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@pawsandclaws1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I know he has a huge long distance kicking game

I wonder how this attribute will effect the threat value of having someone at the back, that is capable of occasionally nailing 20/40 kicks under the new rule.

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Haven’t heard of that movie and I like many film genres, including one’s with war settings. Whilst I enjoy the plot and visual aspects, over the years my favourite part of movies has moved more and more into the audio aspect. The best part is that the Xbox console we got for our son’s gaming, also acts as a reasonable 4K player and streaming box, plus Atmos sound transport.

The surround sound effects improved a lot over the years to have been very good for the past decade or so, with the new immersive height codecs taking it to another level. They are to the point now, that a realistic cinema like experience can be enjoyed at home, with as little as 7 speakers and a couple of subwoofers.

Funny thing, is now that it has reached to such a high level, more and more people are now buying soundbars, which even if many thousands are spent on them to buy the best, they are still poor at transporting the tremendous array of available sound.

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@avocadoontoast said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@teddy23 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Understand where you’re coming from, however do we really wanna continue paying on potential or should we look to buy polished players who have proven they can perform consistently week in week out
Doueihi showed some promise for a few weeks, so now we offer him 500k?
Would prefer to wait for a specialist fullback to become available, we need to be patient in terms of spending this money just like the bulldogs seem to be doing
Also, you’re acting like there’s no downside when there really is it’s not like they’re coming on a 1 year deal, they will wanna come for about 3 years and we’re stuck with them if they don’t perform

We’ve tried buying polished players but haven’t been successful in landing anyone. That comes later. For now we have to do the best we can with what money we have.

The salary cap in 2020 is $9.5m. That means that Doueihi, our starting fullback and future 5/8 when Benji retires, is taking up only 5% of the cap. I think his price tag reflects the fact that he only played 10 or so games last year. If he had played the whole season, his price tag might be significantly higher.

Also, let’s remember we have offered Stefano near $300k per season and he’s a forward who has NEVER played an NRL game. $500k for a 21 year old spine player is not a lot to spend. We need to stop thinking about value for money all the time and focus purely on quality and talent. It’s the only way we are ever going to have on field success.

Can see both sides and still uncertain, so squarely on the fence.

Does anybody here know how many Top 30 positions the bunnies have filled?

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@avocadoontoast said in Josh Addo Carr Contract Discussion:

@bptiger said in Josh Addo Carr Contract Discussion:

I think a lot of people on this forum are going of half cocked about us having a dominant forward pack, I think we need to see how the go after 6-8 weeks before we start crowing.

Our forwards are probably where we’re strongest. We’re not the strongest pack in the comp but we’re a long way from the worst.

It is pretty obvious and that is why we have a busy 1 - 5 concerns thread and nothing particular for our pack.

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@tiger05premier said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@twentyforty said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

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@twentyforty said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tiger05premier said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@twentyforty said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

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@gallagher said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tcat said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@gallagher said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

So much for us being the preferred destination for JAC.

Did anyone really know that for a fact or was it just a guess because he was a club junior?

A mod said he knew it as a fact.

Willow said it

Apparently the Dogs have offered him a Motza. You can’t hold Willow to that unfortunate change in circumstances.

I’d rather see him at rorters than dog’s

And no I’m not holding willow to anything

Respect him very much

You can only post what you hear and he doesn’t come on here to stir things up

I was just stating that he reported WT as JAC preferred destination so there probably is still some hope

Hey, no problem. I realise that 99% of posts here are opinion. I think what’s going wrong for us is that players have this perception we are desperate and as such are only prepared to move for a significant pay rise. I think we reinforced that view with our handling of the Mitchell negotiations.
More recently Pascoe has affirmed that’s the case by trying to turn it around by giving the media “we won’t pay overs”. IMO

It will take time but Madge will fix this place

I think we will all be surprised as the year progresses at how well we are improving

I just hope it equates to wins and not lots of close losses

What do you see as Madge’s immediate areas of concern? What would you like fixed?

I think our forwards hold up quite well in most games

We just struggle to put points when our forwards lay the foundation that should lead to points

That costs us massively

I think with Madge as coach and our young forwards with another off season under him and Musgrove and LL joining us we will go much better this year which is the opposite to most posters on here who think we will go backwards

I think we could use maybe one more big name forward but wouldn’t just take anyone as they would need to be a big step up on what we have or not worth worrying about

As most can see on here I think we really need some strike out wide to finish off our forwards hard work

I don’t think the forwards get the rewards from our backline they deserve

I think if we had the player’s out wide to put the points on the board they would go to another level as they would be getting rewarded for their hardwork

We have players like Garner who do so well running of Brooks

Imagine LM outside him and than Brooks has the choice of Garner (who does well without an explosive back outside him) and LM to pass it to

It would have defences on the back foot

And Benji

It’s probably his last year

He still creates so much space and so many options for support plays but he I s going to play his last year with no one explosive running off him

So explosive outside backs who can points on the board, who can win the race to grubbers in goal, who can have defences in 2 minds, who can score length of field tries

Douhei would be good as we don’t really have a fullback although he isn’t explosive he is better than what we have and would be a ball playing fullback which would create oppotunitities

Xerri would be amazing but isn’t going to happen

So that pretty much leaves AJ and JAC

Both explosive pace who can score length of field tries and win the race to a ball but won’t create oppotunitities or be the fullback or centre running outside Garner when he is running Brooks

Strongly agree with virtually all of this post.

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@Spud_Murphy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Goanna57 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Curly_Tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Curly_Tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I keep a spreadsheet which is an educated guess, and it did have us with $1.7m spare with 25 signed when the whole Latrell thing first picked up pace

Since then we picked up Leilua ($400k) and Musgrove ($200k max, could be less) and extended Twal, Talau & Garner

I’ve juggled a few others up (Jennings) and down based on updated info and I have us now sitting with $1m for 3 open spots

Two of JAC, Douhei or AJ plus Stefano for 2020 would to me have us with an improved squad on last year plus with a good proportion of our squad on the way up in their careers, I don’t think that’s been the case for a while

Agreed just as long as we can sign 2 of them and get Stefano over this year,but again it’s a big if for weststigers

That would be fabulous, but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it won’t happen. Hoping for Stefano’s release to play next season but I really don’t think our backline prospects will change at all next year. It’s too little too late for 2020. Maybe the year after, but who really knows.

Chin up Spud, there is plenty of jostling between clubs and players going on in the background and they will start to land in position soon.

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@jirskyr said in Josh Addo Carr Contract Discussion:

Line engaged 2019, 2018
Brooks 197 (1), 82 (14)
Cronk 111 (23), 95 (9)
Kick metres
Brooks 7338 (5), 5446 (9)
Cronk 7094 (7), 8989 (2)

I feel those two stats in particular show just how much the new coach believed in Luke and wanting him to be, within reason, the sole leader of the side.

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@Ponyo said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Quoted FOXsports article FG @formerguest

Wasn’t having a shot, just doubting the veracity of the source.

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@Dyloh said in Alex Johnston Contract Discussion:

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@Dyloh said in Alex Johnston Contract Discussion:

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@TieDye said in Alex Johnston Contract Discussion:

I think AJ would be the best option , rate him on wing… where would thompson go

Penrith apparently

I’d be pretty surprised to see Thompson leave. He’s a very handy player who isn’t on a lot of money. If we get Doueihi or Johnston you’d think he’d get one of the wing spots.

I wouldn’t wanna see him tossed aside. What’re the chances of Madge taking a tiny winger/fullback and turning him into a 9? Didn’t he do it with Cook?

Thompson’s weakest part of his game is his passing, don’t think he’d work at 9 at all. He’s a winger through and through imo.

I feel he’s exposed a lil more on the wing because he’s constantly facing up against Tupou, Oates, Vunivalu, Ferguson, Maumalo and Fusitua type players.

Especially so with the new rule that now protects all all players in the air, instead of just the defensive ones. All shorter defenders will struggle with this change.

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@Ponyo said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Not that worried, being patient. Meanwhile, Melbourne Storm - only 23 players signed

Wow, only 23 officially, hard to see that figure being real at this point in time.