Former Brisbane hooker Jake Turpin relishing his switch to the Roosters

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Former Brisbane hooker Jake Turpin relishing his switch to the Roosters

Jake Turpin has admitted his recent form hasn’t been up to standard but believes his switch from Brisbane to the Roosters has provided him with a new lease on life, as he attempts to force his way into Trent Robinson’s calculations.

“It was just a really good opportunity to come to a really good club with really good principles and structure- that’s the best way I play football, to be honest. I probably went away from that over the last few years,” Turpin said during his first interview with the club. 

After starting the first six games of last season, Turpin found himself firmly on the outer at Red Hill by the midway point of the campaign.

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Upon his eventual return to the side in round 15, he was relegated to the interchange bench and had his minutes cut significantly as Billy Walters became the preferred option at dummy-half.

Turpin’s relegation was likely due to his lack of impact in attack. In fact, 2022 proved to be a miserable year for him in that regard as he recorded no tries, try assists, linebreak assists or offloads while running for an average of just 16 metres per game. 

The 26-year-old was reduced to just being a tackling machine in the middle of the park, making 448 across his 15 appearances at a 95.9% efficiency. 

Turpin will need to significantly increase his attacking output though if he is to get game time for the Roosters next year, which is something the hooker is confident of doing after being released from the shackles supposedly placed on him at the Broncos. 

“To come to a club like this and learn so much and get back to the football I know I can play, whatever happens with the team structure, I’m just looking forward to playing the style of football I know I can,” he said. 

A sea change was clearly needed for the hooker, who requested a release from Brisbane during the season after finding himself down the pecking order. 

It was a big fall from grace for Turpin, who only a year prior had finally established himself as the first-choice No.9 when he made 22 appearances for his boyhood club. 

“It’s really refreshing to come in here to a new environment,” Turpin admitted. 

“The coaches have been going above and beyond to help me out and to learn the way the Roosters play.

“I’m loving being here at the Roosters.”

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Turpin is keen to soak up all the advice and guidance on offer during training which is currently being attended by a number of club greats including Cooper Cronk and Jake Friend. 

“Growing up I followed him pretty closely,” Turpin said of the Premiership-winning captain and No.9. 

“He was one of my favourite players as a kid and just going to training, seeing the ex-players that are still involved is pretty cool.

“Having someone like Friendy there is great and I’m keen to learn a lot from him.” 

Despite making the move to Bondi, Turpin knows he faces an uphill struggle to get into the 17 every week. Brandon Smith was recruited on big money for the starting spot at hooker, so Turpin may have to bide his time waiting on the fringes for an opportunity. 

Yet this is something he is comfortable with as he attempts to help the club succeed in any way he can. 

“I really pride myself on being a team player but whatever Robbo and the team needs, I’ll 100% put my hand up for whatever that is,” he said. 

“I’ll put my best foot forward for what’s required for the team to win football games on the weekend.”

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