Roosters star Radley ditches hothead tag for meditation

After building an NRL reputation on his ability to play close to the edge, Sydney Roosters lock Victor Radley appears to have discovered a calmer side just when his club needs him.

One of the sole downfalls of Radley’s 116-game NRL career is that the 25-year-old has tended to see red in the heat of battle.

The forward has been sin-binned a record nine times - equal with South Sydney’s Latrell Mitchell - across a seven-season career.

But after being sin-binned in three consecutive games in April, the England international appears to have ditched the angry pills for meditation.

“He meditates often,” said back-rower Nat Butcher.

“We have a guy called Velan who he has gone to see.

“He checks in with him and is really in touch with his spirituality.

“I think daily meditation has been part of his rehab process into growing up and being able to control his anger.”

The lock hasn’t been sin-binned since April and Roosters coach Trent Robinson can ill-afford to lose the intimidating forward if his side wants to go deep into the finals. 

Prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was handed a seven-game ban last week and will miss Saturday’s elimination final clash away to Cronulla.

In Friday’s final-round win over South Sydney, which clinched the Roosters’ finals spot, Radley stayed away from conflict.

He was sin-binned twice in last year's loss finals loss to the Rabbitohs.

“The emotion has sometimes got the better of us against Souths but that showed Rads has matured,” Roosters captain James Tedesco told AAP.

“He’s grown into being a leader and he’s understanding that (responsibility) with Jared out.

“He and Lindsay have stepped up and shown those young forwards the way to go.”

Robinson has previously claimed that Radley’s take-no-prisoners approach has led to officials refereeing incidents involving his firebrand lock differently.

But five-eighth Luke Keary loves the way Radley plays and wants him to keep leading the charge. 

“We all know he likes to tread that line like Jared,” Keary said.

“It’s good for our game, people love to watch it and sometimes they cross it and when they do, it gets blown up a little bit.

“He’s really settled this year and I think he’s had a great season, he’s controlled.

“He’s got a long-term partner who has calmed him down with a baby on the way.

“You don't want any ill discipline at this time of year, we know what needs to be done and what is expected.”

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