Roosters prop Ruan Sims raring to go in new colours
Having missed the Women's Holden State of Origin game in June through injury Blues and Jillaroos captain Ruan Sims is looking to reignite her football career with the Sydney Roosters in the inaugural women's NRL Premiership starting in September.
Sims was humming in the Roosters first ball-work session at Moore Park on Wednesday after a thumb fracture and broken nose kept her out of the historic NSW-Qld Origin game at North Sydney Oval.
But the 36-year-old is back and raring to go for the Roosters – the only foundation club to be represented in the four-team competition.
"I feel really good," Sims said.
"There won't be any contact for me but I'll be able to get into some ball work, which I'm really excited about, and I can breathe [through nose] again which is even better."
Sims and her teammates were welcomed to the Roosters family by NRL head coach Trent Robinson, who offered some insight into the history and tradition of the famous Bondi Junction club.
"We know that there's more to it than just signing your name on a piece of paper," Sims said.
"You still have to go out and perform and show the product, and you've got to repay the faith that the club has shown in you.
"We want to go there and play with flair which I think is a real Easts style - to be very confident and comfortable and play with a bit of panashe and that's what we are going to try and do.
"Once we can put a wonderful product on that paddock I think we will garner even more support than we already have."
All four clubs - Warriors, St George Illawarra, Broncos and Roosters - are gathering tremendous support for the women's competition, and NRL headquarters have already signalled plans to expand the number of teams in the future.
Sims said the Roosters in particular had gone above and beyond and all the players were looking forward to doing their part in helping the women's game grow.
"The Roosters were very passionate about getting a women's side because that's what they wanted to do - they believe in it and that's what they see in their future and they see us as a big part of it," Sims said.
"I'm not, and none of the girls are, those people that rest on their laurels. We want to keep pushing the envelope and we want to keep driving this sport forward.
"It's something that I'm very passionate about in everything that I do, and I know we have the same mindset here with everyone at the Roosters."
A successful player in her own right, Sims has spent 10 years with the Jillaroos and NSW Blues, plus several years playing for the Sharks in the local Sydney women's competition.
And now the stellar forward is already visualising raising the shield on grand final day.
"I'm obviously very confident because I want to be there," Sims said. "But it comes down to what we do on the field and how we pull together.
"I know that every other club will be doing exactly the same thing and we know we need to take advantage of those opportunities when they come up.
"I'm pretty sure everyone that you speak to at each of the clubs will say they're 100 per cent confident that they going to get out there a raise that shield."