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Roosters playing for now and tomorrow
Steve Jancetic
12:41 AEST Sat Jun 23 2012
Sydney Roosters coach Brian Smith talks to press.
Sydney Roosters coach Brian Smith says his side's NRL future is promising.

The Sydney Roosters are somewhere between now and the future - with coach Brian Smith calling for patience from his players and fans to ensure that future is realised.

With one of the youngest rosters in the NRL, Smith is three years into a plan to use youth to reshape the Roosters into the perennial premiership contenders they were during the early 2000s.

He understands the growing pains his side will inevitably go through - like the 50-12 debacle at the hands of North Queensland in round seven - but he also hopes to see more of what was on show last week when the Roosters toppled title contenders Wests Tigers on their home turf.

And the challenge is to reproduce that effort against another contender in Manly at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

"The goal is always to get it as quickly as you can, but probably the most important goal is to get it as some stage," Smith told AAP.

"Whilst we're all in a bit of a hurry, because we're all greedy and we want everything as quickly as possible - it's important that we also make sure that we're not getting ourselves frustrated when it doesn't turn out to be now.

"Because the reality is most teams take a while to build to their peak and we think that's definitely the case for us."

Asked if his was a side for now or for the future, with James Maloney and possibly Sonny Bill Williams headed to Bondi in 2012, Smith said: "It's a bit of both.

"The majority of our team have got a lot of tomorrows in their kitbat.

"I guess the professionalism and ruthlessness that's needed to get a now result is the thing that's our challenge - can we make something out of now as well as the future."

Smith said he had made no decision on who he would cull from his seven-man bench named earlier in the week, while Sea Eagles back-rower Tony Williams is not expected to return from a back injury suffered in State of Origin I to push his case for a recall for the series decider.


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