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Hutchison ready to play his role in Bondi rescue

Roosters back-up half Drew Hutchison says he has done the work and is ready to step into a starting role if needed for the injury-hit Roosters in round 15.

The 25-year-old former Dragon is into his second season at Bondi and coming off just his 10th NRL game in a career that has had its fair share of injuries.

But with Luke Keary (ribs) and Lachlan Lam (ankle) set to be sidelined for the round 15 trip to Leichhardt Oval, it is likely recently-demoted half Kyle Flanagan will form an inexperienced halves pairing with Hutchison.

"Whoever pulls that Roosters jersey on has to do a job and it's no different, someone's not going to [try to be] be Luke Keary next week, they just have to play their own role and do their own job," Hutchison said.

"It will work as fine as anyone else in the team, we've trained with each other all year to build combinations and you know each other's strengths and weaknesses, if we play next week we'll be playing our own game and doing our best to steer the boys around the park.

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"I believe we're ready. If I didn't I wouldn't be playing the game and it's the same with Kyle.

"He knows what he had to work on and he's been working hard the last few weeks.

"He's been training hard, like everyone you have to be real and know what you need to work on. Robbo's (coach Trent Robinson) is good with that sort of stuff, giving you feedback. Everyone knows what they need to do."

With no lower-grade competitions, Hutchison has had to stay as fit as possible and press his claims at training, which resulted in his first game of the year in round 13 off the bench in a middle forward role.

He acquitted himself well in the loss to the Storm, setting up his team's only try.

"I came on and played in the middle last week in that lock role. I suppose it was going to be the same [against the Storm] but with the injury to Lachie I had to come on and play that halfback or five-eighth role midway through the first half," he said.

"I grew up playing that so it was natural to play there but I definitely have things to work on.

"Every time you play, especially for the Roosters you want to perform well and I'm confident I can do that. The way we've been training has been tough, especially with no games in reserve grade. You get your hard work done at training but I'll be confident coming in next week."

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Hutchison was also excited to meet new recruit Sonny Bill Williams for the first time, admitting as a young Bulldogs fan growing up it would be a dream come true.

"I've never met him but truth has it, I used to be a Bulldogs fan when I was young so I'm pretty excited to see what sort of influence he has," Hutchison said.

"I think everyone will be learning a lot off him but you want to get that energy playing with him as well. I can't wait to meet him and see what he brings to this team.

"If you look at him, he's a specimen, you're going to grow a leg and the way he goes about his work I heard he's the utmost professional.

"All the boys are excited, I think he's going to be here next weekend so that's something to look forward to."

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