2022 NRL WA Squad Game – Fremantle Roosters

3 in a row. 17, 18, 19. The Roosters with everyone on the park in recent history have been the side to beat. Although never winning the minor premiership in those years, they roared home in the final few weeks to stamp their authority and be undeniable premiers. But they have fallen away the last couple years, with FIFO schedules and player availability hurting their continuity. But the whispers are back in 2022 that the Roosters are in line for another big run.

The incomparable Delane Edwards has been at the head of the Roosters camp for more than half a decade now, and he is going around again. A WA Legend, he has turned the Roosters into the entertainers of the competition. Capable of scoring from almost anywhere, with no fear of ball movement. If you can’t catch and pass under pressure, you’d better learn quick smart in Edwards setups. A smart man, with capable people behind him including the evergreen Ryan Foster, Fremantle’s coaching team is a tried and true formula.

Gains & Losses
Stalwart Brad Gibson should be back. Been seen on the touch fields dancing around, he will be chomping at the bit to be back on the field. Now the rumour mill is heating up about an influx of “union” players possibly coming over, and the Manihera Eden name is also on the lips of others. A devastating centre or fullback, he would be an immense addition. The whispers don’t stop there. Is Tane Peakman back from his 6th retirement? Will Paasi Fine start the season up front? Is Takaroa Peneha, Ezra Taomia and Regy Manu going to be around more often this season? If they can get everyone on the field this year it could be a scary sight.

In the losses category, Paora Kemp won’t be there. The talented and highly sought after play maker was a revelation in his first full season for the Roosters and will be sorely missed. Nicholas Riggs is also going to be missing, with the young tearaway going to try his hand in on the East Coast. Outside of that, there isn’t much else that can be guaranteed. More so just plenty of question marks. One thing we can say for sure, that the beautiful bald head of Ryan Foster won’t be seen in a playing jersey with a major nerve injury causing a scare through the Fremantle camp in the off season.

Draw Snapshot
The Roosters have an interesting start to the season. On the road while their new ground is being facilitated for the first three weeks, they start up at Admiral Park against a strong Giants, before heading all the way down south for a southern rivalry with the point to prove Rockingham Sharks in Round 2. They finish their 3 rounds away with a game against defending premiers North Beach Sea Eagles at Blueforce Park, in what could be a tricky opening month.

Fremantle full draw here.

It will be the same assignment for the Roosters. If they can get all their players on the park at the same time, they will go extremely close. The boys aren’t getting any younger and with the club getting a face lift at their new Treeby facility, they should be able to be attractive to a whole new market. Will be close to being favourites in 2022.