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@Geo said in David Nofoaluma re-signs until 2025..:

@bathursttiger1 said in David Nofoaluma re-signs until 2025..:

worth upwards of $2 million.

Very dissappointing from Pooper …upwards of 800K short…

??

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Not the typical movie I’d usually watch, but thought I’d recommend an Aussie doco currently featuring on Stan called Finke:There and Back.

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Tamou and Russell Barwick talking WT pre-season.

https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=778966

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I can understand any frustrations but why are people perpetuating the club having a victim hood status?

  • Nofo’s situation could cause team disharmony and possibly derail the team.
  • Nofo’s part of the club’s problem of mediocrity or hasn’t single-handedly gotten us to the finals.
  • He’s looking out for himself only and showing no team loyalty either.

There’s probably a few more I’ve read but my whole point is that every other team goes through the same thing yet because he’s only one (of very few) of our juniors and this type of decision has caused us the most heartache previously, it’s probably being more scrutinised on the forum than it should be.

The whole business of the NRL is give and take. It’s full of overly ambitious and mostly opportunistic players - and a real dog eat dog world for clubs. We look to recruit or seek players who tick boxes for us yet are still unable to do the same for our players… and even worse have already had competent enough players in our system for us to successfully do this.
So we’re victims of our own making if anything and until we’ve turned the corner you’d think there’d be a level of restraint from some supporters bringing up these points.

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Couldn’t be more optimistic with the current operations of the club and it’s pleasing to see a number of junior talent sign with us, but the reality is that some of these players will eventually become pillars for the team and without the right type of players around them to help show them the ropes, there’s a possibility little else will change.
There’s only so much that coaching can do.
Look to the GF and it’s easy to understand how having that one player with the experience and skills to read and control the game(let alone a group of them) was the biggest difference. Despite Penrith’s success with building trust through their combinations in the team and having top tier junior talent, they lacked that player who’s a leader and overall winner, at that. Even Roosters did the same with Cronk.
I agree with @bigsiro and we’re not crapping on the club and content with the direction but rather saying sometimes having a player with big game experience is a necessity to help the team go up that next level. I’d be more than happy to overspend on these type of players.

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@TigerWest said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Lauren said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Strongee said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Lauren said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

While Allan or Flanagan aren’t exactly too exciting to me, the fact they were able to successfully lure Cotric, JAC, Burton and Hetherington is still a win for Dogs. A recruitment win.
Not usually too focused on anything regarding other teams but this shouldn’t be so easily dismissed(or knocked) as no offence to the club and/or Hartigan, it still appears our biggest stumbling block and some of us are more curious to know what exactly is obstructing us from landing marquee players.

FYI don’t mean we as fans should dwell on this or criticise the club yet more that it’s an area that needs to be addressed.

For me Lauren , it’s money . I think the club has realised that paying JAC 700k to play wing , or a kid with 6 games experience 600k , just isn’t a sound pop strategy anymore .

I think the analytics team, and talent identification, play a much larger role than ever before . Hetherington probably chose the dogs for career opportunities , as despite how low some of you are on our pack , the talent here now is undeniable .

Agree with the money aspect.
Sorry I’m not questioning our methods at all and prefer our new approach but just find it puzzling how the optional preference of possible career suicide seems to be more appealing than coming to us. Plus we’ve previously applied a similar method to this and were only able to land Reynolds, McQueen, Packer and Mbye.
I actually like that the Dogs secured JAC and Cotric, as it somewhat refutes the claim that teams at the bottom of the ladder are unable to secure the more elite players.
While it does look more promising for us, over the years we’ve already watched others such as Knights and Titans also have success in this area, and improve. So for me, its like what gives?! How do we become a stronger selling point because realistically we still may very well require a player or two to put us at a stronger vantage point - a team capable of consistently making the finals.

IMO when we had the money, we signed the players you mentioned, who just simply didn’t deliver, various reasons, but didn’t happen, then we went into a hole with no money left and 3 of those players in reserve grade and Mbye struggling to find his position.

Our rep was in the toilet. Who would want to come?

Now we have the money and will not pay overs, but prefer to be more astute, it will be a slower ride, but I think it will deliver the results, just hard to keep waiting.

The dogs have signed well, but they look a bit like us 4 or 5 years ago. The new season will see what Barrett can do.

Thanks for the response @TigerWest and I also share this belief and know we’re undoing years of horrendous mishandlings.
I probably sound as bad as others I’ve questioned for being too fickle. Guess I’m also hoping for imminent success despite being aware it takes some progress.
In all seriousness though I just hope it’s not an issue that is overlooked by the club. But at the same time I know there’s some things out of our control and the right tyoe of player/s will come along.

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@Strongee said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Lauren said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

While Allan or Flanagan aren’t exactly too exciting to me, the fact they were able to successfully lure Cotric, JAC, Burton and Hetherington is still a win for Dogs. A recruitment win.
Not usually too focused on anything regarding other teams but this shouldn’t be so easily dismissed(or knocked) as no offence to the club and/or Hartigan, it still appears our biggest stumbling block and some of us are more curious to know what exactly is obstructing us from landing marquee players.

FYI don’t mean we as fans should dwell on this or criticise the club yet more that it’s an area that needs to be addressed.

For me Lauren , it’s money . I think the club has realised that paying JAC 700k to play wing , or a kid with 6 games experience 600k , just isn’t a sound pop strategy anymore .

I think the analytics team, and talent identification, play a much larger role than ever before . Hetherington probably chose the dogs for career opportunities , as despite how low some of you are on our pack , the talent here now is undeniable .

Agree with the money aspect.
Sorry I’m not questioning our methods at all and prefer our new approach but just find it puzzling how the optional preference of possible career suicide seems to be more appealing than coming to us. Plus we’ve previously applied a similar method to this and were only able to land Reynolds, McQueen, Packer and Mbye.
I actually like that the Dogs secured JAC and Cotric, as it somewhat refutes the claim that teams at the bottom of the ladder are unable to secure the more elite players.
While it does look more promising for us, over the years we’ve already watched others such as Knights and Titans also have success in this area, and improve. So for me, its like what gives?! How do we become a stronger selling point because realistically we still may very well require a player or two to put us at a stronger vantage point - a team capable of consistently making the finals.

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While Allan or Flanagan aren’t exactly exciting to me, the fact they were able to successfully lure Cotric, JAC, Burton and Hetherington is still a win for Dogs. A recruitment win.
Not usually too focused on anything regarding other teams but this shouldn’t be so easily dismissed(or knocked) as no offence to the club and/or Hartigan, it still appears our biggest stumbling block and some of us are more curious to know what exactly is obstructing us from landing marquee players.

FYI don’t mean we as fans should dwell on this or criticise the club yet more that it’s an area that needs to be addressed.

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@formerguest said in Tukimihia Simpkins signs, Kane Bradley released:

@Lauren said in Tukimihia Simpkins signs, Kane Bradley released:

@Speed2burn said in Tukimihia Simpkins signs, Kane Bradley released:

@Lauren said in Tukimihia Simpkins signs, Kane Bradley released:

@Tiger5150 said in Tukimihia Simpkins signs, Kane Bradley released:

Big kid. Hope he fills the hype.

We seem to be building a BIG pack at the same time that the NRL rule changes seem to favour smaller guys?

It’ll be handy for the team in terms of field position and PCM, given their endurance/stamina are up to NRL level ofcourse.
Any ideas who our strength and conditioning coach is?

I think we have more than one, but Andrew Gray is one of them

Thanks @Speed2burn.

Believe the another one is named in the James Roberts thread and pictured with him below.

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Cheers @formerguest. Really liking the look of Jimmy the Jet too.

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Other than the first 7 weeks in 2018 - and our pack back in 2014 or 15 - we’ve never had that intimidation factor which the likes of Melbourne or Roosters or even Rabbitohs have had over the years. Don’t get me wrong natural leaders will emerge instinctively but the development and ability of some of our players, is mostly attributable to players who were/are beside or around them.
How could our halves have been confident in knowing one of their leading forwards can’t even break 40m??
Look at the players that are currently excelling in the game. Munster, Luai, Keary and Cleary have room to move.

Hopefully the new look of our pack will give our spine the confidence to play at their best.