I like the idea of Coen Hess a lot
Brooks and Hess could be a very dangerous combo!
If cowboys have another poor season and if he doesn’t improve too much I’m sure he’d be very gettable
All of contract forwards worth pursuing this season - exclusing Klemmer and Marty who both reportedly want out
I’d try get 2-3 of these players! Joel Thompson - Cameron Murray - James Fisher-Harris more realistic imo……
Wade Graham also can be very gettable - faced a few injuries which may bring down his value and the Sharks may be too focussed on retaining Holmes - sweep under there nose and nab Graham that would be great
If Cronk leaves they have the space, and that’s a very very tempting deal to give up if you’re Luke Brooks……
You don’t think he was sitting at home watching his best mate winning the grand final and not thinking what if - hopefully for us tigers fans he’d prefer to stay here and win one at his junior club and be a one team player
Roosters are just managing there cap well, we shouldn’t be envying them we should be targeting to do it better than them…
Marty Taupau may be a very possible acquisition….
Hasler wants Foran at Manly, bulldogs would release him if Manly would pay 500k of his 1mil deal which I’m assuming Des would see as a bargain. Unfortunately, Manly’s cap is in a terrible state as it stands currently.
This is where it get’s interesting Marty’s name has been all over the media in terms of who they would get rid of due to cap relief with him being paid good $.
Madge has that Kiwi connection also along with Marty being friends with a few of the boys from his team here and his current and former NZ team mates - we desperately need a Marty type forward to take us to that next level
Dogs would be looking for a half as well and Jrey back to the dogs could be a huge possibility for multiple reasons - which would help us with a huge cap relief
and hey if SJ is available I’d defs take a punt cause when that guy is on… he’s the best half in the comp
There are arguments for both coaches to be appointed over the other, along with different advantages that come with the two.
With Wayne, there’s always the question of being content as he is getting quite old and wouldn’t mind a pay day and the doubt regarding whether his heart is in it around the idea of building this club much alike Cleary promised and we all know how that went
Then there’s the thought that Wayne doesn’t have many years left with being a head coach as the man is 70, especially if you’re comparing it to a relatively young and healthy coach setting us up for a long term solution whereas Wayne ultimately would be a short term solution
But with Wayne you know he won’t come alone, where the main advantage with Wayne is not only would he bring in his own team surrounding the coaching staff which we know has been successful overtime hoping to translate it to the Wests Tigers…. but also the marquee players he could attract to turn us from pretenders to contenders such as a TPJ, Oats and Lodge - and I’m sure there are plenty more
Another positive Wayne possess is the experience he has which compares to no coach the NRL has ever forecome too - the man has coached more times than anyone in the history of this game his legacy would bring a lot of attraction to the club
However, there’s the option of Madge who we know has been successful and was a key reason to the Bunnies winning the premiership and breaking there curse of like 50-60 years of not winning one - he’s also the more young and hungry option where you’re confident to say you know he’s not content and wants to prove a point that he’s a top class coach which I believe he is
Then there’s the whole philosophy of him being a long servant within the club - I don’t think we need another coach for 2-3 years then replace him which I’m sure Wayne would probably be as we’ve had I think 4 coaches in like 6 years and if Wayne leaves after 2-3 years it’ll be the 5th coach in like 8-9 years which is pretty damming.
However there’s the idea that Madge pushes his team too hard to the point where there bodies are too tired to compete which does explain the downfall of the bunnies following there premiership victory
If I had to pick one… I’d go Wayne due to him being able to attract marquee players and if we were to snatch 2 of either TPJ, Oats and Lodge I reckon we can go pretty far.
Key areas we should focus on is forwards
2-3 big men around the ruck - Twal to start at lock I’m hoping next year
Marty Taupau is exactly what we need - create such impact and a bit of grunt too along with his offloading abilities you know he’ll get you 100 meters unlike Packer and Mats
Gosiewski from Manly is a player - off contract and would be a great bench option
Terepo from Parra is also a gun who could bring a lot of aggression off the bench
I think as a pack we have a lot of work horses but no one who can dent the line and create 2nd phase play which is crucial in this period of rugby league
In regards to a centre, I like Jack Bird but I wouldn’t pay more than 600-650 k for him to play in the centres - I’m actually pretty content with Mahe and Masters just need some solid depth
Javid Bowen, Corey Dennis (rate as a solid defender) and George Jennings etc this is crucial especially with our lack of depth in the centres
Now if blessed with room in the cap - I’d go hard for a controlling 7 with Brooks playing off him just doing his thing playing what he sees in front of him the style of footy he thrives off
Nathan Cleary is an obvious alternative
Munster is good and I did recommended him earlier but I don’t see him going to the roosters
Now if DCE is gonna leave Manly and it’s likely especially with him being vocal about his disappointment in the board - and I know he’s not very liked but this is footy our goal should be winning games and gee he’s a player you can’t deny it
DCE and Brooks could be lethal but these are just fairytales unless the recruitment sector do anything with it
Said it in the other thread but if we don’t get NC
Go hard at Cameron Munster where I think they’d form a better combination with Brooks
A player like Munster would propel us forward like light speed
Problem is he would chew up alot of money
We would then be relying on Twal Eisenhuth and Aloiai to step up
If they could do that then we would have a great team
Also add NAPA to our forwards or TAUPAU if money permits and I would be happy
Munster and NC will command the same money
Maybe NC a little more actually…
We could afford him and he would turn us from an okay team to a quality team