand Luke O’Donnell is expected to join the club after seeking a release from the Huddersfield Giants in the English Super League. Sighting his partner’s homesickness, Sydney will seemingly get their man.
“We thought something might have been finalised overnight, after Luke didn’t play yesterday,” O’Donnell’s manager Wayne Beavis told The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.
“I can’t see him flying home for at least a couple of days, so it’s unlikely he’ll be available [for the Roosters] this week.”
No doubt the Roosters have plenty of potential in their squad.
This side will probably shock plenty of people with a number of boom rookies coming through and entertainers like Williams, Maloney and Jennings ready to fire.
When you add O’Donnell to this squad, it is hard to argue with Roosters fans.
Okay you got SBW. He’ll be good for marketing.
You signed Maloney. Takes some pressure off Mitchell Pearce, sure.
Michael Jennings too? A lethal weapon when on his game.
But when you put them all in a side that already boasts Pearce, Anthony Minichiello, Jarrod Waerea-Hargreaves, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jake Friend and Shaun Kenny-Dowall you have one dangerous outfit.
Don’t forget O’Donnell either.
Everything is falling into place for the tri-colours.