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2020 Recruitment and Retention thread

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John Asiata2020
Jake Clifford2020
Ben Condon2020
Gavin Cooper2020
Reuben Cotter2020
Scott Drinkwater20202021
Mitchell Dunn2020
Kyle Feldt2020
Wiremu Greig2020
Jake Granville20202021
Ben Hampton20202021
Coen Hess202020212022
Peter Hola202020212022
Corey Jensen202020212022
Te Marire Martin2020
Josh McGuire202020212022
Jordan McLean2020POPO
Francis Molo2020
Michael Morgan20202021 $1m2022 $1m2023$1m
Justin O'Neill20202021
Tom Opacic2020
Emry Pere2020
Reece Robson2020202120222023
Dan Russell2020
Tukimihia Simpkins2020
Garrett Smith2020
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow2020
Murray Taulagi20202021
Jason Taumalolo20202021202220232024202520262027
Shane Wright2020
Development Players
Logan Bayliss-brow, Ben Condon, Reuben Cotter, Thomas Gilbert, Wiremu Greig, Dan Russell, Garrett Smith, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

2020 Gains
Reece Robson (St George Illawarra Dragons), Tukimihia Simpkins (2020) Garrett Smith (2020), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

2020 Losses
Carlin Anderson (released), Kurt Baptiste (released), Scott Bolton (released), Javid Bowen (Northern Pride), Gideon Gela-Mosby (released), Jordan Kahu (released), Nene Macdonald (released), Matthew Scott (retired), Enari Tuala (released)

2020 Off Contract
John Asiata, Jake Clifford, Gavin Cooper, Reuben Cotter, Mitch Dunn, Kyle Feldt, Jordan McLean (player option), Francis Molo, Tom Opacic, Emry Pere, Dan Russell, Shane Wright.

Thanks Minto, for table and everything else.
 
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Dan Russell is part of the NRL squad now - was mentioned in his interview ahead following the PNG Nines squad announcement.

Griffin Neame has been signed for three seasons starting in 2020. Uncertain whether he's in the NRL squad or the development squad at this stage.
 

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Blackhawks keen to recruit former Cowboys prop Scott Bolton for 2020 Queensland Cup season
MATTHEW ELKERTON, Townsville Bulletin
October 8, 2019 6:47pm

SCOTT Bolton might have called time on his career at the Cowboys, but it does not mean the veteran forward is done with rugby league.

And he has a few suitors, most notably Queensland Cup outfit Townsville Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks confirmed to the Townsville Bulletin they had contacted the former Cowboy about an opportunity to join the club next season.

But Blackhawks operations manager Adrian Thomson believed the club would not be the only ones on the hunt for Bolton’s signature.

“We have spoken to him, like all clubs would be,” he said. “But nothing has materialised yet.

“He has played more than 200 games in the NRL, he is a guy you want in your side. At the end of the day it will come down to where he can find work.”

Fellow Queensland Cup outfit Northern Pride could not confirm whether they had approached Bolton directly, but chief executive officer Mark Quinn said the club did have feelers out.

“We have got a heap of feelers out there as we try to build a roster for next season,” Quinn said.

“(Bolton) is an excellent player, but I couldn’t comment on whether we had made an approach to him (to play for the Pride).

“We have definitely not finalised our roster yet but we have made a few signings. Like every club we have plenty of feelers out there.”

Bolton played 246 games with the Cowboys over a 13-year NRL career and was part of the club’s premiership glory in 2015.

He played every game of the 2017 season, named club person of the year, as the Cowboys made it to a second NRL grand final in three years, going down to the Melbourne Storm.

Bolton became only the sixth Cowboys player to reach the 200 game milestone and was handed life membership to the club in 2017.

The Blackhawks are yet to announce a signing ahead of next season, and Thomson admitted the club’s focus was on retention at this stage.

“We are just retaining our own as much as we can at first,” he said.

Queensland Cup Rookie of the Year, and Cowboys contracted forward, Tom Gilbert expressed his hope in returning to the Blackhawks next season as he believes he has unfinished business after missing out on the Queensland Cup grand final.

https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/sport/nrl/cowboys/blackhawks-keen-to-recruit-former-cowboys-prop-scott-bolton-for-2020-queensland-cup-season/news-story/3d96a06e6ed22153a75563180d6fab37
 

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Dan Russell is part of the NRL squad now - was mentioned in his interview ahead following the PNG Nines squad announcement.

Griffin Neame has been signed for three seasons starting in 2020. Uncertain whether he's in the NRL squad or the development squad at this stage.
Wouldn’t mind seeing Russell get a run. While we’re in a rebuild we should be giving everyone on the roster the opportunity to take a step at NRL level. It’s got to be better playing younger guys who might be bad over older guys who we already know are bad.


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We will see Russell in the 9s...he seemed to have a solid season in Qcup, by the numbers.
I like the 9s As a formguide for NRL comp.
 

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We will see Russell in the 9s...he seemed to have a solid season in Qcup, by the numbers.
I like the 9s As a formguide for NRL comp.
What 9s? There is a International 9s but is there a NRL club nines also?
 

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What 9s? There is a International 9s but is there a NRL club nines also?
I don’t think so this year. It’s a shame, I quite enjoyed the format.


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I liked the club format, but this could be good or better
 

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Have retooled the in depth Cowboys list for 2019 I had up last year. Have been working on this waiting for the season to finish.

You can find the new 2020 here

I tried putting here one day but there's too many characters, d'oh!
 

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What should we do if Michael Morgan has another poor season next year. He is taking up good coin and if he falls flat again then its going to be severely detrimental to the team....
 

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What should we do if Michael Morgan has another poor season next year. He is taking up good coin and if he falls flat again then its going to be severely detrimental to the team....
Pump the brakes on that one champ. He played well across the first half of the season but dropped off during and after Origin. Half a season of poor form isn't something to worry about. Given a full pre-season and a stable spine he'll be back to elite levels in no time. Now if we can just get Kevvie to pick him in the halves and not the centres...
 

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Pump the brakes on that one champ. He played well across the first half of the season but dropped off during and after Origin. Half a season of poor form isn't something to worry about. Given a full pre-season and a stable spine he'll be back to elite levels in no time. Now if we can just get Kevvie to pick him in the halves and not the centres...
donuts comment was fair enough. Morgo is on a $1m now. Needs to produce big all year on that amount of money. He had a bad season relative to his pay.

he can’t afford another season like the one he had.
 

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I’m with you.

I have real doubts on Morgo’s future in the halves. Perhaps he goes back to FB. Perhaps he solved our centres problem.

He is sucking up way too much coin for the form he has produced.

Hopefully with a full off-season and full recovery from injury he will prove me completely wrong.
 

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What should we do if Michael Morgan has another poor season next year. He is taking up good coin and if he falls flat again then its going to be severely detrimental to the team....
He should not have the responsibility of captain, let him mature a bit.
 

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Mature a bit? How bloody old is he?

This never-ending boyhood in modern society is infuriating.
27 still young for a captain, let him concentrate on his own game.
 

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Marsters released by Tigers, set to join Cowboys

The Wests Tigers have released centre Esan Marsters from the final year of his contract, effectively immediately, with the Kiwi international set to join the North Queensland Cowboys.

NRL.com understands Marsters’s manager approached the Wests Tigers a couple of months ago about the potential to upgrade his contract for 2020.

The Tigers decided against upgrading the contract and allowed the centre to test his value on the market.

He has since travelled to the Cowboys to meet club officials and has been granted a release. He is set to join the Townsville club next season.

The Tigers, who have been criticised for paying overs for players in the past, are hellbent on ensuring history doesn’t repeat itself and were not willing to match what the Cowboys were willing to pay.

Marsters gets married on Friday, with coach Michael Maguire expected to be in attendance such is the relationship between player and coach.

The Tigers are expected to put their faith in young gun Tommy Talau, while the Cowboys get the much-needed boost to their back line they were after.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/10/10/marsters-released-by-tigers-set-to-join-cowboys/
 

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Marsters released by Tigers, set to join Cowboys

The Wests Tigers have released centre Esan Marsters from the final year of his contract, effectively immediately, with the Kiwi international set to join the North Queensland Cowboys.

NRL.com understands Marsters’s manager approached the Wests Tigers a couple of months ago about the potential to upgrade his contract for 2020.

The Tigers decided against upgrading the contract and allowed the centre to test his value on the market.

He has since travelled to the Cowboys to meet club officials and has been granted a release. He is set to join the Townsville club next season.

The Tigers, who have been criticised for paying overs for players in the past, are hellbent on ensuring history doesn’t repeat itself and were not willing to match what the Cowboys were willing to pay.

Marsters gets married on Friday, with coach Michael Maguire expected to be in attendance such is the relationship between player and coach.

The Tigers are expected to put their faith in young gun Tommy Talau, while the Cowboys get the much-needed boost to their back line they were after.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/10/10/marsters-released-by-tigers-set-to-join-cowboys/
Cautiously optimistic about this.
 
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