NRL 2023: Trent Robinson shuts down debate over Suaalii and Tedesco

Trent Robinson says star fullback James Tedesco has nothing to show because the veteran coach downplayed any issues over whether or not his skipper and younger gun Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii can coexist in the identical group.

It comes after some individuals questioned whether or not there have been any tensions between the pair after Suaalii didn’t go to Tedesco when the fullback loomed up in help towards the Warriors.

Sam Walker ended up scoring from that play, however there was chat that Suaalii desires to play fullback and that his path could also be blocked now that the sport’s premier No.1 has re-signed till the top of 2025.

Suaalii has additionally signed on for one more season, however there’ll at all times be doubts over his long-term ambitions so long as the 19-year-old continues to signal short-term offers.

“There’s completely no concern from my finish about how that relationship performs out or how the signings have performed out,” Robinson stated.

“It’s created a whole lot of noise exterior which is at all times fairly humorous as a result of individuals construct it into one thing which is rather more than what it’s. You have got easy conversations between a few individuals, and also you play your footy. It’s not that arduous.

“I’ve positively talked to Joe (about enjoying fullback) and it’ll positively keep between Joe and I. He’s in a extremely great place and has agreed for subsequent yr, so it’s all constructive.”

The very fact Tedesco’s future has been questioned is sort of astounding given he’s gained the Jack Gibson Medal all 5 years he’s been on the Roosters, whereas his type for the Blues and Kangaroos has been equally good.

Robinson was requested whether or not Tedesco was the very best fullback within the enterprise and stated his skipper answered that query each week.

“I’ve to reply this yearly. I get the identical query each single yr. It’s not up for me to reply it. Teddy solutions it on the sector,” he replied.

“I believe he’s been questioned quite a bit. There’s at all times a greater fullback or there’s at all times somebody higher in keeping with individuals exterior, however he retains producing for the Roosters and he retains producing for NSW and Australia.

“The questioning of that’s for different individuals to determine, however I believe the religion is fairly clear from our finish.”

That religion is why the Roosters prolonged his deal earlier within the week, with Robinson fast to level out that the Suaalii debate had nothing to do with the timing.

“It was actually fairly straightforward. These conversations don’t occur this week due to any exterior noise. They occurred weeks and weeks in the past earlier than the noise even began. It was actually easy,” he stated.

“Ted’s our captain, he’s been our greatest participant for 5 years and we need to make certain he completed his profession right here. All these issues are less complicated than they get made out.”

Initially printed as Trent Robinson shuts down recommendations James Tedesco and Joseph Suaalii can’t play collectively