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@TheDaBoss said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

According to DT

Doggies r favourites to sign luke Thompson from st helens

He is very good, that would be huge for them.

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@Herb-Gardener said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@ElleryHanley said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Herb-Gardener said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I’ll tell you another thing about Madge. There’s not another coach in the nrl could have got us to within a whisker of playing finals footy.
To those who think we can’t win the gf in 2020, did you also have that opinion in January 2005?

2005 had a golden crop coming through.

A ball playing Origin class FB.

A great, big, winger in Richards.

A top class GK.

One of the best halves pairings of the decade.

If you can see all that being possible in our 2020 backline, then I’d suggest you rush down to the TAB.

LOL, don’t need more fertiliser for the garden Ellery 😂
Well.? Did you think they could do it in 2005?
Gotta admit I honestly thought they were the snowball in hell personified, that is until , I think it was round 15 against the Broncos. Broncos had racked up a decent score but late in the second half the Tigers played like they hadn’t played all season.
I’m just saying it’s far too early to write them off before the first ball is kicked.

2005 we also had a Kangaroo class young 9 coming through. 2020 we have…no 9.

Not being negative, I just hope people’s expectations are realistic and we do not get a dozen ‘sack Madge’ threads a week.

IMO , with a few injuries in the backs, we could finish bottom 2.

But it will not be the fault of the current coach.

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@Herb-Gardener said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I’ll tell you another thing about Madge. There’s not another coach in the nrl could have got us to within a whisker of playing finals footy.
To those who think we can’t win the gf in 2020, did you also have that opinion in January 2005?

2005 had a golden crop coming through.

A ball playing Origin class FB.

A great, big, winger in Richards.

A top class GK.

One of the best halves pairings of the decade.

If you can see all that being possible in our 2020 backline, then I’d suggest you rush down to the TAB.

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@boonboon said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Douehi also is a goal kicker and was one of the better ones coming through

Yes…well above average.

So, he would solve FB issue AND goal kicking issue AND cover for both halves.

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Doueihi is a legit talent. Was just about their best player in the semis.

Can play strongly at 1.
Can be a long term 6.
Has a strong relationship with Madge.
Young with upside.

He ticks a lot of boxes.

If we ‘don’t’ land him, I would be interested in exactly who Pascoe says we are ‘patiently waiting for’.

The market is almost dry now and, mid season releases like DWZ are rarities with class players / normally only come about if a player falls out with a coach.

Douehi and JAC would balance out the team very nicely. We need to get things done.

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@2005magic said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@teddy23 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I’m gonna say a name that may cop some backlash but I honestly think Jack Bird could be a good signing for us, definitely will not be commanding the money he is getting currently and would almost certainly have Brisbane chip in a bit for his final year of his contract and could also maybe insert a club option in the second year depending on his form

He’s still only 24 and maybe a change of scenery and coming back to Sydney could do him good

Would much prefer to have Bird over Doueihi at the club imo

Hasn’t Bird had a lot of injuries? At his best it would be great to get him.

Bird has chronic injuries. No one will go near him as a result. He will be a Josh / Moltzen by late 20s. Play one game, miss three…

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Quote: Myself and Beardigger just had a quick chat with Nick Pappas ,what a gentleman we asked about Dehoui and without saying too much we get the impression both Dehou and Johnston are gone.
He also said Titans were being silly about releasing Arrow

From CCBunny off the Warren.

FWIW

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@WT2K said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

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.

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@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.

Based on what TYGA? Pascoe told the Herald he had ruled Douhei out as a target.

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@ElleryHanley said in Alex Johnston Contract Discussion:

Quote: AJ has a big offer from the Tigers in hand. He has until Friday to accept. Not sure of his intentions or desires, however he would be absolutely crazy not to take it in my opinion.

FWIW

Quote from who…his manager…?

Yes a quote without a source isn’t much help

Mentioned previously from the Bunnies version pf the Pom.

So far he has got everything right…

Like our Pom, he just posts. No grandstanding.