Infotainment Factory: Keary turns Roosters' Cronk plan upside down

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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Keary turns Roosters' Cronk plan upside down


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Luke Keary could end up as Sydney Roosters halfback after Cooper Cronk’s retirement, with Latrell Mitchell playing five-eighth.

That’s the call from Billy Slater and Peter Sterling after Keary put on a masterclass in a win over Manly on Saturday night, with Cronk out injured.

“Luke Keary’s performance last night was exceptional,” Slater said on The Sunday Footy Show.

“A lot’s been made of Luke Keary’s performance in the grand final last year, but I think the first half of last night was probably the best ball-playing display of Luke Keary’s career.

“He was in everything. His touch was perfect, led to a couple of tries off kicks. His ball-playing, his awareness to pick up the right man and execute the pass … he built pressure, it was a great performance.”

Slater said Keary’s form as a dominant half showed that the Roosters needn’t pay for a new halfback after Cronk’s likely exit at the end of this season.

“It sets up the future. They’ve got options there, they don’t have to buy another halfback. They can buy a running five-eighth and put Luke Keary in [halfback]. He can [also] play six,” Slater said.

“It was a fantastic display last night and it was no surprise that when Luke Keary went off, that was when Manly came back into the game.”

Mitchell spent time at five-eighth against the Sea Eagles, with Sterling saying he could potentially make a permanent shift from centre to partner Keary.

“It might be Latrell next to him in the future,” Sterling said.

“You could play him anywhere. I still think there’s a consensus that his best position is fullback. It’s just a matter of what suits best.”

Luke Keary could end up as Sydney Roosters halfback after Cooper Cronk’s retirement, with Latrell Mitchell playing five-eighth.

That’s the call from Billy Slater and Peter Sterling after Keary put on a masterclass in a win over Manly on Saturday night, with Cronk out injured.

“Luke Keary’s performance last night was exceptional,” Slater said on The Sunday Footy Show.

“A lot’s been made of Luke Keary’s performance in the grand final last year, but I think the first half of last night was probably the best ball-playing display of Luke Keary’s career.

“He was in everything. His touch was perfect, led to a couple of tries off kicks. His ball-playing, his awareness to pick up the right man and execute the pass … he built pressure, it was a great performance.”

Slater said Keary’s form as a dominant half showed that the Roosters needn’t pay for a new halfback after Cronk’s likely exit at the end of this season.

“It sets up the future. They’ve got options there, they don’t have to buy another halfback. They can buy a running five-eighth and put Luke Keary in [halfback]. He can [also] play six,” Slater said.

“It was a fantastic display last night and it was no surprise that when Luke Keary went off, that was when Manly came back into the game.”

Mitchell spent time at five-eighth against the Sea Eagles, with Sterling saying he could potentially make a permanent shift from centre to partner Keary.

“It might be Latrell next to him in the future,” Sterling said.

“You could play him anywhere. I still think there’s a consensus that his best position is fullback. It’s just a matter of what suits best.”

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