All the best players that have ever played the game have all been smaller blokes. If they are tough enough, they are big enough. Like most young footballers Jake needs to toughen up a little before being seriously considered as a regular first grader, but on natural ability I think he`s a definate future first grader.
He isn’t that small…here’s how he compares to other NRL fullbacks
Height : 175 cm
Weight : 77 kg
Height : 165cm
Weight : 73kg
Height : 175cm
Weight : 76kg
Height : 175cm
Weight : 79kg
Height : 171cm
Weight : 69kg
He is a very talented footballer. Being of such a young age, its hard to picture where his body development will go. Since thier inception, the Wests Tigers have struggled to fill the Halfback and Fullback roles with exception to a few.
I think Jake will end up as a Halfback just like Josh McCrone at the Raiders…
His best bet to be a success is to play this year in the 20s, then next year in the state cup and maybe even another year. Unfortunately I don’t think he’ll be patient enough too, another team will cone along promising hima first grade spot and probably double what we can give him.
I hope he doesn’t go for something like that because IMO waiting another year for the chance to play first grade with benji and Robbie would end up being well and truley worth it in the long run
Well I see a fullback spot that has yet to be filled on a full time basis…to me he has a boys body and not yet matured in that area…this is important as footy is a different game now than when Hogo started much bigger and stronger men. If the boy wants to put his apprentiship in I see no reason that next year with body development and gym work why he can’t press for the job and he can kick …this year no just wait a little longer.
Pointless speculation for mine!
Dealing with our starting team creates enough problems in this forum and in reality.
Let the youngsters go, their bodies and their skills need further development. Unless they are listed as FREAKs!
But to answer the question proposed in one word……NO!
I love Mullaney, and I can definetly see him playing first grade.
I’d be surprised if it was this year, I think a promotion to State Cup at this stage of his career would be a better option.
I saw those stats of fullbacks, but just when you look at him, I don’t know. He just seems so much smaller than your average fullback.
I think the one decisive thing to get him into FG is goalkicking. He’s a point scoring freak, he can kick them from anywhere.