Roosters mulling concussed Friend's future

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson and the club's medical team are consulting specialists as they consider when, if ever, Jake Friend could return from his latest concussion.

Friend suffered a head knock in round one, marking his third concussion in six months.

The hooker is in good spirits and free of symptoms, having already resumed running and weights, but will miss Friday night's clash with South Sydney as the Roosters continue to take a conservative approach.

Robinson, asked about speculation that Friend might have played his last NRL game, said the Roosters are to see another specialist over the matter.

"Then we'll sit down with Jake, most likely end of this week or beginning of next week, to nut out what the process is and what we'll do," Robinson told reporters on Wednesday.

"He's feeling normal, he did not long after."

Robinson had an honest discussion with Boyd Cordner regarding the forward's own concussion woes last December.

Retirement was discussed but the co-captain agreed to sit out the opening half of this season.

Robinson, whose club have led the way on concussion in their treatment of stars Cordner and Luke Keary in recent years, highlighted the absence of any sort of formal protocols or guidance from the NRL regarding return to play.

"There is not a process," he said.

"It's up to the club doctor.

"What's the history of the player? How much do you care about the player?

"Every case is individual ... we want to continue to win, that's without question.

"But if these players - for (club doctor) Tom, myself or (anyone) at the club - if this was our son, what would we want to happen?"

The NRL has raised concerns about what head of football Graham Annesley termed an "unacceptable" number of high shots this season.

Robinson didn't believe player fatigue was causing more high tackles, or that there was necessarily a trend.

"We're just more aware of them," he said.

"They've been around our game forever.

"We're just getting a bit more conscious of the effect."

Meanwhile, Jai Arrow's actions in last year's State of Origin decider are likely to be on the mind of James Tedesco's NRL teammates this week.

Tedesco and Queensland enforcer Arrow are clashing for the first time since Origin III, when the latter lifted and dumped the concussed NSW fullback.

Tedesco has quipped "it could be dangerous" if returning Roosters lock Victor Radley has Arrow in his sights.

"Players care about Teddy and it shouldn't have happened, so we'll see what motivation that brings," Robinson said.

"There's thousands and thousands of fans who don't want me to say anything (to calm Radley down).

"They want to watch that happen ... it's not up to me to dampen that spirit that we want players to play with."