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What’s the definition of insanity??Who are these new faces? Anyone on the radar to get excited about?
22/30 with the following confirmedSo 20/30 signed NRL squad atm. 5 of the remaining 10 spots left need to pretty much be outside backs
I wasn't impressed with Tuala but thought he'd get another crack aswell. I don't know about his attitude but was hoping Mosby would be given one last chance, with his speed and only being 23.What’s the definition of insanity??
Gotta be realistic about what’s best for the club. I’d say green gooone but that is not best for the club because we simply cannot pull 2 million bucks out of our ass. They need a fresh squad. I disagree with letting tuala go but the direction is correct. I imagine there’s a good chance we have snagged Scott or possibly masters (don’t think so) already for this to happen. Regardless of who it is, we have salary cap space to spend and needed a clean out, regardless of whether we pay overs for guys like that. In a completely non confrontational way, I’d like to know what you think the answer is. We’re not in a very good position.
I've been pretty angry with the way Tuala has been handled all season. He's a natural right centre (only competition was Opacic, who had an excellent season) who was played out of position on the left wing and expected to flourish? Last season, as a rookie, he was set up to fail on a right edge with Hess-Clifford-Tuala. In attack the ball went left 80% of the time to JT and in defence that edge was constantly defending 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 because Hess was unable to get off the ground in tackles.Think of all the time and effort that went into Enari
Or go to waste.Has the club really had a good record developing young players since the early 00's? The only notable player from recent years I can think of who came through our system with minimal hiccups is Scott Bolton (let me know if I'm forgetting someone). Morgo, Taumalolo and Feldt are good current examples, but they were in and out of first grade for years before they finally cemented their spots.
We've tended to rely on picking up young players from elsewhere just before they hit first grade, rather than groom our juniors. I think it's been a problem with our club as a whole for a while. We've had some promising juniors coming through but they've been let go to other teams.
I think this current crop of juniors we have on the cusp of first grade at the moment are the most promising in a while, hopefully we don't let them go this time.
The points you have made here are very succinct.I've been pretty angry with the way Tuala has been handled all season. He's a natural right centre (only competition was Opacic, who had an excellent season) who was played out of position on the left wing and expected to flourish? Last season, as a rookie, he was set up to fail on a right edge with Hess-Clifford-Tuala. In attack the ball went left 80% of the time to JT and in defence that edge was constantly defending 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 because Hess was unable to get off the ground in tackles.
If there was a development plan for him then why was he playing right centre for the Pride and left wing for the NRL team? It seems to me like there is ZERO planning in the development of our young players and certainly no patience from the coaching team. I wouldn't be surprised if the club's attitude was "prove you're a first-grader or sit on the sideline" rather than utilising a young player's strengths and developing them into a first grade player.
Tuala was a good Australian Schoolboy player (look for the 2018 Aus vs NZ game if you can find it) and was neck and neck with Staggs as the brightest young centre in the Q Cup. Outside of some sort of discipline or attitude issue, or possibly a smart club signing him for good money, I can't think of any reason why we would let a promising young player at a position of need go - even if we get Scott or some unexpected starter in the centres.
I can't think of a single young player that we seem to have had a strong development plan for under Green. Hess might be the closest but he's been f****d around by being played out of position on the right edge and ridiculously in the centres. I'm worried about the development of Clifford and Hola and extremely pessimistic about how they'll be treated next season.