He should go IMO. No speed or footwork, doesn’t pass and the only ability he has is to stand up in a tackle
He outstreaked Carney to the tryline in 2010 in the semi final.
He fended away from Hayne and streaked 50m metres to score out pacing the Eels backline to do it.
No Footwork? No passing?
The is the same Ayshford who stepped through the Warriors backline in 2011 to put Marshall over to score when we were being smashed - probably a turning point of the game?
The same Ayshford who was the centre to Beau Ryan during 2011 who was also our highest try-scorer that year? obviously he didn’t pass the ball to him……
Get a grip lads. He’s a good quality player who has had a year filled with interruptions, and stop and starts. Give the kid some stability and he’ll rampage.
I honestly hope we haven’t lost him - as he would be a bigger loss long term than Heighno, and Ryan.
While I wouldn’t mind Ayshford staying, I think too many people talked the guy way too much after 2010 and 2011. 2011 He had a good year, but a lot of people labelled it “amazing” and “rep worthy”, when really other than a dominant display vs NZ, it was just solid/good.
On pace, he might have it when he gets into space, but the issue is he is very slow off the mark, doesn’t run onto the ball and doesn’t get going. Every player out there is generally quick once they are in space (I.E - Did you see when Pearce scored vs the Dragons this year and the commentators said, I didn’t realise Pearce was a speedster). And the issue with Ayshford is he very rarely gets into space and takes an age to get going. So I think labelling him slow is a fair call. And despite your stat on Ryan, Ayshford has a terrible passing game. Ayshford is just a ball runner, he never looks to pass. I don’t remember one time ever (and happy for you to provide examples), where Ayshford legitimately set up his outside man.
On the up side, he has handy footwork and his defence is good. He misses tackles here and there, but so do most centres. Defence is not the issue. He COULD turn out to be a bigger loss than Heighno/Ryan, as unlike those two, Ayshford actually has a few pretty good attributes. But Pace and passing are not one of them.