Sydney Roosters rookie playmaker Jayden Nikorima has turned to veteran Mitchell Pearce for help, and empathy, in dealing with the tough start to his NRL career.
Nikorima has lost his opening four first grade games ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Warriors at Gosford.
Pearce suffered the same unenviable fate when he began his NRL career in 2007.
Under then-coach Chris Anderson the Roosters slumped to four heavy defeats before enjoying a win against St George Illawarra on Anzac Day.
“It wasn’t how I dreamt about how my NRL career would start,” Nikorima told AAP.
“But I have spoken to Pearcey about it and he said the tide will turn and things will start going your way, it is just a matter of keeping your head down and working on your game and things will change.”
Nikorima, 19, said he was staying positive.
“Pearcey said when he started he was on a losing streak and he was down on himself,” Nikorima said.
“I have good teammates around me and a lot of senior players helping me about being positive and looking forward to the game each weekend.”
The season of 2007 was also Shaun Kenny-Dowall’s first in the top grade.
“As a young bloke you can’t get down on yourself and get into your shell,” he said.
“These are valuable lesson our young blokes such as Jayden are learning early on and you can’t let it affect your performance week in week out. They will be better for the experience.
“All of us we have to brush aside what happened the week before and really go after the game next week.
Kenny-Dowall said 2007 was proof the Roosters 2016 season is far from over.
“It is not the ideal situation. It can be easy to get sucked into the trap of feeling sorry for yourselves but we have to get remaining positive and moving forward,” he said.
“In ’07 we lost the first four then Freddie (Brad Fittler) took over and we were one game off from making the finals.
“There is a lot of footy left.”