Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall has denied he will follow teammate Martin Kennedy out of the club, with the centre saying coach Trent Robinson has guaranteed his future at the Tricolours.
The Roosters have allowed Kennedy to negotiate with other clubs, despite being contracted for next season, citing salary cap restraints. The Queenslander is expected to join the Broncos. While Kennedy is set to leave, Kenny-Dowall, 25, said he planned to fulfil the final two years of his contract after speaking with Robinson.
''I'm not sure how that sort of happened,'' Kenny-Dowall said of speculation surrounding his contract. ''I have talked to the club and Robbo has been really good. Every time something pops up we'll have a chat about it. He has said that he wants me here and that I've got a contract, and that's the way it stands.
''I've got two years on my contract and I'm happy here. There's a good thing going on here, I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I would be stupid not to want to stay with the roster we've got and the way we're performing. This is the only club I've played at, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. These things happen.''
On the field, Kenny-Dowall - who will come up against Newcastle young gun Joey Leilua in the centres on Sunday - has worked hard on overcoming defensive lapses that hampered his start to the year. With 34 missed tackles, he sits behind halves James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce for the most misses this season for the Roosters, and is fourth for centres overall in the NRL after 19 rounds.
After a horrid round-13 match against the Eels, when he missed six tackles, the Kiwi international has missed just two in his past five games. He also missed three tackles in each of the opening five rounds.
''I'm happy with where my game is at the moment,'' Kenny-Dowall said. ''My defence is what I needed to improve. That was a big part of my game, letting too many tries in. I've watched plenty of video. It's about ingraining what you're capable of and how you do it right and learning from the times you do it bad. You've got to learn from your mistakes and make sure you don't do it often.''
Kenny-Dowall will be part of the Roosters side travelling to face Newcastle on Sunday. Victory at Hunter Stadium would keep them in the running for the minor premiership alongside South Sydney. The Roosters trounced Cronulla 40-0 last weekend. ''Newcastle are a very experienced team who are about to hit their straps,'' Kenny-Dowall said. ''They are just starting to find some form.''