Renouf To’omaga seems a prospect, currently at the Dogs coming off the bench providing them with strong performances lately
Off contract end of next year as well - would be cheap too
I’m all for loyalty don’t get me wrong, I understand that he has made sacrifices for this team from a financial standpoint and major respect for bleeding Orange and Black similar to us Wests Tigers fans.
But seriously, after the heartbreak of yesterday I think we as a club need to understand we can’t keep carrying reserve grade players - whether we like it or not Rowdy isn’t a starting first grader at any club in the NRL
And the sacrifices made is a two way street - with the club paying him well consistently even after his major injury of dislocating his hip.
Thanks so much Chris Lawrence for everything you’ve done for this team, but I think it’s time to say goodbye and acquire either a young talented forward or use the money to go hard for Arrow or another marquee signing for 2021
We need to change our approach cause all it’s gotten us throughout the last 8 years is out of finals contention… but thankfully I think Madge realises that
Joey Manu should be heavily targeted!
Won’t get the attention he deserves with Latrell coming off contract the same year - it’ll be hard for them to afford him even for the roosters
You can see he has loads of talent and tbh looks a better fullback then centre
2021 potential team
Aj Brimson (off contract 2020)
Jesse Ramien (Free agent)
Curtis Scott (unwanted)
Sione Katoa (off contract 2020)
Blake Green (off contract 2020) keen to leave NZ
Christian Welch (off contract 2020)
Jai Arrow (off contract 2020)
Salary cap won’t be a problem - as Mbye, Reynolds, Packer, Mats, Masters, ET, McQueen all won’t be featuring all probably accumulating to around 3.5 million roughly
The addition of current free agent Jesse Ramien and unwanted Curtis Scott would set up a very talented combination - unfortunately this means letting go of Masters which I’m sure there’ll be suitors but he has been pretty poor this season
Sione Katoa can’t get a game in first grade, but I can’t tell you why I can see him having a JAC effect if he comes to the tigers - also off contract end of 2020
AJ Brimson has been reported to be heavily targeted by the tigers, he’s a fullback imo and would be a very good one
Blake Green is off contract next season and would be a perfect foil to brooks in the halves, I’ve heard from a few people I know that he wants out of NZ - had a tremendous year last year and early this year but has dropped off a little but I wouldn’t blame it all on him
Christian Welch made his SOO origin debut this season, absolute gun it was reported we were interested in bringing him over but he did his ACL so he took up his player option for one more season - following the injury I don’t think his value would be that high and would be a great addition
Jai Arrow would be the only one out of the list who will attract the big money, if we can sell him a vision through Madge and offer him the big bucks along with also bringing over Brimson the only shining light other than himself from the Titans then we may have a red hot chance
If we don’t get Arrow both Fifita and Kapow are both off contract as well!
This team I can see challenging for a top 4 spot, none of the player highlighted would necessarily break the bank except for Arrow who would be commanding around 800-900k a year which I would pay tbh - hoping to hear from other forum members on there thoughts
Can I just say Luke Bateman is off contract
Not too sure how much money Canberra have left, but I’ve always rated Batemen for a few seasons now.
The kids starting to come out of his shell and play some great footy, he’s also only 24 years old.
We should really be looking into this, if we can offload McQueen (POM quotes it’s likely) and with the remaining $ we have we could get it done