Hit-man Shaun Kenny-Dowall previews the Roosters season.
With new players and a new coach comes a fresh start for a Sydney Roosters outfit looking to crack the top eight of the NRL this season.
Any club in the NRL would be happy to add just one of James Maloney, Michael Jennings and Sonny Bill Williams to their roster. With all three signing with the Roosters for 2013, there is good reason that some are calling them premiership contenders.
If the Roosters can rid themselves of the media circus that has been following SBW ever since his arrival was announced, the club have found a superstar both in attack and defense.
In Jennings, the Chooks have given themselves attacking potential across the field, both in their forward and back lines.
The Sydney team are boasting a line up featuring the best off-season buys of the NRL but it will be up to rookie coach Trent Robinson to turn them into a consistent team rather than talented individuals.
With so many big name players the Roosters would be hard to write off and a top eight finish should easily be in grasp for the Roosters, a huge turn around after finishing 13th last year.
fanatix 2013 NRL ladder prediction: 2nd
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