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Postby steaming stormer » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:16 pm

Really happy to see Slade going well - I always said before he had the knee issues he was the Kiwi hooker to take over from Luke... and he was important for us last year too, although for some reason a lot on here didn't rate his work.

HE was Newcastle’s least-hyped recruit but a standout among his peers in their closed door trial against Melbourne on Wednesday — even winning comparisons to Storm icon Cameron Smith.
While Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce attracted the headlines, the man looming as a potential unsung hero for the wooden-spooner Knights is Slade Griffin.

A premiership winner with the Storm last year, Griffin is stepping out of the shadow on Smith, becoming the underrated signing Newcastle are thrilled with.

The 27-year-old started the 26-22 trial victory and hot favourite to wear the No.9 when they kick-off their season against Manly on March 9.

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While this may come as a shock to some supporters with Danny Levi earning a New Zealand Test cap just a few short months ago, it’s Levi who will benefit the most from this move.

With Griffin taking the sting out of the game, 22-year-old Levi had a field day picking apart the big men with his agility around the ruck.

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An ultra-consistent Griffin didn’t put a foot out of place.

In rugby league circles you often hear players and coaches alike speak of the ‘little things’ or the ‘one per centers’ and this is where Griffin excels.

Having served his apprenticeship under the game’s best rake, Griffin shone bringing his men onto the ball.


On a handful of occasions, he engaged the markers on the short side before turning the ball back to the open, a trait Smith is renowned for.

Often the third man into the tackles, Griffin’s efforts to get back into the line at ‘A’ defender was a sign of just how fit he is considering it was a stinker of a day.

Knights signing Mitchell Pearce trains with his new squad.
Knights signing Mitchell Pearce trains with his new squad.
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When Griffin was brought to the club, it was a move to add some stability and experience to the squad despite the fact he’s only played 25 top grade games.

But he’s been part of Melbourne’s winning system for nine years.

It’s his work ethic and desire to make his mark in the NRL that Brown wanted.

Last year Griffin averaged just 28.5 minutes per game for just four starts in 14 games.

Aside from the big names written about ad nauseam, the other standout was Brock Lamb.

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Re: Slade

Postby Gaiscioch » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:30 am

Yeah I rate him, you can see his quality in his feet work and body posturing, he never gives up too much of the way he is wanting to favour from the ruck. He must of learned from the best.
He's definitely a finely tuned league-player, being plagued with injuries doesn't help anyone so a change of clubs having learned from the best club he's going to get a lot of attention a lot more than he'd be use to. Good on him I say :)
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Re: Slade

Postby yourhero » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:32 pm

I was never a huge fan but like with most ex-Storm players, I wish him the very best at his new club. Hopefully he can nail down the starting spot and do a job for them.

3 ACL tears in 4 seasons is ridiculous though - and to come back from that and end up with a Premiership ring is a real RL fairy tale. Even putting aside the physical hurdles, just the mental toughness to come back from that is hard to fathom.

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