Moneyball: Wests Tigers real winners in NRL’s best buys for season 2018



  • Moneyball: Wests Tigers real winners in NRL’s best buys for season 2018

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    Nathan Ryan
    April 6, 2018 6:00am
    NATHAN RYAN@nath_ryan
    Source: FOX SPORTS



    YOU could make a case for most of the big buys this season but the reality of the NRL is it’s a results driven business.

    It’s also one where juggling the salary cap is key.

    So when making a call on the best buys for the year, you not only need to take into account the impact they’ve had on the team but how much they’re costing the club.

    We all love a bargain. NRL clubs are no different.

    Last year Nathan Brown was easily the buy of the season. His work rate and influence on the team, coupled with his low salary made him a steal for Parramatta.

    In 2018 there’s a host of players who meet that exact criteria.

    Who would’ve thought a contract worth around $650,000 a season would be the buy of the year?

    But that’s the reality for the Warriors.

    So consistent and a confidence builder for his team, his name is being thrown around as a candidate to make his NSW Origin debut at the age of 31.

    While Green is a standout, he’s not alone.

    You can make that same argument for $850,000 playmaker James Maloney.

    His move to Penrith has been nothing short of spectacular.

    While most teams will have at least one bargain buy, it’s the Wests Tigers’ recruitment team responsible for the greatest number of value-for-money pick-ups.

    The turnover of their roster has been nothing short of dramatic.

    The loss of talent is remarkable yet the ability to plug the holes has been an early season highlight.

    While most teams are running around with a fullback worth $700,000 plus a season, Ivan Cleary has put his faith in a minimum wage toiler.

    But who needs a million-dollar man when the bloke on $95,000 is doing such a stand-up job?

    Whether it’s on the wing or at fullback, Corey Thompson has been rock solid.

    He’s an early contender for buy of the season.

    No one anticipated David Nofoaluma staring the year in reserve grade but Thompson’s hard work was rewarded and Cleary’s decision justified.

    He clinched the match winner for his team in round one and doesn’t shirk his work.

    Or how about Pita Godinet?

    Who, you ask? The bloke wearing the No.9. He pushed Matt McIlwrick out of the starting side and onto the bench.

    A 30-year-old journeyman, Godinet started his career with the Warriors in 2011 but had his most success with Wakefield in the Super League.

    By all rights, his first grade career should’ve been finished.

    He didn’t accept that. To the credit of the coaching staff, they didn’t come into the pre-season with a preconceived idea of how the first grade team should look.

    Perhaps the greatest buy for the Tigers is Benji Marshall.

    It’s hard to look past him.

    Not only has he evolved as a player but he’s costing them peanuts.

    The veteran is earning around $200,000 this season and shown he’s worth every cent.

    Yes, the flashy glimpses are still there, so too the magical step. But he’s demonstrating a composure we’ve never seen before.

    The verdict?

    Green and Maloney have been great buys but when you take into account the wage and influence they have on their team, Marshall’s our man.



  • Hard to argue, if Benji’s on 200k we’ve got our money’s worth and then some.



  • To be perfectly honest, I was very sceptical about him coming back. Window dressing.
    I apologise profusely for undervaluing him and I have him (in our poll) as our best purchase. If his contract is only $200,000, he is truly a Wests Tigers legend.



  • I don’t reckon Rochow would be on a big salary but he’s put in enough big performances to be considered one of the buys of the year.

    And soon, Grub Reynolds gets a chance to justify his comparatively healthy salary.



  • @:

    I don’t reckon Rochow would be on a big salary but he’s put in enough big performances to be considered one of the buys of the year.

    And soon, Grub Reynolds gets a chance to justify his comparatively healthy salary.

    Actually Im looking forward to Reynolds return,the team has been great so far,just maybe JR can help make them even greater….time will tell…Benji has been absolutely fantastic on his return to the club,JR has some big plays to make to be better than Benj atm…



  • Yep I have to admit I was skeptical at the purchases but they’ve proved invaluable- a totally transformed team walking out there now, compared to 2017



  • Very early days, let’s see what the scribes are talking about after round 15. Don’t get me wrong 2018 so far has been a revelation but I want to see how we handle the grind


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