2022-06-29 09:54:00

NRL360 co-host Paul Kent believes the Roosters decision to sign Matt Lodge is a sign the club are “desperate” to resurrect their 2022 campaign.

The Tricolours currently sit in ninth place and have failed to live up to the lofty premiership expectations many pundits had for Trent Robinson’s side.

Matt Lodge departed the Warriors in May and has been picked up on a short-term deal worth a reported $100,000 for the remainder of the season.

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While The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent and Buzz Rothfield believe the signing is a positive move for the Roosters, Kent isn’t so sure.

“Previously the Roosters have been running first, second or third and had the luxury to say we actually don’t need you, now they are struggling to make the eight, they know they are in a fight to make the eight,” Kent said on NRL360.

“As we have seen with a few other clubs , when times get more desperate so do your decision, so I don’t think it is the slam dunk that you guys are portraying it as.”

“I just don’t match Matt Lodge with the Roosters,” NRL360 host Braith Anasta said.

As it stands, Robinson’s side have been hampered with injuries in their forward pack.

Victor Radley is set to make a timely return in Round 16, while front row enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves remains sidelined.

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Rothfield and Read explained that the middle forwards is an area lacking depth in the Tricolours camp and can add go-forward at prop.

“Matt Lodge had had offers from the Melbourne Storm and Parramatta Eels, he had lunch last week with Trent Robinson because Robinson wanted to do a character check on him considering his past,” Rothfield said.

“They are quite light on in the middle, they haven’t had Radley for some time and they need a bit of oomph off the bench.

“They are hoping it might give them that grunt to drive them into the finals.

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“I think it is a good signing myself.”

“I think he is a great signing, on his day he is an elite front-rower and that is an area they have struggled in with Jared being injured,” Read said.

“One thing I have noticed about the Roosters bench is they don’t have a lot of size, they have got the Butcher brothers and then they have a 14 there,” Rothfield added.

“But they don’t have a heavy weight they can bring on after 20-25 minutes.”

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Lodge has had a chequered past and many would consider the controversial prop’s signing a big gamble by the Roosters.

But, with a strong club culture and a master coach such as Trent Robinson, the “calculated gamble” could pay off.

“It is a calculated gamble though, you have to back your culture and you know, when Lodge had issues at Brisbane and the Warriors it was the two clubs at the time who had really bad cultures,” Read said.

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“One thing is, he is opinionated, he knows what he wants and expects out of a footy club, so if he is at a club where he doesn’t think things aren’t right he will say something, and that can rub people the wrong way.

“But at the Roosters they back themselves that they have the right culture and can rein that in.”

“If any coach can keep him in line and get him playing his best, it is Robbo (Robinson).”

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