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New players for 2019

Postby Premiers » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:30 pm

Hi

Does anyone know why Storm is the only club in the NRL not to gain any new players for the 2019 season? Seems poor recruitment by the club.

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby Deadpool » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:42 pm

Focused on retention instead of recruitment

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby yourhero » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:06 pm

Huge investments have been made in our young guys. Our recruitment would be the lowest in the NRL, but I would think our talent turnover would also be one of the lowest in the comp.

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby Premiers » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:14 pm

Deadpool wrote:Focused on retention instead of recruitment


Yeah that's fine, but we've lost 2 of the last 3 grandfnals, so I think we need to buy in some players who can help us get over the line.

Look at the Roosters - this year they have added Crichton, Hall and Morris, with at least 2 of those guys steping into any starting 13. And we got no one. Frustrating because I don't want to have to watch another losing Grand final

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby Deadpool » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:24 pm

Premiers wrote:
Deadpool wrote:Focused on retention instead of recruitment


Yeah that's fine, but we've lost 2 of the last 3 grandfnals, so I think we need to buy in some players who can help us get over the line.

Look at the Roosters - this year they have added Crichton, Hall and Morris, with at least 2 of those guys steping into any starting 13. And we got no one. Frustrating because I don't want to have to watch another losing Grand final

We all know the Roosters salary cap is different to that of the rest of the comp.

But honestly I don’t think there was a whole lot of great talent available this year. The only names that moved clubs that really stick out to me are Crichton, Shaun Johnson, Josh McGuire and David Klemmer. The Roosters poached Crichton before last season even began, McGuire and Klemmer were only going to the Knights and cowboys respectively and the Sharks always seemed the front runners to get Johnson.

No one else stands out to me, Barba is a very good player but we all know he’s had his troubles off the field. The Morris twins are well past their prime. Hall also well past his prime, plus he’s coming off a big injury and is unproven in the NRL. Pangai jr was never really gunna leave the Broncos plus he’s a woman basher.

I’m perfectly fine with investing in our young guys like Tino, Drinkwater, papenhuyzen etc, instead of wasting it on overrated players from other teams

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby Mattpoet » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:48 pm

Tino could be a great addition.

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby yourhero » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:05 pm

The only thing that worries me is our forward pack dropping off so sharply last year. In 2017 we had the top pack and looked near unstoppable. Last year though, it felt we were dominated most weeks. McLean was a loss but that doesn’t explain it entirely. Attitude???

We were second last (of all NRL teams) for post contact metres...

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby TC » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:54 pm

Premiers wrote:Hi

Does anyone know why Storm is the only club in the NRL not to gain any new players for the 2019 season? Seems poor recruitment by the club.

Cheers

As well as some great young players who are starting to become established first graders (Hughes, B. Smith) we have a number of good young guys waiting in the wings.
Some like Drinkwater have had a taste and will obviously be better for it this year. Others have yet to play first grade but have huge wraps on them from the club like Vete and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui.

I don't think we have bought a big name, and certainly not a rep player (unless you count Finucane with one City-Country game) since Bellamy has been in the hot seat and it has served us well so far.
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Re: New players for 2019

Postby Lucas » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:07 pm

Roosters bought Crichton and Hall but it cost them Napa and Ferguson. Meh.

Morris is hardly worth talking about.

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby blazza18 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:29 pm

The player market has been pretty dodgy the last couple of seasons and we’ve done well to retain what we can. To me the only real odd extension we’ve done recently is re-signing Blair.

Definitely could use a young forward or two to step up this season. Lost a fair chunk of the forward pack the last couple of seasons.

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby Mattpoet » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:40 am

TC wrote:I don't think we have bought a big name, and certainly not a rep player (unless you count Finucane with one City-Country game) since Bellamy has been in the hot seat and it has served us well so far.


Only ones who spring to mind are Crocker, Finch and Kasiano.

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby scriptyx » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:48 am

TC wrote:
Premiers wrote:Hi

Does anyone know why Storm is the only club in the NRL not to gain any new players for the 2019 season? Seems poor recruitment by the club.

Cheers

As well as some great young players who are starting to become established first graders (Hughes, B. Smith) we have a number of good young guys waiting in the wings.
Some like Drinkwater have had a taste and will obviously be better for it this year. Others have yet to play first grade but have huge wraps on them from the club like Vete and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui.

I don't think we have bought a big name, and certainly not a rep player (unless you count Finucane with one City-Country game) since Bellamy has been in the hot seat and it has served us well so far.



Mick Crocker and Brett Finch were both rep players but I take your pt we don't recruit them often

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby yourhero » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:47 am

Both Finch and Kasiano were both seen by most pundits as well past their best when we signed them. So do you count them as "rep players" we have signed? Kas hasn't played for NZ since 2013 (unless you count Tonga?).

Michael Crocker was a legit Origin player that we recruited.

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby NevilleB » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:59 pm

Hoping Vete and Pat K can get more game time this year

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Re: New players for 2019

Postby yourhero » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:11 pm

Vete definitely. His only game after signing last year was outstanding. Ran with a lot of intent. I was surprised that he wasn't given another crack, especially with our patchy forward form in the back end of the season.


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