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I think if we were to somehow pick up AD for FB and JAC is out of the question I think we should look at BJ from Raiders. They are trying to sign there big 3 guys currently and need to get funds so would be a great time to approach. He would have the incentive of playing with his brother and feel Madge would help get the rubbish out of the game…

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Well end of the week again and no announcement so until this time next week…

Fingers crossed something happens soon as the longer they get to train with the team the better. 🤷‍♂️

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@pawsandclaws1 said in Josh Addo Carr Contract Discussion:

Do we have JAC in the bag yet?

Not holding my breath on this one… Storm would have a big say in this because if a club offers them something they want they will only release to them…

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@4jtigers said in Wests Tigers snare teen tyro Utoikamanu...:

@thegbone said in Wests Tigers snare teen tyro Utoikamanu...:

i find it hilarious that Eels fans are saying ‘he is ripping in at training, he obviously wants to be here’

ahh no thats just what a professional does, unlike the little bitches you are used to signing

I just had a look at their forum and just LOLed at this post:

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LOL… Seem they forgot about Moses and Matterson breaking a contract to go to them 🤷‍♂️

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@Anon-lurker said in Wests Tigers snare teen tyro Utoikamanu...:

@hsvjones said in Wests Tigers snare teen tyro Utoikamanu...:

There is absolutely no reason for them to keep him…
They have tried to change his mind and offered a top 30 spot and he declined…
Why waste your time and money developing a player that is leaving.
I can understand if this player was in your starting team and you don’t have a replacement (E.g. Arrow) but this is a player that has not played a game of NRL and they have a truck load of big guys ahead of him with 1st grade experience.

This is where the current system does not work… The NRL need to step in and assist or scrap the rule that you can sign a player for the year after… Such a grey area that needs addressing and surprised the Players Union has not spoke to NRL about it.

I disagree this is where the contract system works. The existing club should not have to release a player a year early because he signed elsewhere .
Matto could be a example used . Say instead of him acting like a tool to get out of the contract he instead signed a contract with parra do start in 3 years when his tigers contract expired , does that mean tigers should release him , ofc not . However in mattos case due to his salary and impact on rest of playing group he was let out of contract . With stef on peanuts , him having a whinge won’t impact playing group and with eels thinking they are in a premiership window, it’s a no brainer for them to keep him as they should if they plan on using him at some stage of the year

I think you may not have understood my post.

I know Eels don’t have to release him and that’s the NRL rules.
It just doesn’t make sense for them to keep him and its just the right thing to do. It gives the young guy a better pay packet for him and family plus the opportunity to play 1st grade.
Matto situation is completely different as you cannot sign elsewhere that long in advance - Tryo is only 1 year in advance (in the rule of the game) and not 2/3 years.

Anyway everyone has their own thoughts and i respect that.

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There is absolutely no reason for them to keep him…
They have tried to change his mind and offered a top 30 spot and he declined…
Why waste your time and money developing a player that is leaving.
I can understand if this player was in your starting team and you don’t have a replacement (E.g. Arrow) but this is a player that has not played a game of NRL and they have a truck load of big guys ahead of him with 1st grade experience.

This is where the current system does not work… The NRL need to step in and assist or scrap the rule that you can sign a player for the year after… Such a grey area that needs addressing and surprised the Players Union has not spoke to NRL about it.

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@Telltails said in Alex Johnston Contract Discussion:

How do people know that we have tried for Lomax and Moylan - because it was suggested in the media?
To my knowledge there was never any offer/contract to either who are both contracted to clubs.
If having chats with players is now considered as missing out on them and suggests club evasion, every team will be victim to that and not just us.

Correct - We didn’t offer Lomax a deal and we didn’t take Moylan past a chat as he was after a long term deal that we were not prepared to offer due to his history on injuries. Tigers declined him not the other way around.

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@avocadoontoast said in Alex Johnston Contract Discussion:

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@Jedi_Tiger said in Alex Johnston Contract Discussion:

AJ the souths winger shopped to Gold Coast they said No

Lol

Cause he’s garbage

83 tries from 123 games. if you think he’s garbage i’d hate to think what you thought of our wingers.

Well lets compare him to one of our wingers.

AJ, at Souffs has scored 83 from 123, a strike rate of 67%.

Robert Jennings, at Souffs, scored 24 from 34, a strike rate of 70%.

Robert Jennings, at Tigers Scored 6 from 18, a strike rate of 33%.

For mine that parallel is strong. I reckon Johnston would have about the same contribution as RJ and less than CT.

Jennings was out of shape and sluggish all year. He also played in the centres for a time. Never looked settled. I think RJ will be better this year.

Regardless, I think AJ would be good pickup either at fullback or wing. Doesn’t look like he’s coming though so we won’t find out.

Why is AJ not coming to Tigers?

Sorry no inside info, but was reported by someone (maybe DT) and Richardson said yesterday they can fit in Arrow too without moving anyone on.

That alone just blows my mind…
NRL need to take a good hard look at their roster and if they can fit Arrow in this year as well without letting someone go there is a serious problem.

Just let this list below sink in of 10+ rep players they have
ARROW, Jai
BURGESS, Thomas
COOK, Damien
DOUEIHI, Adam
GAGAI, Dane
GRAHAM, Campbell
JOHNSTON, Alex
LOWE, Ethan
MITCHELL, Latrell
MURRAY, Cameron
REYNOLDS, Adam
ROBERTS, James
WALKER, Cody

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We have a great opportunity ahead this year for a few reason:

  1. Our new development / training facility - Massive factor to have all high tech training equipment etc… Must advertise this throughout the year with updates of photos / Videos for the most exposure…
  2. We have got and signed a lot of the country best juniors and
  3. We have the current NZ head coach and the feedback from them players has been nothing but positive with great results.

If our team goes in the season with a chip on their shoulders because everyone rights us off and we perform that would have the encourage interest from top players to join.

Anyway as we all have different thoughts we need to hang onto the fact we are building the team young with the eye on keeping the top ones like the storm did. Just going to take time and I know once a ball is kicked we all will be backing the team regardless who is out there.

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@bbobb said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

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@bbobb said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

Wow! Just watched the full PC. He looks really unfit but I got the impression still wants fullback. Wayne did look a bit coy when asked about the younger brigade (Doueihi etc) and I think he knows that he might need to release a couple.

Tigers should look to make Doueihi a very attractive offer. Clubs will often let players go on request so as to not stifle their careers - if we play our cards right, we might get someone halfway decent.

I believe Douehi is contracted until end of 2021 so we are unable to approach him until this Nov 1 unless Souths approve.

You’re right he is but wasn’t Esan Marsters in a similar situation?

Very close as the Cows could of talked to him from 1st Nov but we must of agreed to them talking early because he went in Oct.
I think Madge let him talk early as he knew the money he wanted and was not prepared to pay that after this coming season.