Straight player swap with Sharks?
Woods for Packer…
Don’t think that we could find someone stupid enough at cronulla to agree with that
Pretty strong side today Gamble, Rochow, McIntyre and Seyfarth on the bench. I would have thought a true front rower may have been handy on the bench given the conditions.
Also can’t understand how O’Toole keeps getting picked over Maarbani.
Everyone screams for the NRL to be consistent. At the time I did not agree with the Craig Smith penalty try in the Melbourne v Saints grand final, but it was given.
MCK may not of dropped the ball outright when hit but he was stunned, bobbled it, and did not have hold of it when Kahu slapped it out.
I would have been filthy if it was given against us, but would not have been able to come up with an argument why it should not have been a penalty try without reverting to Phil Gould like, “I am an Alien”, drivel.
@Bones No, you try your hardest to keep both. If one goes, you keep the other. We ended up with none. How can you not see that is wrong? Currently, Melbourne have Papenhuyzen, Hughes and Drinkwater. It’s not entirely impossible.
I thought that is what they did. Papenhuyzen jumped ship while we went all in on Tedesco. Despite offering him a contract that is far in excess of what anyone at the club has ever received, he jumped ship to join the roosters for less.
Maybe if it was clear what a selfish flog he was we would have put more effort into keeping Ryan, but him & his manager did a good job of stringing us along.
Thinking of it, the club has a pretty average track record of being screwed over by self interested individuals.
Fancy Farah and Moses drumming up an issue through media contacts.
Did Ayoub’s and Moses’ relos miss a position on the board?
His defence was average, but that blame has to be shared. Madge was trying to play him as an 80 minute backrower before his stamina and body were up to it.
I think that some of those misses were examples of a poor bench rotation. He should not have been on the field at that point in time.
DT saying he could be back flipping.
That is impressive. I didn’t think Mannah had that sort of agility
Will Pascoe be held accountable for our salary cap position too?
We had every player off contract last year, Clearly was able to splash big money at nuffie players.
In that time, we missed out on names like Klemmer, Napa, Pearce, Ponga, Gagai, Roberts, etc.
I don’t want to hear, ‘how are we going to attract big name players?’. If Knights and Dogs can do it, so can we.
We even missed out on keeping Papahyuzen because we had Tedesco…both were off contract at the same time. If you’re going to set an ultimatum for Tedesco, keep the best young fullback in the game…
We constantly sign left overs, Mbye was a dud at the Dogs. There is a reason they let him go.
I’m afraid we now have to wait until 2021, when all the big names come off contract to sign more dud players on large wages.
DWZ was snapped up by the dogs, Christian Welch probably will be too…Two players that could have had a big impact on our roster.
I’m sorry but this is wrong on very many levels. “We missed out” assumes we were trying to sign or available to sign certain players. For example, Pearce signed with Knights only after Roosters released him after signing Cronk. We had already signed Reynolds months prior because we could not afford to wait for Cronk to make up his mind. Klemmer expressly signed with a non-Sydney club for family reasons - how are we gonna sign the bloke to leave Canterbury and move 10 minutes down the road to Concord?
Yes Paps was released because of Tedesco, but your logic does not follow. You can’t keep on an emerging young talent for significant $$$ just in case your superstar FB leaves the club. What if Tedesco doesn’t leave and now you have 2 first-grade level FBs tying up a bunch of your money? Paps signed with Melbourne in March 2017 and Tedesco left in May 2017 - big gap in football terms, especially when you have to remember that JT got fired and Cleary signed BETWEEN those two signings.
Ponga?!?!? The dude signed with Knights in 2016 and Tedesco still had a year to run. No way would you be outlaying money for Ponga when, at the time, you had Tedesco, Brooks and Moses all locked in 1, 6, 7.
Roberts signed by Broncos in December 2015, I fail to see how that has anything to do with Cleary or this conversation.
So blokes like Pearce, Ponga, Klemmer, they aren’t taking 650K deals like the “nuffies” that we signed. Ponga might be on that right now but his next deal is $1M easily.
You keep someone as talented as Pappenhuyzen because he is a genuine NRL player, he has the x factor and an early decision should have been made to groom him as our next fb. This means a similarly early decision to not try and negotiate with Tedesco.
Melbourne were shopping him around earlier this year, but couldn’t find any takers. Hindsight is a wonderful thing