2014 Official thread and signing news

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby steaming stormer » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:09 am

We need to all remember that it's quite likely that Billy retires this year, and Munster has long been flagged as moving back to fullback when he does. In that case - Austin would be a very good like for like replacement at 6 for Munster.
I think it more comes down to where we see Jahrome fitting in long term... maybe he is being groomed as a long term halfback to play beside a running 6?

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby blazza18 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:08 am

We've got/had so many fullbacks in the system. I'm surprised we haven't taken one through the Cooper Cronk halfback development program. We could use a game manager type in the worst way.

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby Storm Spirit » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:10 am

steaming stormer wrote:We need to all remember that it's quite likely that Billy retires this year, and Munster has long been flagged as moving back to fullback when he does. In that case - Austin would be a very good like for like replacement at 6 for Munster.
I think it more comes down to where we see Jahrome fitting in long term... maybe he is being groomed as a long term halfback to play beside a running 6?


Personally...that's the role I'd like to see Hughes fill...a running 6 playing next to a game organizing/managing 7 (who also takes on the line regularly !! )

Hughes' ball playing skills, electric pace, evasion techniques would make him a brilliant 6 imho.

but hey...that's why I do what I do everyday (which isn't coaching an NRL team)....so I'm sure Craig has all the angles sussed out already...
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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby Mattpoet » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:08 pm

I think Hughes plays both atQ Cup level

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby Danger D » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:17 pm

I would keep Hughes in the side over Austin. Watching them both this year Hughes has been effective at injecting himself into the game while both Austin and Sezer have had troubles putting their stamp on the game. After so many years of first grade that's something they should be able to do by now: although a portion of the blame for that has to sit with the coach.

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby Storm Spirit » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:18 pm

Mattpoet wrote:I think Hughes plays both atQ Cup level


plus he's as tough as nail and harder than a cat's head...and any other strong man analogy you can think of ... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby RobbieRoss » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:49 pm

I would have Jahrome Hughes over Blake Austin for sure. Jahrome has a huge upside, and a level head.

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby Cameron » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:17 pm

Jahrome Hughes is a gun

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby nacho » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:22 pm

nacho wrote:Calling it now - we end up signing a half prior to the cut off date. Old, young, from England, whatever as long as there’s an NRL background, I can see it happening.



Getting close...

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby sallymay » Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:44 am

5 days to cut off

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby Cameron » Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:26 pm

nacho wrote:
nacho wrote:Calling it now - we end up signing a half prior to the cut off date. Old, young, from England, whatever as long as there’s an NRL background, I can see it happening.



Getting close...


Is it one of the English players who played in Denver?

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby yourhero » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:09 pm

Dave Donaghy has said we have opened preliminary talks with Smithy about extending.

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby yourhero » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:11 pm

17 players off contract this year :o

Sandor Earl
Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
Sale Finau
Louis Geraghty
Harry Grant
Ryan Hoffman
Ryley Jacks
Cooper Johns
Tui Kamikamica
Kayleb Milne
Justin Olam
Junior Ratuvu
Billy Slater
Cameron Smith
Shem Tatupu
Lachlan Timms
Billy Walters

Fair to say that we can expect a fair amount of turnover.

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby Mattpoet » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:42 pm

Pretty sure Tatupu is gone already

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Re: 2014 Official thread and signing news

Postby blazza18 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:35 pm

Outside of the captain, is there anyone else on the list who we would even want to (or should) play first grade next season?

Fully understand some will be signed for depth/development etc.


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