“Latrell Mitchell needed to bide his time a bit and jumped the queue together with his physicality and skill, however the Roosters actually taken care of him in a variety of methods and reaped the rewards just a few years down the monitor. I’d think about they’ll do one thing related with Joseph.”
The Roosters have made it know they are going to strategy the ARL Fee about in search of an exemption for Suaalii to play within the NRL earlier than he turns 18.
Whereas there are nonetheless considerations whether or not Suaalii has the bodily and psychological maturity to deal with taking part in in opposition to males, Cronk mentioned: “Let’s be trustworthy, 17-year-olds received’t be coming off the conveyor belt eager to play yearly.
“There’s no age when you must or shouldn’t play. Have a look at what Cameron Smith did final 12 months [at 37]. Age is only a quantity.
“However we additionally must watch out to reveal these younger males to the rigours of NRL soccer and the entire issues that go along with it, together with social media, which is large nowadays.”
Suaalii has already tried to place a shot on Sydney Roosters teammate Joey Manu and jokingly informed him: “I’m going to take your spot”.
“The perfect factor about him is how humble he’s off the sector,” Manu mentioned. “He’s good to everyone. He’s nonetheless at college and does his homework earlier than coaching.
“He’s actually large for a 17-year-old. He’s been coaching largely at centre, however he’s additionally spent a little bit of time at fullback and on the wing. He can do all of the positions.
“He retains making an attempt to inform me he’s going to take my spot, however I’m like, ‘Not but buddy, not but’.
“Hopefully he will get just a few video games this 12 months. With accidents and Origin, hopefully he will get a run. I’m eager to see how he goes.
“He’s quick, match and powerful. He’s bought good agility, he can step off each toes and has an excellent passing sport – you’ll be able to inform he’s from rugby union together with his spiral passing. He can kick, too.”
Not afraid to stamp his authority, Suaalii put a giant sort out on Manu, to which the Kiwi worldwide mentioned: “He bought me, too. I used to be down for a bit.”
Suaalii was on the centre of a tug of warfare between Rugby Australia and South Sydney earlier than the Roosters snuck below each their guards to pinch his providers.
Suaalii will play for the Roosters’ feeder workforce, North Sydney, at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan subsequent Saturday afternoon.
Suaalii was named in Brad Fittler’s Rising Blues squad regardless of having no NRL expertise and has already popped up on the radar of Samoa, the nation he’s eligible to characterize on the worldwide stage, one thing that would occur this 12 months earlier than he’s genuinely prepared for the Kangaroos.
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.