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@CCTW said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Not to mention the reason Doueihi wants to leave Souths so he can start at 1 or 6,

I thought he was leaving because the coach told him he was surplus to their needs.

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@AnnandaleTiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@wokesmoke said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@ElleryHanley said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@TYGA said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Stefano Utoikamanu. Adam Douhei will be the next two signed. We will have one spot left for a pre June 30 move. I would assume some final year players may be moved on before June 30 ET, Eisenhuth, Jennings, McQueen. Our roster management has been good Douhei will be a good 6 when Benji retires.

Based on what TYGA? Pascoe told the Herald he had ruled Douhei out as a target.

I have correspondence with Pascoe directly relating to douehi and he said directly that douehi is of interest but didn’t like the chances Souths release him

You guys chat a lot, do you have a WhatsApp group I can join too?

Sorry smoke, couldn’t resist

I have no idea why a coach would be messaging someone someone in analytics the players they were most interested in. Why would they need to? Surely the club would get access to ALL the stats if they’re paying these people. I especially don’t know why if they had a clue one of the people they pay blabs all over the internet like a drunken gossip girl.

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@ElleryHanley said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@TYGA said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Stefano Utoikamanu. Adam Douhei will be the next two signed. We will have one spot left for a pre June 30 move. I would assume some final year players may be moved on before June 30 ET, Eisenhuth, Jennings, McQueen. Our roster management has been good Douhei will be a good 6 when Benji retires.

Based on what TYGA? Pascoe told the Herald he had ruled Douhei out as a target.

I reckon it was more s statement we wouldn’t be paying overs.

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@Aesopian said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Had a dream last night. Setting was a warm & sunny September arvo on the hill at leichhardt oval. A Tigers win would clinch the minor premiership over the fading parra slimey’s who only 24hrs prior suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of last placed souffs to make it their 7th loss on the trot…

Thanks to a 5th tackle try saver from this years runaway Dally M favourite L.Brooks the Tigers regain possession on their own 10 and are up by 2 with a couple minutes to go. The Storm, who have just failed to score on 3 consecutive sets camped on the Tigers goal line are showing clear signs of disharmony, lead by their captain C.Smith who is overheard muttering “If only we had some pace out wide”…

It’s tackle 3 and with 1:25 left on the clock the Tigers standout fullback N.Cotric spots a couple lazy defenders with their backs turned on the short side. He skips out of dummy half, evades the offside storm markers(all game ref), then proceeds to deliver a Benji esque inside flick pass to a flying Fox after drawing the now bewildered centre/wing combo of the storm towards the sideline.
The Fox puts it down under the black dot for his 40th meat pie this season, pumps the emblem on his chest and runs over to the northern end faithful to do his now trademark Leichhardt Leap

I had a dream mid-2005 that the Tigers would win the grand final. Admittedly, they played it a Cudgen Oval.

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Two more spots need to be filled by season kick-off, plus one more by June 30. The Tigers are still hopeful one spot will be filled by rookie Parramatta prop Stefano Utoikamanu.

A top-quality outside back remains at the top of coach Michael Maguire’s wish list. Maguire has always been known for his ability to identify a player’s worth and not budge on that amount.

Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe told the Herald on Tuesday the Tigers had avoided falling into the trap of having to pay ‘overs’ for quality players.

Pascoe said for the first time in a long time they had the luxury of having cash to splash on decent players when most rival clubs were still juggling their cap for this season and 2021.

"When there are reports we have cap space, every player who comes on to the market is linked with us,’’ Pascoe said.

"The great challenge for us in recent months has been balancing that huge expectation from fans who read these media reports, and making sure we’re making strategic decisions in regards to adding value to what is already a strong roster.

"Having cap space at this time of year allows us the opportunity to be strategic and leverage of other clubs who might have challenges with their cap space.

"This is a position we haven’t been in for four years and it’s taken us a long time to get here. We just have to be patient.’’

When Mitchell was unveiled as Souths’ latest signing at Redfern on Monday afternoon, he said he would have regretted rushing into a lucrative four-year deal on the table from the Tigers.

Pascoe, however, felt Mitchell was referring to money rather than taking a swipe at the Tigers.

Negotiations with Mitchell lasted about a month and were abandoned well before Christmas – and never got anywhere near $1.2 million a season, said Pascoe.

Adam Doueihi was expected to wear the Souths No.1 jersey before Mitchell’s signing and has since been linked to the Tigers. Doueihi would be a handy pick-up for the Tigers because of his versatility but is on a heavily back-ended deal. His pay packet is not one the Tigers are prepared to entertain.

Some Tigers fans have questioned the big money splurged on Russell Packer and Josh Reynolds who have both struggled with injury, while Ryan Matterson felt at the end of last season he was not being paid enough and sulked before being released to join Parramatta. Kiwi international Esan Marsters was also allowed to switch to North Queensland.

The Tigers spent last week in Brisbane where they enjoyed a bonding session with Mbye seen as the early favourite to take over Robbie Farah’s No.9 jersey.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/cashed-up-tigers-wait-patiently-for-their-own-marquee-man-20200114-p53rck.html

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@Jedi_Tiger said in Josh Addo Carr Contract Discussion:

As far as would Nofo want to go well two options Reggies or sit out season

It always surprises me just how short people’s memories are.

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@Tiger_Steve said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@old_man_tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Tiger_Steve said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@old_man_tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Originally posted in LM thread. Moved here because that thread is due for retirement.

This club has literally survived setting itself on fire multiple times, now a handful of people want an amputation after stubbing their toe.

Seriously, this is only painful because a vocal few can’t get over it. What did you do to survive the merger, Craig Field and McGuinnes, Hoppa and Lamb, Prince leaving, Lui, tiger sharks, etc… I’m only up to 2012.

If you’re that sick of it find a new hobby, come back in March. You should really aim higher than being miserable all the time.

The signings you make and shouldn’t have (Blair, Ballin, Cleary’s crew for the money we paid) are what wrecks your cap. The signings you wish you made and didn’t, imo, at the very least don’t stuff up your future recruitment.

Finally, people who are all doom and gloom should look up self fulfilling prophecies. In any business it is very easy to create an aura based purely on unreasonable expectations, be they positive or negative. The more posts in the media, including social media, the more you add to the perceptions out there that "the tigers suck ". In my opinion we have over achieved to finish 9th and I wish I enjoyed that more about last season instead of being so bothered by the seasons prior. Even the fans don’t believe, how are we meant to convince anyone else? What’s more, when the club leadership is positive they get mocked by the know-it-alls on here with less than no idea. All departments are improving, football will too.

If I’ve offended anybody I’ll just say this. I can’t wait until we succeed, I hope and believe it will be this year, otherwise why bother being here months before kick off.

Mate passion drives this forum. We are all ridiculously passionate about our team. This leads to emotional investment and emotional comments. I love your passion and how you express it. But you’ve articulated the problem. We go from mistake to mistake to mistake. It needs to change. We lose every clutch moment. You can list all the achievements - front office ok, great coach, COE - all good. But we still lose. Always. It needs to change. And as a passionate member and supporter I demand more. All emotional with best of intentions. But I’m sick of losing. Aren’t you?

Steve I’m sick of missing the finals, however we aren’t really losing 80% of the time or anything. We are often competitive and I look at our squad and think we go ok. I have been vocal about what I think we can fix, we need speed desperately. Despite being able to recognise and discuss shortcomings, I really don’t think missing out on LM is a big deal. He left the Roosters, he is hardly looking at the club’s prospects as part of his decision. This has been conveniently overlooked by many.

I’m also delighted we aren’t chasing a makeshift fullback. We have 2 already, specialists only or wait for the right opportunity. Everything is in the framing mate, as I’m sure you know as you are much more experienced with organisational change than I am.

The negativity is often justified, buit in this case it is creating a myth about the club that will make the future even worse.

I’m saying that no matter the challenge- we lose it. On field and off field. It’s becoming part of our DNA and it’s a real concern. I don’t think my criticism is unjustified- my point is there for all to see ( lost opportunity).

Maybe we lose more than our share, but “no matter what the challenge”? That’s just silly. Chee Kam alone won 2 last season.

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@Sausagesorcerer said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

As many forum members have said
If the roosters 🐓 didn’t want him then something was definitely up
A guy with that much talent,they don’t actively try to get off their books
I don’t think it harms us at all really
We have that many juniors coming through with a coach that makes players earn their place
We good lads 😎

As much as I would have liked him, I think it would have blown up in our face with some drama sooner or later.

Now it’s win/win for me. Either he’s good an Roosters fans spew, or he’s fat and lazy and Souths fans spew.

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the other interesting bit, which narrows down the player Souths are trying to offload:

Souths offered up a winger to the club last week which was knocked back by the Titans.

“At this stage, we are obviously keen to keep Jai,” Watt said. “They did offer us a player last week, but he was a winger so…at this stage there is nothing there to interest us.”

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Doueihi, who was last season’s regular fullback, had been earmarked to play five-eighth if the club didn’t re-sign Cody Walker. When Walker signed a two-year extension in December, Douehi was then assured he would be staying at fullback.

Now that Mitchell has been signed, with him also earmarked to play fullback, it is understood that Doueihi is concerned about where he will fit in the side. The Wests Tigers approached Souths last week about signing him, but his management is yet to be notified about their interest.

When asked about how adding Mitchell to the pack would push players such as Doueihi out from the spotlight, coach Wayne Bennett said it was a “hard decision”.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/mitchell-signing-to-prompt-arrow-doueihi-contract-discussions-20200113-p53r1c.html