“It’s hard to sit there and the sideline and watch but it’s behind me now. It feels like it never happened, so it’s happy days.”
It’s not the first time Radley has made headlines for his off-field behaviour. The Clovelly Crocodiles junior was banned for two matches and fined $20,000 – half of which was suspended – after tackling a party gatecrasher in Byron Bay during the summer.
A lack of discipline on the field has also proven costly; Radley copped a five-game ban over two separate incidents in the Roosters’ round 11 loss to Brisbane.
Radley was involved in a running battle with Jack Hetherington in his return game last weekend against the Bulldogs, but said he won’t be altering his game.
“There’s not one thing I changed about my style, I wasn’t going out there going ‘be more controlled,’” Radley said. “It was exactly like I played my whole career, I haven’t changed anything. I’m not going to change anything, I don’t have a problem with smashing blokes in the head.”
The Roosters will take on the Cowboys on Saturday in a match they need to win to keep within striking distance of the top four.
Robinson revealed more details about Joseph Suaalii’s season-ending injury, which will require surgery, during his pre-match press conference on Friday. The premiership-winning coach said the foot injury occurred while Suaalii was executing an edge-defence drill at training.
“He just stepped off it. He trained for another 10 minutes and it was a little bit sore it wasn’t a major, major injury in that he couldn’t finish the session,” Robinson said.
“We thought he was going to be right but because of his age and because of the tenderness of the area and bone there, it needed to be repaired to secure that speed and power long term.”
Robinson said there was a positive in the injury, in that Suaalii can now focus on completing his HSC.
“Joseph wanted to continue on, he didn’t want to do that, but it will give him time to finish school now, finish his studies and he will be right for pre-season,” he said.
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