Apisai Koroisau #263

Maybe not, but I’m pretty confident he’ll still be a top 5 no 9. He won’t decline that much.
Hopefully, there’s also the need to bring TDS along if he’s as good as advertised.
 
I think he’s our best signing in many years but I’ve been saying it’s not the best timing. I think he’ll be on the decline by the time we build a top eight level squad. Important recruitment period this next 12 months.
100%. A guy like Cameron Smith is the only one who kept on getting better as he aged until he retired at 38. Api will slowly regress but still be at a high level. It's up to the club to use him in a different way and not rely on the veteran too much but let him teach the young guys some tricks
 
100%. A guy like Cameron Smith is the only one who kept on getting better as he aged until he retired at 38. Api will slowly regress but still be at a high level. It's up to the club to use him in a different way and not rely on the veteran too much but let him teach the young guys some tricks
Plus too, a lot of teams need 2x hookers.
I see no problem with us carrying Api and Da Silva for a year or two... Our cap will be tight, Api though can cover a stack of spots as bench cover and few Hookers play 80 minutes.

That said, we have Sullivan/Sezer/Fainu/Galvin all fighting it out for spots. I don't see any of these players playing Hooker and we will have to ditch/loose 1-2 or more of them. None of these I see as extremely physical (except Sezer when he played 5 years ago, not a hooker).. But who knows, maybe they could out-tackle Da Silva and show worth, then it's an option.

We should keep Api as long as we can. Punt unproven talent.
 
I dare say Latu's stint at hooker 4 Tonga on tour
suggests he is very capable filling in there as
well. He would make a good 14, jumping Tallyn
in my opinion who needs to play 3/4 of cup
& get ready for 20/30 minute stints in 1sts '25
 
Barring injury Api will follow a simialr trajectory to Cam Smith - they aren't.weren't the best hookers in the NRL because of speed or strength. They are the best because they can read the situation and adapt to it. This is a natural ability that in these types of players improves with age. This is great for TDS as he will learn from a master - similar to Grant. TDS will get his chance - he needs game time in Reggies to craft his skills and develop. I would love to see us in the position of doing a loan deal for TDS in the future just before he comes in to replace Api. That is when we will truly have depth and fullfilled the Pathways dream.

Unless there is another Hunt among our juniors they need to focus on the position they have - while TDS is getting minutes under his belt and learning Jake has an adequate skill set to fill the role if required.
 
Anyone know what the bleached hair punishment could have been for? Late to training? Dropped balls?
 
I dare say Latu's stint at hooker 4 Tonga on tour
suggests he is very capable filling in there as
well. He would make a good 14, jumping Tallyn
in my opinion who needs to play 3/4 of cup
& get ready for 20/30 minute stints in 1sts '25
That is the best news I have read in ages.
Sadly it looks like Kristian Woolf has his eyes on Latu. Since he poached Tupou off us, Latu may go that way.

that said, same article:
Wests Tigers’ halves conundrum

Jarome Luai (Joinin 2025-2029)

Latu Fainu, Jayden Sullivan (2027)

Lachlan Galvin (2026)

Adam Doueihi (2024), Aidan Sezer (has a mutual option for 2025)

I can't believe people think we will be keeping Doueihi with 5 halves on the books already.
Even if we drop Sezer and Doueihi after 2024 were going to be massively crowded.
 
That is the best news I have read in ages.
Sadly it looks like Kristian Woolf has his eyes on Latu. Since he poached Tupou off us, Latu may go that way.

that said, same article:
Wests Tigers’ halves conundrum

Jarome Luai (Joinin 2025-2029)

Latu Fainu, Jayden Sullivan (2027)

Lachlan Galvin (2026)

Adam Doueihi (2024), Aidan Sezer (has a mutual option for 2025)

I can't believe people think we will be keeping Doueihi with 5 halves on the books already.
Even if we drop Sezer and Doueihi after 2024 were going to be massively crowded.
This bloke knows his footy, I love the way he’s to polite to spell shite without an e, but is prepared to use the F word in its full glory.

VasectoMyspace
2mo ago
Doueihi can get to [This word has been automatically removed]. Shite half, shite fullback, shite centre, shite bloke, shite defender, shite player, shite haircut. [This word has been automatically removed] off. [This word has been automatically removed] off Doueihi. [This word has been automatically removed] right off.
 
That is the best news I have read in ages.
Sadly it looks like Kristian Woolf has his eyes on Latu. Since he poached Tupou off us, Latu may go that way.

that said, same article:
Wests Tigers’ halves conundrum

Jarome Luai (Joinin 2025-2029)

Latu Fainu, Jayden Sullivan (2027)

Lachlan Galvin (2026)

Adam Doueihi (2024), Aidan Sezer (has a mutual option for 2025)

I can't believe people think we will be keeping Doueihi with 5 halves on the books already.
Even if we drop Sezer and Doueihi after 2024 we’re going to be massively crowded.
Have seen it floated that we could sign AD on a reduced contract. Just doesn’t come down to the money. It’s a waste of a roster spot.
 
That is the best news I have read in ages.
Sadly it looks like Kristian Woolf has his eyes on Latu. Since he poached Tupou off us, Latu may go that way.

that said, same article:
Wests Tigers’ halves conundrum

Jarome Luai (Joinin 2025-2029)

Latu Fainu, Jayden Sullivan (2027)

Lachlan Galvin (2026)

Adam Doueihi (2024), Aidan Sezer (has a mutual option for 2025)

I can't believe people think we will be keeping Doueihi with 5 halves on the books already.
Even if we drop Sezer and Doueihi after 2024 were going to be massively crowded.
I don't think anyone is floating retaining doueihi as a half.
 
Maybe Flanagan. But potentially a great modernistic lock forward. Ball skills, size, thinker, kicker, reader of the play. Instinct. Graham O' Grady mould just bigger.
 
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Have seen it floated that we could sign AD on a reduced contract. Just doesn’t come down to the money. It’s a waste of a roster spot.
You have no idea how he will come back and if that is true.
Speculation only… not fact.
 
You have no idea how he will come back and if that is true.
Speculation only… not fact.
Only thing I can say is at one stage he was being talked about as captain so obviously was well regarded ( albeit by previous regimes and not much else to
choose) but maybe it’s just a loyalty factor to give him a third bat , and see the outcome.
I don’t know if that’s right or wrong ?
 
Only thing I can say is at one stage he was being talked about as captain so obviously was well regarded ( albeit by previous regimes and not much else to
choose) but maybe it’s just a loyalty factor to give him a third bat , and see the outcome.
I don’t know if that’s right or wrong ?
Hey Pascoe got 5-6 tries with the Wests Tigers, I think we gave Madge 4!

Surely we can give AD a third bat. Can't we just offload Galvin, Fainu and maybe Luai incase AD finds form in the halves :)
 

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