AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 12: Jake Friend of the Roosters passes the ball out during the round 10 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Sydney Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium on May 12, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend believes his body can hold up with the gruelling 2020 schedule in a bid to play on in 2021.

The 30 year-old is keen to put pen to paper sooner rather than later and believes his body can hold up to the fast turnover of the 2020 season.

Friend has only managed five games in thirteen months due to a series of injuries which casts doubt over his ability to go on after this season.

There is great uncertainty surrounding the funds accessible for player payments next season and clubs are biding their time with new deals. Fiend is aware of this and knows he may have to wait for more details on the matter to arise before the club initiates talks.

“I definitely want to play on, obviously with everything going on we don’t even know what the deal is for next year, so my main priority at the moment is to get some games under my belt,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald. 

Fiend isn’t worried about the toll 18 straight weeks of football will take on his body.

“I haven’t played much footy in the last couple of years, so I’m pretty excited to get out there and string some games together. I want to play all 18,” Friend said.

He’s made the most of the enforced lay-off caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve been able to get some strength-work stuff that whilst injured you can’t do so it’s been really good,” Friend said.

“I think a lot of our team has made the most of the time away.

“Some boys have put on some kilos, some boys are looking in the best shape that they have.’

 

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  1. If he can’t get a new deal with the Roosters, I think he would be a great acquisition for a club like the Gold Coast Titans.

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