A few things we don’t know:
We don’t know if he was offered to Melbourne or if he wanted to go
Agreed. I get a bit tired of reading: “But, we could have traded Nofo to Melbourne…”, blah, blah.
If it is true that Nofo wants a 4 year deal at at least $500k pa, then there is no way Melbourne would have taken him, especially when you consider they were paying JAC significantly less than that and are probably paying him less this season.
I think it can be taken as read that Nofo to Melbourne was never going to happen. Even if we were happy to trade him, he would never have gone for the money Melbourne would have been prepared to pay him.
The club is aware that moving him from his preferred side of the field impacted his form last year.
I don’t think it just affected Garner. Brooks’ attacking opportunities were diminished as well and I think it affected his form also.
At the back end of 2019 the Brooks no-look pass to Garner, running an outside in line, was the only feather we had to fly with. All teams found it hard to defend. They complemented each other and made each other look good.
Separating them was a big mistake. I hope they are re-united this season.
What would make it more interesting is if they move BJ to the left, so that Brooks has the option of the short ball to Garner or the long ball to BJ. That will create a few headaches in our opponent’s defence.
However I see differently with his body language, never seems ecstatic after a win
Check out the Brooks drop goal to beat the Dogs on the bell. Mbye goes berserk. He was pumped a couple of minutes earlier when he kicked a conversion from the sideline to tie up the game.
He does show emotion, although he may be more self-contained that other guys.
It got me thinking if my sons ever made it in the NRL and happened to play with a different team, who would I support, their team or Tigers?
It’s a dilemma.
It reminds me of an essay I once read written by the great English cricket correspondent Neville Cardus about his boyhood hero, the legendary Australian batsman, Victor Trumper.
As an english boy he desperately wanted England to win every ashes test but, as he idolised Trumper, he wanted him to play a major innings every time he batted.
It was a predicament that he solved by praying at his bedside before each test match: “Please God, let Victor Trumper score a century against England tomorrow…out of an Australian all-out total of 124”.
Perhaps you could take a leaf out of Cardus’ book and pray that your son scores three tries against the Tigers, but that his team is soundly beaten.
I’d be getting on the front foot and offering Xavier Coates 450K for 2022.
Was that Xavier Coates playing on the right wing against at Leichhardt ? The one who, when the Broncos had a line drop out, ran infield, tackled nobody and left Luciano with a unopposed run down the sideline to score in the corner ? It was one of the worst pieces of football I saw all season.
If Nofo did that this place would have gone into meltdown. And you want to offer him $450k.