Discussion in 'The Cesspit: Rugby League Discussion' started by Julian, Apr 7, 2009.
I rate Luai. Far too green atm but has the necessary skills to be really good if persevered with.
Yeah I'm a fan too. I'm not sure the pre-season decision this year to bulk him up was really the right move though. I guess it was if they thought using him off the bench in the middle was going to seriously improve the side for this year but I think he seems to have lost a bit of agility with that shift. This isn't his ideal playing weight if he's going to be a 6 IMO.
Edwards is still a bit shit though. He's over his rough patch which is good but he wasn't that great to begin with. Moylan at the back would vastly improve the side as long as he hasn't burnt any bridges with the playing group.
So do I but when your half and fullback offer pretty much nothing in good ball attack it's easy for opposition defences to stack their defence. Luai doesn't have the experience yet to overcome that IMO anyway.
I think Penrith are really going to struggle next year without Maloney. Creatively and organisationally.
Jesse Ramien is a free agent for next year.
By the sounds of it just a bit pissed he wasn't getting any good ball.
Nor should he; hands like feet this year.
Will happily take him back though
Korisau coming back to Penrith. Could've sworn I saw he was headed to the Dogs.
Yeah about 16 hours after everyone in the media told us he was signed, sealed and delivered to Canterbury, Penrith held a press conference and announced his signing lol
I've always like Korisau.
Good signing for the Riff.
There's been absolutely no movement of any real note for the 2020 season that is going to shake up the competition.
The biggest signing to date would be... George Williams or Apisai Korisau?
Any big names still off contract?
Alex Glenn is probably the most notable player still off contract.
Sam Williams... Zane Tetevano...
Oates still isn't signed for next season.
Broncos shopping Bird and McCullough. Macca will probably end up in England.
Feels like Seibold is just gonna ship a whole lot of players out of there and then claim they're in rebuilding for the next 2 years to buy himself some time.
There were already signs of that this year.
Broncos surely wouldn't let Oates go?
I don't think Broncos know what to do. There's no one to really sign in the off-season and they are stuck with Boyd and Bird atm, so do you just write next season off and get on the recruitment drive? Other teams could possibly get away with that but the Broncos will struggle to convince their fans/board of the idea imo.
Yeh they will re-sign Oates for sure.
Getting rid of Jack Bird to accommodate Darius Boyd in the centres doesn't make any sense.
Well if you want to fuck both off but only one player wants to leave/teams would only want to buy one of those two players, I guess their hands are tied.
Sure it does. Other teams are willing to take Bird off their hands for at least somewhere close to what they paid. You can't just 'get rid' of Boyd if he's under contract and no-one wants him.
This could in theory allow them to sign a decent half if they can convince a club to release one, which is what they desperately need.
There's no real need to release Bird though. It's not like there's better talent on the market currently which they can go out and purchase with freed up funds and his contract expires next year anyway so if he truly has deteriorated as a result of his injuries they're not going to be left with him rotting on the books.
I also don't give Boyd a chance of succeeding at centre. I think at this point you just have to cop paying him half a mil to sit in reserve grade. Shifting him around the backline this year did nothing for Brisbane this year, it's a pointless exercise.
Best case scenario Brisbane go out and pick up a player like Sam Williams, Jackson Hastings or Ashley Taylor who would all be cheap as chips at the moment.
Assuming he isn't affected by injury Bird is the 2nd most creative player in a squad that is severely lacking in point scoring ability.
I reckon Tom Dearden will be the next big thing. I don't think they need to change much, just stick with him and be patient. Obviously they won't be premiers next year. If Dearden does develop well they have the right elements with a big pack and a skillful 5/8th to bring it all together. I'd be putting Bird in the 2nd row. Their pack does need a bit more mobility considering they play at Sandcorp. This knee jerk reaction is stupid, I'm surprised the Broncos even managed to make the 8 with how many key injuries they had.
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