Day of reckoning: Michael Jennings is ready for the big one. Photo: Wolter PeetersSydney Roosters centre Michael Jennings says at the start of the season he hadn’t expected to be playing in Sunday’s grand final – let alone have brother George play on the same day.
Jennings, who joined the Roosters after receiving an off-season release from Penrith, will watch as George plays for the Panthers in the under-20s curtainraiser against the Warriors before preparing for his own game.
“I wish we were playing for the same team but unfortunately we are not,” Jennings said. “I am so proud of him and he will obviously be playing before us, so it should be a good day for the family. I am excited for him.”
Jennings said he had not thought about winning a premiership this season when he signed with the Roosters after being on the outer at Penrith.
However, the NSW Origin centre said Roosters coach Trent Robinson had helped him to make changes on and off the field that improved his game.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect to be here at the start of the season,” Jennings said. “I was just really nervous coming to a new club and I really just wanted to do my job and do everything right by the team and earn the boys’ respect.
“It has changed my whole life off the field and especially on the field. I am more clear about what I am doing and I am more mature in my approach.
“Obviously it was a new club, a new attitude and I had to change a lot of things.”
Despite being committed to the Roosters, Jennings said he would not try to persuade George – a centre or winger – to move from Penrith or even to choose a career in the NRL.
“I tell him to do whatever he wants to do. Whatever path he chooses is his decision, I won’t try to change that,” he said.
“That’s his decision because he is quality, he is good enough. It is just the choice and if he really wants to be there.”
Jennings also has another brother, Robert, coming through the juniors ranks with Penrith’s SG Ball under-18s team. “Everyone has got good raps on him but there is still a long way,” Jennings said.
“It was my goal to see my brothers come up.”
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