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“Definitely changed” – England star credited with ‘transforming’ NRL team

Sydney Roosters playmaker Luke Keary has claimed that England international Dom Young has transformed the team’s attack, with the NRL side currently putting up historic numbers.

Young earned the move to the Roosters after a record-breaking season of his own in which he topped the NRL try-scoring charts with 23, the most by a Knights player in the regular season since 2001.

So far in 2024, Young has scored 12 tries in 12 appearances, something that’s helped propel the Roosters to fourth in the NRL with the club scoring a whopping 480 points, 80 clear of the next highest-scoring team.

Their 84 tries is 14 more than the next-best club with the Roosters leading near enough every single attacking statistic, such has been the dominance of the club’s attack. That’s something that has now been credited to the influence of Englishman Dom Young who has had an electric debut season for the Roosters.

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Dom Young credited for transforming best attack in the NRL

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Sydney Roosters’ right edge is the second-best edge of any in the NRL, behind only the club’s left edge for the number of tries scored which is a whopping 29.

That’s just one of the crazy stats that has been made possible thanks to the influence of Young with the club boasting many records including the current longest streak for scoring 14 points or more in the first half. That record stands at nine and could be extended on Sunday morning when they face St George Illawarra Dragons.

Half-back Luke Keary, who has been reported to be making a move to Catalans Dragons, told The Sydney Morning Herald that Young has “definitely changed” the way that Trent Robinson’s side attacks.

“It feels like we can strike whenever we want,” Keary told the Herald.

“Dom, you give him half a chance, he scores. It’s not to say we haven’t had that all the time, but it’s definitely changed our attack.”

Former World Player of the Year Joey Manu is also on that right edge and earned praise with Keary explaining: “hat right edge is starting to hum. Joey Manu has always been there, but to have a winger like that …

“We’ve still got our left, but then our right is probably going better than our left.”

For a player that left Huddersfield Giants without setting Super League alight, it’s been an incredible few seasons for Young who now has 52 tries in his 61 NRL appearances and is on course for another 20-try season.

Currently, the Roosters are averaging 30 points per game which is the most that the club have scored since 1935 when the club broke records to score 45.63 points per game(when converted from three to four points per try).

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