I am not as worried as others regarding our inability to sign players. I suspect it’s a timing issue with our pursuit (and reported tentative agreement) with LM, we probably were too late for Lomax, Drinkwater etc. Their negotiations would have started some time ago and we obviously thought we had our target - alas we have missed the boat.
So in the absence of anything better, I would look to front end so see contracts so our war chest next year is massive.
The key to this ‘war chest’ is making the 8 in 2020. Atm, no one wants to come here because of inability to play finals football. We need to make the 8 as of next year and this is critical for us attracting the right players when all this $$ becomes available.
If you were LM, why wouldnt you just call a press conference and just come out and say/squash all these rumours dead, something along the lines of
“i will decide on my future soon, i appreciate all the clubs who have shown interest and have contacted me, and i will discuss with my manager and talk to the clubs to decide shortly” etc etc etc…
seriously, not only do you then come across as having control over the situation, you dont look like a prick to the clubs/press/fans/NRL…poor guy is getting roasted everywhere and he literally has done nothing to warrant it.
too much common sense?
Agree. He and his manager haven’t handled this situation well at all. They are clearly waiting for Souths to get their funds in order to make him an offer. His manager needs to open up and just say something.
If Latrell wants to stay at the Roosters and honour his contract next year, what’s wrong with that? Screw the Roosters, I hope he stays and pisses the whole club off next year. That club has had it way too good and way too easy for too long. So for now WTs fans, lets move on and build a team with players that want to be here and buy into Madges philosophy.
God I hope this isn’t going to be 100+ pages of analysing what our chair person said re: withdrawing our offer and is the door open or closed. It’s not hard to understand. WTs are in a position to persue other players now and if Latrell doesn’t want to revisit the offer in time, we are officially out. We don’t need to hyper-analyse every comment to look for something that doesn’t exist. WTs need to maintain some dignity in this instance and I’m glad we are moving on.
@Snake At least the club seems to be on a professional front which is a major positive over what has transpired in the past . Win or lose this one I have been impressed with how the club has handled the situation… all and sundry are just grabbing at straws including the media . No more leaks in the SS WESTSTIGERS I am getting the strong feeling the futures looks very bright indeed…
Yep. I completely agree. Whatever happens regarding Latrell, we haven’t died trying. We have made it clear we want him, we haven’t played games regarding what we want to pay and are the only straight shooters in the whole story. I’m proud of WTs for having a dig and it’s up to Latrell now.
If Madge is signing plenty of juniors, hopefully that means he is keen to stick around for a while.
No offence but us fans need to get over the recent coaches and short term player transfers. Future is bright we should be optimistic.
Yep I completely agree. However, us fans have been shafted pretty hard over the years and that does take time to get over.