Utility role not an issue for Aubusson
Mitchell Aubusson has been Mr Fix-It at the Roosters throughout his career, and that's unlikely to change in 2016.
Speaking ahead of his side's Round 1 clash with local rivals the Rabbitohs, Aubusson would like to cement a spot in the starting side - especially with NSW representative Boyd Cordner sidelined with a pectoral injury - but declared he was happy to do what best for the team.
"We had the season launch the other night, and we did it by position. 'Robbo' (Trent Robinson) was telling me on stage that I could probably come up for every position. I'm playing a fair few positions, and I feel comfortable doing that and doing that for the team," he said.
"In the past three or four years, I've played off the bench and I've started, so I've just sort of been a bit everywhere. I'm assuming that's not going to change too much over the next 12 months.
"I've been given the opportunity to play a fair bit of footy and I can't wait. Part of the leadership group is that the next guy needs to step up and that's me in this situation. I can't wait to go out there and play well for these guys and hopefully lead the young guys around."
Aubusson is likely to play on the left-edge in Cordner's absence, and is looking forward to linking up with 20-year-old halfback Jackson Hastings.
While their relationship might be relatively new, one of the game's best hole-runner is confident the two will gel just fine.
"Jacko's a pretty talented ball player. He's been earmarked from a young age and it's been really exciting to train outside of him. Obviously we'll have to work hard on those combinations and hopefully get better as the season goes on," the backrower said.
"From the outside looking at Jacko, the way he held himself through those times 'Pearcey' was out injured [last year], he played really well. He stepped up to the plate and did his job, and I'm sure he took a lot of confidence out of that.
"He's come in this year and hit the ground running. He was ready to slide straight in to five-eighth for Jimmy (James Maloney) and now he's done that at half."
With interchanges going from 10 to eight in 2016, players like Aubusson will become more valuable than ever. But while the 28-year-old is happy about the move, he's not convinced it will change the game as much as people are predicting.
"When they did say the interchange was going to change, I was pretty happy about it knowing that us versatile and fitter guys were going to play longer minutes and hopefully find some more space around the field," Aubusson said.
"I don't think it's going to be as big as everyone thinks. I think everybody's worked pretty hard in the off-season to trim down their big guys. I don't think it'll be a massive difference, but it might be enough to see one or two more tries happen."