Signing Suggestions & Rumours

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The Sydney Morning Herald

By Christian Nicolussi
January 15, 2020 — 7.06pm
Adam Doueihi is weighing up his immediate future after South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett told him he is free to chase a starting fullback position elsewhere after making it clear Latrell Mitchell will get first crack at the club’s No.1 jersey.

Bennett admires Doueihi and is happy for him to see out the remaining two years of his deal, but also informed him on Wednesday he would not block any early release from Redfern.

Only two days earlier Bennett said he faced some “hard decisions” about how to squeeze the likes of Doueuhi into a back line that now features Mitchell, Campbell Graham, Braidon Burns, Dane Gagai and James Roberts.

Doueihi was given his NRL debut by Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire and is a Balmain junior. The Tigers also need a starting fullback and have well north of $600,000 still in their salary cap for this season, but have so far baulked at Doueihi’s price tag, given his current deal is heavily back-ended.

The Herald understands Doueihi stands to collect about $500,000 this year and even more in 2021. Souths do not have to move on any players to be salary cap compliant and it remains to be seen if they will pick up any of Doueihi’s tab should he leave.

Adam Doueihi could be the man to make way after Latrell Mitchell’s arrival at South Sydney.
Adam Doueihi could be the man to make way after Latrell Mitchell’s arrival at South Sydney.

Photo: AAP
Tigers boss Justin Pascoe told the Herald on Tuesday: “Having cap space at this time of year allows us the opportunity to be strategic and leverage off other clubs who might have challenges with their ca space.”

Bennett took one look at Mitchell train on Tuesday and was clearly convinced his star recruit would more than make the successful transition to fullback in just eight weeks.

Doueihi was initially told by Bennett he would be playing five-eighth, only for Cody Walker to sign a two-year extension in December. He was then informed by the supercoach he would be the starting fullback, only for Souths to the sign Mitchell.

“Some of the boys here have played some great football for us, but the end result is we couldn’t walk past the opportunity to take Latrell,” Bennett said on Monday. “This club is about success. We want to have the best team we possibly can here and we believe he [Mitchell] is going to add to what we already have.”

New recruit Latrell Mitchell shakes hands with Souths coach Wayne Bennett on Monday.
New recruit Latrell Mitchell shakes hands with Souths coach Wayne Bennett on Monday.

Doueihi’s best hope is securing a utility role off the bench, which he could easily do given his ability to play anywhere in the back line. A tall playmaker who impressed at fullback towards the end of last season, Doueihi would even start a few games during the Origin period with Dane Gagai a Queensland regular and Cody Walker and Mitchell a chance to earn a NSW Blues recall.

Such is the depth in the outside backs at Souths that it was easy to forget Bryson Goodwin had also returned to the club on a one-year deal.

Before he made his NRL debut under Maguire at Souths in 2018, Doueihi spoke glowingly about the coach and said: “Madge was pretty keen on me and he was probably the main reason why I did come here.”

The Tigers have three spots to fill on their roster, including two before the start of the season. They remain hopeful Parramatta will release teen prop Stefano Utoikamanu, who they have already signed from 2021.

Souths continue to hold out hope they can land their own front-rower, Jai Arrow, a year early from the Gold Coast. Should they land Arrow, the foundation club will be among the favourits to take the NRL title.

The Titans are open to granting Arrow an early release, but only if it is worth their while.

Thanks for posting that, hopefully we get him.

How the hell is he on 500 000 though!!!

Souths can chip in some if he comes to us.

500k for Doueihi is nuts. That is really poor cap management and they get Latrell and Arrow ? For that amount of money he is better at Souths.

If Souths pick up some and he is projected at 1 or 6 then it’s not as bad. Bringing him here as a utility when tigers already have mbye makes no sense. If Souths pick up 350-400k of the 2 years Then he is worth it at 1 or 6

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@Tiger_Steve said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Russell said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tigerstar said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

How about we take Douhie on full wage if south’s give us Gagai for Packer in a straight swap

Nobody wants Gagai except Queensland - a club plodder.

Tigers want Packer though.

Righto, I’m gonna put it out there:

Packer to have a huge year for Tigers, leading a young pack with aggression and intimidation.

Yep paving the way for our halves to create space and overlaps for a backline that’s continually gets run down by the oppositions’ backrowers 10 metres out from the line.

Meanwhile over at Redfern, there’s a bunch of speedy backs filing their nails and catching colds, whilst waiting for their forward pack to make a dent in the opposition’s defensive line so they can actually get the ball in their hands.

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@tigerballs said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

News is AJ wants to see out his contract with Souths and is determined to stay put. Let’s see how that works out for him. On the other hand Marwene Hiroti is very keen. He’s on a train and trial with the Sharks but his preference is the Tigers, most likely more opportunities.

Wheee did you see that?

A source at Souths

That’s a shame and surprising. With us has the chance to play fullback and get good money. There’s a chance with Souths he doesn’t make first grade. Weird.

He might stick it out til June. But when he’s In reggies behind

Mitchell
Graham
Burns
Roberts
Gagai

He probably changes his mind.

So will Thompson be fullback come round 1?

If tigers are SERIOUSLY after a fullback and a fullback only (Not utility) but want to save money for a NAME winger or centre then they really should go after edwards or aetkins only. Both off contract 2020 both gunning for the same spot in the same team. They rate VERY highly on the VFM ranks

Catching is not one of Edwards’ strengths. Pace is also not a strength.

He does look like Tintin though.

@gallagher said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@balmain-boy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

If you can sign Douehi or addo carr in the same money you sign Josh every day of the week. Why on earth would souths have paid such massive overs for an unproven kid when they still had a talented squad?

It’s funny how much clubs say a player is on when they are about to release him.

Roosters playbook 101.

Jayden Nikorima was easily on $950K, hence why Cronk slotted right in.

@Spud_Murphy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tiger_Steve said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Russell said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tigerstar said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

How about we take Douhie on full wage if south’s give us Gagai for Packer in a straight swap

Nobody wants Gagai except Queensland - a club plodder.

Tigers want Packer though.

Righto, I’m gonna put it out there:

Packer to have a huge year for Tigers, leading a young pack with aggression and intimidation.

Yep paving the way for our halves to create space and overlaps for a backline that’s continually gets run down by the oppositions’ backrowers 10 metres out from the line.

Meanwhile over at Redfern, there’s a bunch of speedy backs filing their nails and catching colds, whilst waiting for their forward pack to make a dent in the opposition’s defensive line so they can actually get the ball in their hands.

JAC mate. Within 48 hours I’m led to believe

@Tiger_Steve said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Spud_Murphy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tiger_Steve said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Russell said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tigerstar said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

How about we take Douhie on full wage if south’s give us Gagai for Packer in a straight swap

Nobody wants Gagai except Queensland - a club plodder.

Tigers want Packer though.

Righto, I’m gonna put it out there:

Packer to have a huge year for Tigers, leading a young pack with aggression and intimidation.

Yep paving the way for our halves to create space and overlaps for a backline that’s continually gets run down by the oppositions’ backrowers 10 metres out from the line.

Meanwhile over at Redfern, there’s a bunch of speedy backs filing their nails and catching colds, whilst waiting for their forward pack to make a dent in the opposition’s defensive line so they can actually get the ball in their hands.

JAC mate. Within 48 hours I’m led to believe

Lol you seriously believe that Steve?

@Spud_Murphy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tiger_Steve said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Spud_Murphy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tiger_Steve said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Russell said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tigerstar said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

How about we take Douhie on full wage if south’s give us Gagai for Packer in a straight swap

Nobody wants Gagai except Queensland - a club plodder.

Tigers want Packer though.

Righto, I’m gonna put it out there:

Packer to have a huge year for Tigers, leading a young pack with aggression and intimidation.

Yep paving the way for our halves to create space and overlaps for a backline that’s continually gets run down by the oppositions’ backrowers 10 metres out from the line.

Meanwhile over at Redfern, there’s a bunch of speedy backs filing their nails and catching colds, whilst waiting for their forward pack to make a dent in the opposition’s defensive line so they can actually get the ball in their hands.

JAC mate. Within 48 hours I’m led to believe

Lol you seriously believe that Steve?

No!🥴

@tiger05premier said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@TYGA said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Stefano Utoikamanu. Adam Douhei will be the next two signed. We will have one spot left for a pre June 30 move. I would assume some final year players may be moved on before June 30 ET, Eisenhuth, Jennings, McQueen. Our roster management has been good Douhei will be a good 6 when Benji retires.

You seem pretty confident and have had reliable news in the past

So are you confident in your source?

Yes. But they are outside Tigers control. Rabbits (100k chip in) Eels (Stefano) have to play ball. It would likely also take Storm (Tino), Titans (Arrow) releasing players. I’m told we are out on JAC also or more specifically he’s not considering us.

If we are in the running for JAC, let’s not make it easy for Souths to clear some space by signing doueihi first. Sign JAC then doueihi

@TYGA said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tiger05premier said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@TYGA said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Stefano Utoikamanu. Adam Douhei will be the next two signed. We will have one spot left for a pre June 30 move. I would assume some final year players may be moved on before June 30 ET, Eisenhuth, Jennings, McQueen. Our roster management has been good Douhei will be a good 6 when Benji retires.

You seem pretty confident and have had reliable news in the past

So are you confident in your source?

Yes. But they are outside Tigers control. Rabbits (100k chip in) Eels (Stefano) have to play ball. It would likely also take Storm (Tino), Titans (Arrow) releasing players. I’m told we are out on JAC also or more specifically he’s not considering us.

So if true, where is the pace coming from in the backline? Both our existing wingers are far too slow. Is the Club making efforts to free up spots in the top 30 to promote our young backs? Solutions need to be found now and not wait to hope another club can’t fit a player in.

Big Sports Breakfast saying The Fox to Roosters.
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@tiga4eva said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Big Sports Breakfast saying The Fox to Roosters.
Standard

Wouldn’t surprise me. They usually get who they want without much effort.

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@Glenn5150 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@wokesmoke said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@avocadoontoast said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tigerballs said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@avocadoontoast said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tigerballs said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

News is AJ wants to see out his contract with Souths and is determined to stay put. Let’s see how that works out for him. On the other hand Marwene Hiroti is very keen. He’s on a train and trial with the Sharks but his preference is the Tigers, most likely more opportunities.

Wheee did you see that?

A source at Souths

That’s a shame and surprising. With us has the chance to play fullback and get good money. There’s a chance with Souths he doesn’t make first grade. Weird.

He might stick it out til June. But when he’s In reggies behind

Mitchell
Graham
Burns
Roberts
Gagai

He probably changes his mind.

And hopefully by then we have moved on totally.

Phillip Sami would of been a good pick up. Titans did well to get him signed up.

If tigers want a “name” for the back line then JAC is the name but really his price v others probably not worth it if you can nab cotric for example. Okunbor ratings will probably go through the roof this coming season as wel.

Would like Cotric but he is a Canberra junior and I cant see him leaving. JAC I see as having higher value to us than other clubs, as the prodigal son and also as that source of speed to finish things.

As always, this place is binary…AJ would be great/rubbish, Sami would be good.

Never binary. AJ would be better than Sami, but not at the $$ he will cost.

Being a junior these days doesn’t carry as much importance as it once did its all about salary cap these days and who you have to fit under it $$$ & TPA’s rule.Looking at Canberra they have a lot of good quality players who will expect extra when resigning so go big or stay out Cotric would be an excellent pick up for the
WT’s.

JAC to Rossters makes some sense. They have lost Cronk and Mitchell and replaced with nsw cup players so would have money available. Also already have Morris, Tupou, Hall to swap from a wing point of view

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