WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019



  • Well if anything is gonna happen it will be in the next 48 hrs, literally.



  • Moving forward I’m fairly confident we are not that far off a really good squad. For all the angst and outrage (me included), we are currently 8th.
    If we could fill the ??? With quality players, the rest of the top 17 as I’ve indicated below, I think, would more than do their job.
    I’ll add that Reynolds is a short term option therefore a back up 5/8 is also needed.

    Thompson
    Nofoaluma
    Mbye
    Marsters
    ???
    Reynolds
    Brooks
    Twal
    Liddle
    ???
    Matterson
    Lawrence
    ???

    Mikaele
    Cheekam
    Aloiai
    ???



  • @Tiger_Steve Do you think we could add some pace in Bradley and Smith to the wings and save some money?



  • @pawsandclaws1 said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019:

    @Tiger_Steve Do you think we could add some pace in Bradley and Smith to the wings and save some money?

    Yeah I was thinking the backline was still a bit slow so - yes I think so. I’m happy with our centres but if a speedster who can tackle was available…



  • @pawsandclaws1 said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019:

    @Tiger_Steve Do you think we could add some pace in Bradley and Smith to the wings and save some money?

    I’d bring them on one at a time. Once one nails a spot the other can have a crack. Then if they both show the goods we might be in a position to move on Nofo or Jennings.



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  • @Tiger_Steve said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019:

    Moving forward I’m fairly confident we are not that far off a really good squad. For all the angst and outrage (me included), we are currently 8th.
    If we could fill the ??? With quality players, the rest of the top 17 as I’ve indicated below, I think, would more than do their job.
    I’ll add that Reynolds is a short term option therefore a back up 5/8 is also needed.

    Thompson
    Nofoaluma
    Mbye
    Marsters
    ???
    Reynolds
    Brooks
    Twal
    Liddle
    ???
    Matterson
    Lawrence
    ???

    Mikaele
    Cheekam
    Aloiai
    ???

    Im the same. I really dont think we are far off.

    If i was recruiting id be looking for a quality fullback, a hard nosed prop, an organising half back and perhaps a class centre.

    This is who i have locked in. I love Mybe in the centres. Thompson back to the wing. Brooks to his real position and Marsters to progress to the back row.

    2.Thompson
    3.
    4.Mybe
    5.Bradley
    6. Brooks
    7.
    13.
    12.Matterson
    11. Lawrence
    10.Twal
    9. Liddle
    8. Matulino

    1. Marsters
    2. Mikale
    3. Aloiai
    4. Chee Kam


  • @Tiger_Steve said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019:

    Moving forward I’m fairly confident we are not that far off a really good squad. For all the angst and outrage (me included), we are currently 8th.
    If we could fill the ??? With quality players, the rest of the top 17 as I’ve indicated below, I think, would more than do their job.
    I’ll add that Reynolds is a short term option therefore a back up 5/8 is also needed.

    Thompson
    Nofoaluma
    Mbye
    Marsters
    ???
    Reynolds
    Brooks
    Twal
    Liddle
    ???
    Matterson
    Lawrence
    ???

    Mikaele
    Cheekam
    Aloiai
    ???

    Consolidating what I’ve said in a few other posts I would say Welch as the prop, Ese’ese for lock and Cust as the backup 5/8. If we could move Packer, ET and McQueen on that should give us the cap space to make those signings, although the odds of us landing 3 targets out of 3 would be very slim…Promote backs from within to fill the wing.

    I think we’d have a good and versatile pack with:
    8. Welch
    10. Ese’ese
    11. Lawrence
    12. Matterson
    13. Twal
    14. Matulino
    15. Mikaele
    16. Aloiai
    17. MCK

    Lots of impact up the middle with Mikaele, Aloiai, Ese’ese and Welch and that would suit our small, speedy support players like Thompson, Brooks, Liddle and Mbye. It’s a type of pack and a style of play that Maguire has had success with in the past.



  • @The_Patriot said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019:

    @Tiger_Steve said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019:

    Moving forward I’m fairly confident we are not that far off a really good squad. For all the angst and outrage (me included), we are currently 8th.
    If we could fill the ??? With quality players, the rest of the top 17 as I’ve indicated below, I think, would more than do their job.
    I’ll add that Reynolds is a short term option therefore a back up 5/8 is also needed.

    Thompson
    Nofoaluma
    Mbye
    Marsters
    ???
    Reynolds
    Brooks
    Twal
    Liddle
    ???
    Matterson
    Lawrence
    ???

    Mikaele
    Cheekam
    Aloiai
    ???

    Im the same. I really dont think we are far off.

    If i was recruiting id be looking for a quality fullback, a hard nosed prop, an organising half back and perhaps a class centre.

    This is who i have locked in. I love Mybe in the centres. Thompson back to the wing. Brooks to his real position and Marsters to progress to the back row.

    2.Thompson
    3.
    4.Mybe
    5.Bradley
    6. Brooks
    7.
    13.
    12.Matterson
    11. Lawrence
    10.Twal
    9. Liddle
    8. Matulino

    1. Marsters
    2. Mikale
    3. Aloiai
    4. Chee Kam

    I just watched last night thinking these guys are ok. We just lack some penetration. Everything else is there. Of course being able to say that each week remains a problem.
    I’m a Brooks fan but I’m starting to become a believer that he is a 6 - or a 9 maybe???



  • @Tiger_Steve said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019:

    @The_Patriot said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019:

    @Tiger_Steve said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2019:

    Moving forward I’m fairly confident we are not that far off a really good squad. For all the angst and outrage (me included), we are currently 8th.
    If we could fill the ??? With quality players, the rest of the top 17 as I’ve indicated below, I think, would more than do their job.
    I’ll add that Reynolds is a short term option therefore a back up 5/8 is also needed.

    Thompson
    Nofoaluma
    Mbye
    Marsters
    ???
    Reynolds
    Brooks
    Twal
    Liddle
    ???
    Matterson
    Lawrence
    ???

    Mikaele
    Cheekam
    Aloiai
    ???

    Im the same. I really dont think we are far off.

    If i was recruiting id be looking for a quality fullback, a hard nosed prop, an organising half back and perhaps a class centre.

    This is who i have locked in. I love Mybe in the centres. Thompson back to the wing. Brooks to his real position and Marsters to progress to the back row.

    2.Thompson
    3.
    4.Mybe
    5.Bradley
    6. Brooks
    7.
    13.
    12.Matterson
    11. Lawrence
    10.Twal
    9. Liddle
    8. Matulino

    1. Marsters
    2. Mikale
    3. Aloiai
    4. Chee Kam

    I just watched last night thinking these guys are ok. We just lack some penetration. Everything else is there. Of course being able to say that each week remains a problem.
    I’m a Brooks fan but I’m starting to become a believer that he is a 6 - or a 9 maybe???

    His defence is very good these days, but an organising half he is not.

    We need a good halfback (Scott Prince, where are you?), a couple of centres ( Marsters has lost it), and a prop or two. Thompson is playing ok, but can we get Teddy back please.

    There may be some players in England who could help. There is absolutely nothing coming through our lower grades.



  • @colinbh
    From our top thirty the following are unsigned for next year
    ROBBIE
    BENJI
    CHRIS LAWRENCE
    LIDDLE
    ROCHOW
    We need quality backs the following are off contract this year according to Zero Tackle
    Coret Oates
    Kurt Capewell
    Brad Parker
    Dylan Walker (not sure if he & Madge get on)
    Mawene Hiroti Bunnies (Aust Schoolboy)
    Do we look to move on
    REYNOLDS
    PACKER
    MATOLINO
    or suck it ip for another 12 mths
    THOUGHTS



  • Would love it if we branchrx out into union and super league to find players



  • @Elderslie_Tiger mate we have been looking to move on all those guys but they aren’t worth near their contract amounts. We are stuck with these plodders for the next two seasons. They would already be gone otherwise - have been on the market for weeks!



  • G’day @Roar_Power: if what you say is what actually happens, all I can say is ‘what a depressing thought’, but I bloody hope you’re wrong, cheers mate ☺



  • Well guys correct me if I’m wrong but I thought this tread was a red flag when someone actually joined our roster. Now it seems all of the sudden it’s becoming another chit chat about wish lists and never never signings. We have a thread for that!


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