BREAKING Latrell admits that his decision to reject the Tigers offer was due to the Fact that Corey Thompson was prepared to fight for the job, whereas he just expected it.
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RE: Signing Suggestions & Rumours
![alt text](Stephen Crichton’s contract standoff costs Penrith a pretty penny
Many thought Stephen Crichton was crazy to walk away from a $500K handshake deal, but the move is about to pay off big time.
The NRL’s next millionaire could be made this week with the Penrith Panthers set to table a deal that will make Stephen Crichton rugby league’s richest centre.
Crichton will be offered a $10,000-a-game upgrade to his existing contract as part of a new deal that is expected to be worth $2.25 million over three years.
Hoping to end the contract saga that began with a revelation that “the next big thing” reneged on a $500,000 handshake deal, the Panthers confirmed that a revised contract had been finalised and would be put to Crichton as early as this week.
Stephen Crichton is poised to become the highest paid centre in the game. Picture: Brett Costello
“It has been a bit of a process since the grand final but we are almost there,” Penrith coach Ivan Cleary (inset) said.
“It (managing the roster) has been a challenge for us after a successful year that came as a bit of a surprise, but we are confident that he won’t be going anywhere.”
It is understood the $2.25 million will include a $250,000 upgrade to his current contract which is set to expire at the end of this year.
Penrith coach Ivan Cleary was confident the club would retain Crichton. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
The $750,000-a-year deal will leapfrog Crichton over Roosters powerhouse Joey Manu ($700,000) as the NRL’s highest-paid full-time centre in a stunning achievement for a 20-year-old who has played just 26 NRL games.
The Panthers are confident the new deal will be enough to fend off interest from a long line of rival clubs, led by the cashed-up Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
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Chuck 800 on the table
Save the money and throw a mill at staggs.
Play him at fb
The bloke did his ACL a few months ago. Huge gamble to do that. Not too keen on that decision just yet given our hideous past of paying massive money for blokes that barely got on the field year after year. Not to mention we supposedly signed Laurie to fill fullback.
MY Thoughts exactly, I think Crichton could be good anywhere in the backline,we have KEI and others who are promising centers.Staggs is too risky,and not needed.
Banking on unproven centres is more risky than picking up Staggs on a marquee contract.
Did Roosters go cold on Teddy after his two serious injuries when he was just starting out?
The Roosters were more concerned over Teddy’s teeth straightening recovery than his dicky knees.
RE: Harry Grant
@JoshColeman99 said in Harry Grant:
we need NRL proven talents
I generally agree with your often insightful comments Josh, but let’s try and put the Harry/Jake/Liddle thing in context.
Liddle is 23, 24 in October - made his debut when he was 19 1/2. Up until then, he had no proven NRL experience.
Harry is 22, 23 in February - made his 5 minute debut when he was 20, but then not again for just 1 appearance (off the bench) in 2019. Hardly “Proven NRL experience”
Simpkin is 19, 20 in October. No debut yet but is reaching a similar age when the other lads NRL careers kicked off.
Tellingly Harry’s age may be a clue to his success against grown men.
That extra year of nurturing in the QLD cup versus the pressure Liddle faced in the NRL may be the difference. So, biding his time can’t hurt Simpkin who is with us to the end of 2022.
Even if Harry moves on, Simpkin at age 20 next year will be stronger and will have no doubt benefitted from training with Harry & Lids. And with a pack boasting some very formidable big bodies in Stefano, Twal, Aloiai, Mikaele, Blore & Leilua, an early debut, following a full Madge Pre Season under his belt, may just have been the plan all along.
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RE: Remaining 3 Spots
Actually this is the funny part …I have never heard one Forum member say "Gee that Amone looks the goods …why don’t we pick him up on the cheap " but know we’ve signed him …he’s the next Arthur Beetson according to some "
Seriously some Forum members need to pull their heads out of their ass and stop believing whatever crap this club spews out
24 year old …9 interchange games for Souths over two years …REALITY
Hap I am happy to half agree with you. But guess what - this club hasn’t spewed out anything yet regarding Amone. Sure, they may do tomorrow but your comment is wrong in its abuse of the club. The half I agree with is that there was no prior on Amone. Not sighted off Nobby’s.
Stick to the facts and we will all be Happy!
RE: Signing Suggestions & Rumours
Tigers have signed Tom Amone effective immediately.
If we were interested in him, and he was uncontracted, why didn’t we have him on a train and trial deal?
Why have Eden Smith training and trialling well only to overlook him for someone we haven’t seen first hand.
All for a position we have more cover than anywhere else on the field. Doesn’t make a lot of sense
We all know Maguire likes his big men to lead from the front
Loosing Blore and Musgrove already has lightened us up front
Maguire doesn’t want to take any chances
He wants our pack to dominate
If Amone does come then we have alot of big forwards to cover suspension and Injury
Question is now with two spots left, what position and who are we looking at
I still like Fitzgibbon
A bit raw but I think we’ll worth the gamble
Last spot can wait a little
I don’t see how signing someone as our 7th-8th top prop helps us too much. Depth but highly unlikely to see much first grade.
And we still only have 3 fit back rowers
You play him out of back row … he is a barnstorming wrecking ball type forward. It’s something we need more of and I’m all for it … if in fact true?
We potentially sign a bench impact prop and someone wants to put him on second row?
Why not put Twal or Tamou out there…?
This guy is recovering from serious knee injuries and already had poor lateral movement. And won’t be fit until June. At best he plays off the bench at the end of the season and works towards next season.
He’s a James Gavet type. If he can be tamed and stay fit he has a heap of potential, but it certainly hasn’t happened for him up to age 24
Yep, I’m gonna call it. If you haven’t made the NRL by age 24 then you are automatically sent to the Logan’s Run Carousel where your fate is decided: Ex NRL player or Fox Sports Commentator or local Council Garbo.
RE: Robinson committed to rebuilding France footy
Wow. I knew nothing of this. Very interesting. Still can’t stand Robinson though
“ The invasion of France by Germany in May 1940 divided the country into Occupied France in the north and a southern pro-Nazi Vichy France, the latter of which roughly corresponded to the rugby-playing heartlands. The Vichy Government under Philippe Pétain associated rugby league with the pre-war socialist government, the United Kingdom and General Charles de Gaulle. Some of the French Rugby Union’s senior administrators took advantage of their close relationship with the new regime to have rugby league outlawed as a “corrupter” of French youth. All funds as well as grounds and equipment belonging to the French Rugby League Federation were confiscated and handed over to rugby union. The figure of assets stripped has been estimated at two million 1940 French francs, none of which was ever returned. In addition, rugby league players were forced to switch to rugby union or other sports or quit sport altogether.”
Who needs the History Channel when you have The Mighty Weststigers Forum - All that’s missing is Mr Peabody & Sherman in The Way Back Machine! Well done!
RE: Drugs, sex, domestic violence: football’s cover-up
The gift that keeps on giving. What an (alleged) moron. On his way to pick up kids at the southern highlands…
Souths great Sam Burgess arrested after allegedly failing roadside drug test
February 22, 2021 6:25pm
Source: FOX SPORTS
NRL star Sam Burgess has been arrested after allegedly failing a roadside drug test.
NRL star Sam Burgess has been arrested after allegedly failing a roadside drug test.Source: News Corp Australia
Retired South Sydney great Sam Burgess has been arrested after allegedly failing a roadside drug test on Monday.
The Daily Telegraph reported Burgess was charged on Monday afternoon with driving an unregistered car and police will allege he has never held a NSW drivers licence.
Police also allege he returned a positive road side drug test for cocaine which has been sent away for further analysis.
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The 32-year-old was pulled over at around 1.30pm on Monday while driving a BMW X5 on the Hume Highway at Braemar.
The Australian reported Burgess was on the way to collect his two children when he was pulled over by police.
Burgess was originally meant to collect his children, Poppy, 4, and Billy, 2, at 9am on Monday, but missed the collection time, which was changed to 2pm.
But half an hour before he was due to collect his children, NSW Police pulled him over.
“Officers from the Hume traffic and highway patrol were conducting traffic enforcement duties on the Hume Highway at Braemar when they stopped a BMW X5 and spoke to the driver, a 32-year-old man,” a NSW Police spokesman said.
“He was subjected to a random roadside drug test before being taken to Southern Highlands police station where he underwent a secondary oral fluid test. A sample has been sent for further analysis.
“He is due to appear in Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday 4th May 2021.”
Burgess retired after the 2019 season due to a chronic shoulder injury after scoring 44 tries in 182 games for Souths and winning a premiership in 2014.
It has been a tough period for Burgess since his retirement after he was charged and found guilty of intimidating his father in law Mitchell Hooke during a heated argument in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Burgess was found guilty of the charge after a heated clash near Bowral in the aftermath of his marriage break-up with wife Phoebe.
He was sentenced to a two-year community corrections order and given a two-year apprehended violence order.
Throughout the court proceedings, Phoebe and her father admitted to cooperating with the media and making allegations of explicit drug use and domestic violence.
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Burgess spoke briefly outside of court after being found guilty of intimidating his father-in-law.
“(I’m) confused with the decision, we’ve appealed the decision,” Burgess said.
“I’m not going to say anything further. Thankyou.”
His lawyer Bryan Wench added: “He’s innocent, we will go all the way if necessary. He’s done nothing wrong.”
Burgess married Phoebe at her parents’ home in December 2015 and they have two children, four-year-old Poppy, and two-year-old Billy.
The couple separated in late 2018 before briefly reuniting in April 2019.
They split permanently on October 2 in 2019 and have since divorced.
I’m not sure what a “community corrections order” is. But the last bloke I’d want wandering the streets of my community is Sam B.
RE: 2021 Trials
Unfortunately I won’t be there today as Rockhampton is a tad too far away.
Wishing all Tiger players well and no injuries.
Will there be updates from the games on the forum?
It’s on Kayo at 6.25 today? That’s NSW time, not sure what time it is up your way.
Its 1982 in QLD
We get the game a half-hour earlier in South Australia so I promise not to post any scores until the game is over in the eastern States.
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RE: Signing Suggestions & Rumours
Well Hastings is due back at Wigan for training on the 22nd so we’ll know what’s happening soon.
Im going to take a punt and say Hastings will be with us this season…there is a new variant of the virus over there and things may change quite a bit even though they have rolled out vaccinations…just a hunch,but dont really know,it would be much easier to stay,train and play here now that he is back in Oz and has been through quarantine and is with family…I know nothing about his contract so Iam just giving an opinion…
I’m going to take a punt and say Hastings will be either starting half or 5/8 by mid season. Then again, what would I know, just a guess. If he’s matured and learnt some life lessons, be more valuable to the team than most think if we signed him.
I hope not. We need to be concentrating on Madden. Hastings has a place in ESL.
Aren’t you concerned that Douehi’s suspension for round one has led to the following scenario which means at least 2 of 3 of our rookies will debut in round 1.
1, Laurie 6, Madden 14, MBye
1, MBye 6, Laurie 14, Simpkin
1, MBye 6, Madden 14, Simpkin
MBye will be in our round one side at Either 1,6 or 14 but how the rest lines up is due to desperation.
My opinion is we need experienced cover for 5/8.
No. Use them or lose them.
Well that’s your opinion but I have a different view. Youth needs to prove itself to demand a spot in the 17. If you loose young players from not playing first grade your still doing something wrong as a club. How many games did Harley ray shields or Matt Timoko get for the raiders last year? What about Sta afoa or Tex Hoy for the knights? I guess they should be worried too that they’ll be signing with other clubs.
Penrith just lost Laurie and Burton because they were not using them, so yes maybe they should be worried
Yes and no.
But at the same token they have retained Lui and stains. I have no doubt we target both Stains and Laurie and ended up with 1 of the two. Madden might be the only one we can be concerned about moving on but at this stage all we will loose is halves cover.
In my ideal strongest 17 it features both Liddle and Simpkin and Laurie but not Madden or MBye. I’m sure we’ll see a team like that towards the end of the year. We just need to give them time and be patient.
I think he will be the half. If you read the comments from his team mates,he’s exactly what we need, a quick,tough ,scheeming half with a great kicking game.
Replacing Brooks then?
Do you have a picture of Douihie on your wall ?
Haha, oh no. I’m still waiting on the delivery! But I do like Douehi, not that way but i think he is class and will pair really well with Brooks. Madden comes in if Brooks is out for mine. Not Douehi.
More then welcome to your opinion, but i think Brooks and Madden will give the Tigers the spark we have been missing.
Both have great short kicking games, and with JTJ and laurie following through will create havoc for the defence.
I am a lot more worried about Brooks heading into this season than I am Doueihi.
Doohey will be our main go to man imo
Possibly. But Brooks start of 2020 and the Brooks at the end of 2020 were completely different. Not only was he playing with more energy. Maguire actually shaped a lot more of the whole field play off the back of him. That little stint at 5/8 actually got him more involved not less. I don’t see him going backwards, only forwards from there. Give him a hard running Joey and Lucy either side or Garner and Roberts. (depending on which way the switch goes) and immediately he has options.
You do realise we had Mybe as our main centre option and played Chris Lawrence on one leg as our other. The plodder turn over of our roster has been nothing short of amazing. (Not including Chris Lawrence in that statement but he himself would admit he was borrowed time).
I still reckon Doueihi’s got more in his kit bag than Brooks will ever have .
Problem is if Brooks stinks it up again we’ve got him until 2023
In your opinion, how many good games has Doueihi played for us? …and what was in his kit bag
Why so butthurt ?
He’s had about as many good games as Brooks has had in only 20 games for us.
Kit bag contains …
Goal kicking …
Short kicking game …
Long passing game …
Very effective spiral bomb …
Great footwork …
And he seems to have a brain …
Hope this answered your questions?
And can long pass left or right to the Wingers.
I was told the 24-hour deadline was only given to Aloiai after Tigers got word he was speaking to Manly, and it only applied to the offer that was already in front of him.
It’s not like the Tigers gave him a fresh offer with a 1-day take/leave deadline. That just makes no sense - why would Tigers drop such an abrupt and aggressive offer on Aloiai after carefully developing him over so many seasons and different administrations? Esp. with a year remaining on his contract.
I can totally understand that Aloiai may have been aware that other forwards were getting paid more than him, and it may have been upsetting to him. We all know there were/are players in the roster who aren’t giving an appropriate return on investment.
HOWEVER you can’t just do to your employer demanding to match or beat the salary of someone you “think” you are better than, esp. when that person was signed by a previous coach. I was told that the club originally gave Aloiai an offer that they felt matched his output, status in the club and future potential - and he was stalling in making a decision. Time has shown that Aloiai was stalling because he was negotiating with another club.
Tigers are certainly being much more selective and strict with roster management. On paper this approach is working out on the positive side of the ledger.
Now that’s a good clear articulate response. If that was the first response to what the Tiger19 posted, he (or she) may still be around. It seems their take on the situation was quite different to the mostly agreed take on here, but that doesn’t mean we have to drive them away.
For the record, my opinion is that JA is scum. Going for better deal is fine, no loyalty shown but fine. But disrespecting the team by that stupid lawn mowing pic was just childish, and he lost all respect I had for him. Looking forward to playing against him, if he makes manlys run on side.
Yep I can take on board what you’re saying but to be fair me and others articulated in some detail what went down when this originally happened. Becomes a bit frustrating reading agendas.
@jirskyr did articulate this very well.
I think the observation that the old poster stopped posting and the new account being made on the same day was a bit of a give away, lol.
I’m curious as to why that agenda was being pushed. Trying to clear JA’s name? No chance, but why even bother, why would JA or a fan/friend of JA’s even care?
I’m guessing but I think they were trying to control the narrative - try to make tigers look bad as has been perceived before. Didn’t work though. He was mown down pretty quick
He was mown down pretty quic**k"
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