Signings, Suggestions & Rumours Discussion

You seem to realise that 400k is MASSIVE money, much more than average. Any player on that much should be starting every week.
The 2024 salary cap is $11,250,000, meaning that the mean salary for everyone in the Top 30 is $375k.

So it's a smidgen over average. Not 'massive' by any means.

That being said, Taupau is not only a terrible signing, it's a terrible suggestion.
 
I agree with most of your comments. But I don’t believe we infringe in the ruck enough. It’s just we get penalised more due to our low position in the comp, it’s just as Todd Payton quoted the bottom of the comp gets treated differently by the refs!
If u watch say a Melbourne side they just go it smarter. They start infringing from the start and consistently at the ruck so it becomes the norm in the pea brained refs mind. We on the other hand do it infrequently which the pea brains notice more often. It’s all a bluff game that the good teams play in the ref to good effect.

Storm practice the crap out of line speed, getting 2-3 bodies each contact and holding down appearing they are being held/tackled. Even hands on ball - they intentionally practice instead of the hand on ball placement of the bicep to wrist on the ball. This slows things down whilst also forces drop balls because of the arm pressure appearing as a tackle not rake motion. It’s all about perception into the ref judgement.
They watch not just their games but all games and have very detailed ref profiles (including line & bunker). Very very smart behind the scenes.
 
The 2024 salary cap is $11,250,000, meaning that the mean salary for everyone in the Top 30 is $375k.

So it's a smidgen over average. Not 'massive' by any means.

That being said, Taupau is not only a terrible signing, it's a terrible suggestion.
This point has been made so many times on this forum but people still insist on criticising wages in the context of a salary cap from 10 years ago, it has nearly doubled since then. The best way to look at wages is as a % of the cap. People are blown away by million dollar contracts, which were about the equivalent of 600k 10 years ago, 850k 5 years ago. They will become more of the norm for teams over the coming years

Yes, Tapau would be a Matt Ballin bad signing
 
Storm practice the crap out of line speed, getting 2-3 bodies each contact and holding down appearing they are being held/tackled. Even hands on ball - they intentionally practice instead of the hand on ball placement of the bicep to wrist on the ball. This slows things down whilst also forces drop balls because of the arm pressure appearing as a tackle not rake motion. It’s all about perception into the ref judgement.
They watch not just their games but all games and have very detailed ref profiles (including line & bunker). Very very smart behind the scenes.
100% and this is where we need to improve to control the ruck. I also don’t think it helps ti have api as the captain, he is too tired from all his defence. We need a half as a captain to have better dialogue with the ref, hopefully Luai will be the captain next season.
 
I've mentioned it before....but Jeral Skelton is the type of player we should be going after. Stuck behind a few at Dogs when everyone is fit. Off contract at the end of the year. Metre eater. Powerful, yet still has some speed and x-factor. Would definitely be an improvement on our backline each week.
 
I've mentioned it before....but Jeral Skelton is the type of player we should be going after. Stuck behind a few at Dogs when everyone is fit. Off contract at the end of the year. Metre eater. Powerful, yet still has some speed and x-factor. Would definitely be an improvement on our backline each week.
I’ll take him and Grant Atkinson from the Storm as well. Instant upgrades to starting our sets. Neither would cost a bomb.
 
I've been saying it for a while but we should be chasing Sitili Tupouniua. That chase he just did on a winger was outstanding for a forward in the rain. He's played well this game. Think his best his ahead of him, after a few injury-riddled and inconsistent years
 
I've mentioned it before....but Jeral Skelton is the type of player we should be going after. Stuck behind a few at Dogs when everyone is fit. Off contract at the end of the year. Metre eater. Powerful, yet still has some speed and x-factor. Would definitely be an improvement on our backline each week.

Looks alright but he's 25 not that, that is old but the fact he's 25 and hasn't played very much top grade stuff at what was a poor dogs team up until this year. Is he just a KOE cup hero or can he comfortably play NRL week in week out, deffo has the size we are lacking on the flanks though.
 
Looks alright but he's 25 not that, that is old but the fact he's 25 and hasn't played very much top grade stuff at what was a poor dogs team up until this year. Is he just a KOE cup hero or can he comfortably play NRL week in week out, deffo has the size we are lacking on the flanks though.

I think he is a Rugby convert, so maybe that's why it's taken a while to play NRL
 
You are spot on, big props with big engines.
Miller worries me that he will never lose that baby fat as it hasn't changed for the last 2 years.
He said in the pre-season he wanted to shed 10kg. Well it didn't work. May become too hard?
We need to plan that it wont eventuate and if it does, it's a bonus!
The weights and heights of players are done at the start of the season so probably back when he was that weight
 
Looks alright but he's 25 not that, that is old but the fact he's 25 and hasn't played very much top grade stuff at what was a poor dogs team up until this year. Is he just a KOE cup hero or can he comfortably play NRL week in week out, deffo has the size we are lacking on the flanks though.
Yeah he is a rugby convert which explains the age and not much NRL game time. Been killing it in cup for a while now. Wish we had have gone for him instead of Reilly and Alaimalo as our attempted rugby convert.
 
You are spot on, big props with big engines.
Miller worries me that he will never lose that baby fat as it hasn't changed for the last 2 years.
He said in the pre-season he wanted to shed 10kg. Well it didn't work. May become too hard?
We need to plan that it wont eventuate and if it does, it's a bonus!
Miller is barely an adult so I’d say give him time it’s not just weight that matters. There is a difference between match fitness and general fitness. I mean look at Blake Lawrie, with all due respect to the big fella… he’s a big fella but he has match experience and fitness. Miller has one game of first grade and a need for dropping weight or a major change of physique was never required or needed 2 years ago. Guess we will have to wait and see.
 
Miller is barely an adult so I’d say give him time it’s not just weight that matters. There is a difference between match fitness and general fitness. I mean look at Blake Lawrie, with all due respect to the big fella… he’s a big fella but he has match experience and fitness. Miller has one game of first grade and a need for dropping weight or a major change of physique was never required or needed 2 years ago. Guess we will have to wait and see.

That's right. Glen Lazarus could play 80 minutes and you wouldn't say he had a fit looking body. Andrew Fafita, Junior Paolo other players of the modern game to have great carriers despite looking fat.
 
That's right. Glen Lazarus could play 80 minutes and you wouldn't say he had a fit looking body. Andrew Fafita, Junior Paolo other players of the modern game to have great carriers despite looking fat.
Please, you can't really be comparing the body types of the brick with ears and the fat kid.
Miller's a human pear.
 
And comparing Junior Paolo's body type to Miller?
That'd be the funniest Specsavers ad. yet.
Funnier than the guy spiking a seagull thinking it's a volleyball.
 

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