“Next year’s NRL competition will be unlikely to go ahead if a compromise isn’t reached”… I don’t believe that sentence for a second.
The owners and powerbrokers would advise to their clubs that games MUST continue or the CEOs would be fired. In no uncertain terms coaches would then have similar ultimatums placed upon them. Teams would be picked, with some players perhaps trying to hold out, but the whole playing group en masse would never strike.
No one wants another Super League, the wounds are still healing and it’s been 20 years.
I wouldn’t put any money on it mate. After this season, I don’t believe we’ll ever see Woodsy in Tigers colours again. It’s a shame cos, I believe we could have had something really special with him in the pack next year. We’re assembling a good squad for next season but, without another couple of forwards, we won’t be going anywhere fast.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him stay. Des will probably be gone by years end and the last thing they need is another $1m front rower. Would be a good result for the Dogs and for us.
He’s not staying.
More than likely not. I hope he does though.
I don’t know what he wants to do now, but he did say that he would be more frank (i.e. damning) in his assessment of WT after he has left. He is not someone we want around the club. Will only demonstrate how to look after yourself whilst dragging the club through the mud.
IMO, Jamal’s return to the NRL via Wests Tigers was definitely worth a go. Potentially he could have been great for us. Then injury struck, and I probably like most, thought it was a nice effort, but time to move on and try someone else. Idris is done.
But only today, I was notified by Twitter that Jamal Idris turns 27 today. Still only 27, and for a second rower (/centre), still so young, still possibly half a dozen of his best years to offer.
How bad is his injury? Should we keep him? If it works, if he reaches his peak again, he would certainly help to fill that massive hole in our forwards.
Can we retain him on a trial basis like Dave Taylor at the Raiders?
Good on ya Woods, he still misses the point. The greatest players, or even a rung down and let’s just talk about the current top players all have one thing in common. It’s about the team first. What’s best for the individual is a distant consideration to what is best for the team.
For players who put themselves first or what they think is good for their family, they will never reach that top level.
And of course, it is the players who do everything they can for the team, putting the team first, that are often more highly revered, valued and reap the biggest rewards as an individual (and for their family).
Look at the Bulldogs, who is their most team-focused player, with little argument it’s J.Reynolds. Not the most skilled, but the most team-focused. And his departure is causing massive problems for them, arguably contributing to their derailing season. Is Woods leaving causing us that much trouble? Pfft, he has already been replaced.
i think u are sell fonua, a little short, i think he will prove to be a great buy. but where u are right is we need forwards, one prop and 2 back rowers would settle for one , but we need big brutes, or all these signings are for nothing.
You have to take a punt to get ahead.
This is where Nathan Brown and hopefully Ivan are good, Craig Bellamy is the expert. You look at a player that is borderline first grade at a borderline price, see what they are doing wrong and shape them. This is thrifty as we need to save our available cap.
Fonua matches this perfectly. Can perform at first grade, coming at a slightly cheaper price. Definitely potential, can make it at first grade. If we pick well, then we get a $200k winger for $120k. If we pick poorly we dump him and try again. We do this really badly we end up with a team of no hopers with potential and no performance. We do this good we get ourselves back into the top 8.
I’ve always thought Bellamy is so good at it because he has a few players of very high quality around these ‘diamonds in the rough’ players. Guys like Smith and Cronk improve each player’s quality. Bellamy is still a great coach though, I am certainly not knocking him.
Players keep going there and becoming rep players though, Glasby, Harris, McLean (like at the Broncos). Like they say you need money to make money, I think success breeds success.
And Woods, no thanks. Though he has the niggle in spades, he’s always lacked the mongrel/ passion which I thought would make him great. He has shown his colours, and they aren’t orange, white and black.
Funnily enough, I think he would command more respect from fans if he stepped down from the Wests Tigers captaincy role now. That at least would be honourable.
Hasler should of not been resigned the writing was already on the wall…he had his time .There is something smelly going down at the dogs , when you have such a well credentialed and respected CEO walk away something stinks and not in a good way ,Woods made his bed how ironic!
I think he was ready to be punted and what saved him was the fact he pulled off signing Foran.
You would have to assume that Foran only went there because of Hasler. Foran himself requires a high level of support to keep out of trouble, that’s pretty clear, so what are the odds of Foran striking a winner at the Dogs without Hasler? Pretty long…
Since we’re talking about cheating bastards, gotta mention the Broncos.
Before the 2017 seasons started Knights offered Korbin Sims $400k for 2017, already paying him $90k for that season in fact.
Then he signed and left for the 2017 season to the Broncos, on a second tier contract of only $85k. Taking a paycut of over 75%. Officially. If you believe that.
Like in 2010 when Lockyer was reportedly on a figure of $250k.
Or when questions of salary cap breaches came up and Andrew Gee stepped down and suddenly case closed.
Have noticed a few ‘‘jobs for the boys’’ posts. Who at the club was here when Hodgo was here that would be giving a job to him as a mate?
I don’t think people are saying that it is ‘Jobs for the boys’, just that because we have been guilty of that before they are aware that the possibility is there for us to fall down that path again.
And the funny thing is, Cleary has hunted down and attracted quite a few players who he personally had coached before, which can almost look like ‘Jobs for the boys’ (if looked at with an askew view with squinting eyes). I’m not saying it is, just saying someone could have that opinion and not be completely farfetched.
Rather go for boyle. Big body on the edge would be good.
Call me greedy, but I want both.
I’ll be happy to take the lot.
Jeremy Latimore/ Brenton Lawrence
Plus re-signing ET and Eisenhuth,
Plus coach IC finding 1 more young and very cheap player to round off the 30.
This is the year for dreaming so why not.
Omg you are greedy.
Well, after so many years of seemingly bugger-all signings, we’re going hard this year. So why not go even harder.