Keary’s expected recovery for the season opener means coach Trent Robinson won’t have to give Walker his debut alongside an inexperienced half.
The club has another promising prospect in Ronald Volkman, who was the standout player in last weekend’s trial win over Wests Tigers at Camden. Volkman scored two spectacular tries – from a chip-and-chase and an intercept – but the teenager isn’t ready for NRL duty.
Luke Keary has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.Credit:Getty Images
Victor Radley and Sam Verrills are expected to be rested from Saturday’s encounter as they recover from long-term injuries.
There is also a massive buzz around the North Sydney Bears match, which will be the first chance for Suaalii to be tested against men.
It will be Suaalii’s first game in over a year after he sat out last year’s GPS rugby season while sorting out contractual issues. The former Souths fullback knocked back approaches from the Rabbitohs and rugby union to commit to the Roosters for two seasons.
The Roosters halves won’t be the only ones keen to impress when all 16 teams have their final trial on Saturday night. The Tigers need to settle on a No.6 to partner Luke Brooks due to a one-week suspension to pivot Adam Doueihi. Jack Madden has the inside running to make his debut, although recruit Daine Laurie could also be an option in Michael Maguire’s spine after shifting from Penrith.
If Corey Norman can’t successfully appeal his one-match suspension for his role in a street brawl, Dragons coach Anthony Griffin will need to find a new partner for captain Ben Hunt. Jayden Sullivan and Adam Clune will jockey for the role in the traditional Charity Shield fixture against South Sydney in Mudgee.
Kieran Foran will be back in Manly colours for the first time since 2015, while Flanagan will be seeking to impress for the Bulldogs.