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Sydney Roosters boss Brian Canavan is unconcerned about a player drain at the NRL club despite the imminent departure of stars Ryan Cross and Adrian Morley.
Cross and Morley both announced this week they would be leaving the Bondi Junction club at the end of the season. Cross will take up an offer with Super 14 outfit Western Force and Morley will return to his native England to play with Warrington.
Canavan says retaining some of the Roosters emerging talent is a priority over entering the player market after June 30. Club captain Craig Fitzgibbon has intimated his desire to remain with the Roosters, scotching rumours of a move to new NRL franchise Gold Coast.
Star fullback Anthony Minichiello, who is still on the sidelines following back surgery, also remains unsigned beyond this season.
Elsewhere, Queensland Origin pair Justin Hodges and Karmichael Hunt are both in doubt for Brisbane's NRL clash against St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium tonight due to injury.
Hodges, who returned from a hamstring injury to take part in Queensland's emphatic game two victory, picked up a knee injury on Wednesday night and is unlikely to take on the Dragons. Hunt is carrying an ankle injury but is considered a likely starter.
The Broncos are already without winger Tame Tupou and goalkicking back-rower Corey Parker because of injury. The Dragons are chasing their fifth straight win and welcome back halfback Mathew Head from a long term knee injury, while Luke Bailey and Mark Gasnier are expected to back up following Origin duty.