@crazycat said in Should our "big 5" offer to take pay cuts?:
People forget how desperate we were. We just had 3 of the big 4 walk after our entire team was geared around them. Reynolds was still a decent 5/8, solid defender and former blue. Do people remember we had next to no one signed when Cleary and co took over?
Everyone says punt Reynolds, fair enough. But we are saying this with Marshall rejoining our squad. Reynolds was the right call at the time and he just had way too many injuries. We could have made a long shot call for Maloney or Cronk, but we had Reynolds name on the contract.
It’s the Mbye signing that mystifies me.
I see what you mean, but I new at the exact second we signed him that we had paid massive overs. He is a solid player, but never close to that coin.
@cqtiger said in 2020 Membership:
Well the club pulled my current membership so I guess I’m out.
I had to redo my membership Package as it doesn’t exist heading into 2020 season, easily enough to negotiate just sign into your WTs account and choose the new one…You also get the opportunity to remove the tick for the automatic roll over for future membership if you don’t want it.
@Spartan117 said in Anyone attend the gf lunch:
Not for me.
The tigers and NRL are thouroughly in inspiring.
The 3rd party deal rorting by the big clubs is not being addressed by the politicians in the top job.
I’m not watching the GF
Agreed, I’m so uninspired this season, my decision to cook up a BBQ was made at around 3 minutes prior to kick off. So I missed the first 20 minutes of the game. But I’m on board now, although kind of disinterested. Go raiders. Where’s my wine?
Marsters was below par in 2019 with the ankle injury, and I can understand the levels of frustration amongst supporters.
However when fully fit he has many attributes that make him difficult to handle in defence, a big body, powerful, footwork, strong fend, good hands, accurate flick pass, late offload. Both Marsters and Nofoaluma are very good at the late offload, and they’ve done so with three defenders wrestling them, without knowing the figures I imagine their accuracy percentage would very high at executing it, and second phase play certainly creates attacking opportunities, and opportunities to advance the ball down field when working out of our own end.
Marsters is a definite keeper in my opinion at this stage, and I’d be sticking with him solely as a centre. He’s looked reasonably comfortable playing both left and right edges which is an advantage for the team having that flexibility. When fully fit again I’d like to see him supplied with a bit more early ball, so he can line up and trouble a defender. And there’s also that try burned into my brain when he burst onto a short no-look Marshall pass to score a try that was an awesome sight behold, more of that full-steam straight running too please!!
It’ll be interesting to gage during the preseason which side of the field Madge will be working with Marsters - Brooky’s or Benji’s…? Marsters looked great on occasions when running straight and hard off Benji, but Madge shifted him to left centre at the back end of the season and that could well be worth persisting with considering the success with the Brooks/Garner combo. Not a bad option for Brooks to go out the back to Marsters or hit him with a face ball, as an alternative to the short pass to Garner.
My gut feeling just at the moment is Marsters will stay at left centre, Momirovski right centre with Tommy Talau next in-line as the third centre option.
I’m starting to think Mbye will shift to hooking duties and share that role with Reynolds next season. Considering their senior status and the money they are on they’ll both need to roll up the sleeves next season to make a contribution more befitting of their big salaries. Neither has built up the capital (consistent performances and influences on results) to feel any strong entitlement to play in their favoured positions and roles within the side at this point in time, and therefore they should embrace any role Madge wants them to play that’s best for the team. Those two sharing the hooking duties could be just the threat and footballing smarts we need out of dummy half for next season.
Anyways, that’s my considered fluff piece at this point in time with our roster as it currently stands, as my thoughts can shift and change with player moments and other info when it comes to light - or even those enlightening pearls of wisdom from fellow forumers.
@Geo said in Spare a thought for TheDaBoss:
So I need to live until I’m 110 for our next premiership …I won’t even remember who I support if I last that long
At least I have a better chance than Geo …you’ll be 135 by then …and you ain’t Steve Smith lol
@crazycat Ok, I get you, I misunderstood. I thought the $100k or $200k talked about was money paid from one club to another outside of the cap, like a fine or profits or whatever. Yes definitely any increase in actual cap space would be good.
So we’re talking that $100k or $200k is like Matterson who was on our cap for $425k, gets swapped with Joe Bloggs on $625k, and the other team pays the $200k out of their cap, so we get Joe Bloggs and pay only $425k on our cap? Is that how you mean?
@Russell mainly on the club, I said. Yes the player was a cheat too, of course they knew.
And Johns was a drug cheat, he admitted it afterwards. It doesnt matter when they say it wasn’t performance enhancing, he took illegal drugs and bypassed the rules of the game. He may have taken performance enhancing as well, who would know, he obviously wasn’t tested for them.
Cheapens the whole immortal status, having Johns as one. Makes it meaningless in my eyes.
The two semis vs St George, and to a much lesser extent Brisbane were the two best semis. I didn’t feel we were ever going to lose the grand final. This one was in the air. St George were a great side and everything about that night was worth of a grand final.
@voice_of_reason At one time I was blinded enough to nominate Matterson as a future captain. Unfortunately his actions of the past few weeks have left a lot to be desired. A captain has to be reponsible to his co-players and to the club which is paying his contract. Matterson has shown none of these traits and unfortunately just seems to be only absorb in himself.
@WT2K said in Tigers to sign new high performance manager:
Former head of high performance for premiership-winning @NRL_Dragons @Cronulla_Sharks Andrew Gray has joined Wests Tigers for next 3 seasons. @telegraph_sport Major signing for you Tigers.
Don’t worry , he will want to leave after a year and be demanding a payrise because of the mental anguish of not being able to working with cousin Aaron