Billy Slater urges Luke Keary to ‘take control’ of Sydney Roosters amid recent squad crisis


Billy Slater has put pressure on Luke Keary to pull the Sydney Roosters out of their current slump, imploring the star halfback to “take control” of his team.

The Roosters have suffered an indifferent start to the season, currently sitting seventh on the ladder with a 4-4 record in eight rounds.

Trent Robinson’s side suffered their second straight loss in the eighth round after going down to the Bulldogs in a 16-12 thriller, and Slater said the team’s problems lay in their pairing halves Keary and Sam Walker.

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“They just don’t seem to have that continuity in their attack at the moment,” he told Wide World of Sports. Billy’s breakdown.

“Through their key positions, Sam Walker and Luke Keary are always trying to get each other’s way.”

Despite the pair’s struggles, Slater pushed back on calls for the pair to change their stance, asking Keary to assert himself instead.

“Does it make a big difference? I’m not sure it changes their game completely,” he said of a potential position swap between the two halves.

“I think Luke Keary has to take control of the game and the team. It’s his team, he’s the more experienced half, and we’ve seen he can do that.

“He’s done it in the past on the big stage. In the 2018 Grand Final I got a front row seat to see what Luke Keary can do in the No.7 shirt. I know Cooper Cronk was in that game, but it was Luke Keary at his best then.”

Despite the Roosters’ two straight losses, Slater backed Robinson’s side out of their current form slump.

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“I think it will just take time. Listening to Trent Robinson after the game I think he knows what the problem is, he just needs to find the answers,” he said.

“They won’t be too far. They have too many good players in their team and too much knowledge in their organization not to get away with it.”

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