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@4jtigers said in Departing players:

@Geo said in Departing players:

Dylan Smith (2018-20)
Smith joined Wests Tigers as part of its Development squad in 2018 and transitioned into the full-time squad throughout his time with the club. An Australian Schoolboy, Smith featured prominently for the club’s Jersey Flegg and Canterbury Cup squads in 2018 and 2019 and played in the sole reserve-grade fixture this year before the season was cancelled.

No idea why he was let go even without giving him a chance to show what he has with at least 2 first grade games… sad really

A huge fail.

We aren’t doing a lot of development like a Penrith or Brisbane where letting guys go is part and parcel.

You’d hope the few guys we do put money into at least get a shot.

Instead, we’ve wasted years of time and money.

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“Every year we strive and have the single and only aim of winning a competition, and if we don’t do that, it’s been a fail in regards to what our objectives are at the start of the year,” he said.

Let’s cut to the chase.

The current CEO has made absolutely no progress towards this goal in five years.

Forget winning a premiership, during his time we haven’t even finished in the top half of the ladder.

The fans are dished up a lot of excuses and self-serving PR about balancing the books and growing membership.

All this says is that we have a CEO who is good on the commercial side but can’t build a footy club that can sustain a competitive roster every season through recruitment and development.

In the words of an experienced NRL administrator “winning is good for business”.

The board need to bring in someone independent that knows how to run a footy club to do a full assessment on how we can improve.

As it stands, the lack of recruitment or development for 2021 should be ringing alarm bells for anyone who really cares about our club.

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I’m constantly amazed that after seven seasons and 145 games, people are still waiting for (nearly) 26 year old Brooks to come of age and/or step out from the shadow of Farah, Marshall or whoever.

This year he was thoroughly outplayed by a rookie hooker and a senior citizen five-eighth.

He’s an average halfback that can’t deliver us a top 8 finish.

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The best way to defend is to hold onto the ball.

In league in particular. defending sucks up a lot of energy. The more defending you do, the worse your defence tends to get.

It’s no surprise that we’re sitting 12th on % of possession in a game.

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The coach isn’t the one out there, missing tackles or dropping balls.

We just don’t have a roster that’s good enough to compete for 80 minutes.

The guys show flashes of brilliance and sometimes do enough good stuff to scrape together a victory, but they aren’t mentally strong enough to do this all the time.

This is why, in a lot of cases, their previous club let them go.

Joey Leilua is a textbook example. Amazing skill, but only his mum would claim he plays well for the entire game. Exactly why Ricky Stuart gave him the boot.

Sadly, there’s no easy solution. Ditching another coach won’t solve our fundamental problems.

We don’t have the cash or profile to recruit a good roster and our development system seems to be limited to five ok’ish guys in a development squad.

The fact that Harry Grant has been our best this year shows where we’re at and how far we have to go.

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Tamou is like buying a 2010 SS Commodore on Gumtree - not bad back in the day but comes with high mileage. Previous owner says they are only selling because they got a new company car.

Hopefully he makes it through the next few years without breaking down.

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@balmain-boy said in Assistant Coaches:

@Papacito said in Assistant Coaches:

@balmain-boy said in Assistant Coaches:

I’d say we need three new assistants. Hodgo is rubbish and the other two can’t be anything great. Fresh blood, new ideas, no previous allegiances.

No jobs for the boys. Just the best candidates.

And no to Flanno, even though there’s a few good sorts in his stable.

Interested how you’ve drawn the conclusion that Brett Hodgson is ‘rubbish’?

Two very experienced and successful head coaches (Cleary and Maguire) who see him day in day out don’t seem to think he’s rubbish.

He led the magpies for two disastrous seasons. They never played with any strategy, always looked disorganised and poorly coached.

Add to that his family live in France and he goes there every chance he gets (is he even in Sydney at the moment??) he was far too absent to be an integral part of the coaching setup. He’s also been here for 3 years and these haven’t exactly been highlight years for us in terms of results, performance or development. What has he contributed exactly?

A WT legend sure, but he’s tried and failed as a coach.

Sounds like you have a personal gripe against him and next to no understanding on the KPIs for success as an assistant coach.

Carry on.

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@balmain-boy said in Assistant Coaches:

I’d say we need three new assistants. Hodgo is rubbish and the other two can’t be anything great. Fresh blood, new ideas, no previous allegiances.

No jobs for the boys. Just the best candidates.

And no to Flanno, even though there’s a few good sorts in his stable.

Interested how you’ve drawn the conclusion that Brett Hodgson is ‘rubbish’?

Two very experienced and successful head coaches (Cleary and Maguire) who see him day in day out don’t seem to think he’s rubbish.

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I understand that there are slow news days and he gets paid to write, but please…

He has never coached or played.

His opinion is about as relevant as my non english speaking 80 year old next door neighbour.

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Phil Gould says in his podcast today that there’s an unwritten expectation that you hang around after a game.

He also says this almost certainly came out in a leak - which for mine is a worrying sign that something’s rotten at our club.