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@WswWt said in Jersey Flegg 2021:

The guy in the initial image looks like Sam Mac

There’s a good shot of Ryan Garner who had a good season this year with Ryde Eastwood.

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I listened today to James Hooper who said on MMM that he was excited that the Tigers might be looking at Mansour as a package deal with Laurie. Sums his journalistic ability beautifully.

We cannot be serious if it’s true unless Laurie is the next superstar - certainly taking on Mansour will put on a lot of pressure. He better be bloody worth it!

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@Everything-WT said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Toowoomba_Tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Is Brad Abbey still with us?

Believe he is with our Magpies NSW Cup squad

Do we have a CC squad yet?

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@Swordy said in David Nofoaluma:

@clontarfkid said in David Nofoaluma:

Ive gone the full 360 on Mansour and heres why
1)Our squad has no specialist wingers apart from Nofo-were comsistently trying to manufacture centres into wingers,so if AK doesnt kmake it youll see Talau of Momo…or Cini.Truth is theyre not fast enuff.Mansour wld be as quick as Nofo,better defender but not quite as good as tackle breaker.He cld be useful subject to fitmess
2)JAC aint coming…were dreaming…and theres nobody else worth chasing apart from Garret whom we shld have leveraged Aloi for…history
3)Theres a 50/50 chance Nofo (already overpaid at $450 given his defensive issues)will join Eeels…knowing we have few options,were at his mercy.A 2 yr Mansour contract is a lot like the Morris Bros plugging a gap
4)Our backs,despite reshuffled deckchairs,are the same ones that sstruggled to score in 2020 despite Benjis 22 try assists.Mansour provides some improvement
So all things considered…Mansour adds value for 2 years on any other option we may have

I have a differing opinion.

  1. I dont believe it’s 50/50 that Nofo is gone at all.
  2. I understand the link between a stop gap 2 year contract ‘just like the Morris boys’ - but Mansour is not even close to that league, which makes any stop gap arrangement with Mansour questionable.
  3. Penrith were very keen to move Mansour on. So much so that I understand they have been trying to do so for at least 12 months because his defence is very suspect and he just doesn’t fit in. That’s and insiders comment from the Panthers, not mine.

I actually like Mansour for his personality and what he might bring in that regard. As a player, his best days were 5 years ago. If I could get him at minimum wage with the promise that you might not play 1st grade all year barring injuries, I’d think about it. But he doesn’t want to do that and he has publicly stated that.

I honestly think we would be better served paying Chris Lawrence (not as a player) the $100K to be the mature voice and trainer/coach/encourager of those outside backs.

I’d pass on Mansour, sorry.

Great post.

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@MightyMaggy said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Here we go again! Let’s give a big message to any aspiring young player, do not go to Wests Tigers, they prefer slow, old has-beens, so you up-and-comers do not get a go. The Club talks about building a culture, so why go back to the old tried and failed AGAIN.NO to Mansour!!!Let’s build a culture that gives us the reputation of giving good up-and-coming players a fair go!.

This is so true. I don’t think the club could be so stupid as to sign Mansour on any terms. I’ve lost count of the young backs we have coming through but we are certainly starting to put a fair few roadblocks up. A 3 year or even 2 year contract would have these players looking elsewhere ASAP after a few games this year after they have had a chance to play CC or JF.

They are NOT going to learn anything from Mansour being at the club. As I have posted elsewhere, most of our younger players don’t get anywhere near NRL training (mostly go to Liverpool) unless they are on a development contract or 16 or 17 showing some sort of promise. This has been going on for years and not one thing has been done about it. Ridiculously they don’t even get to meet them either during or post season events unless they win an individual award. (If it’s a cost thing, why not at least give them a chance to pay to go to a presentation evening and meet their heroes?).

Having played a number of sports many years ago, I can testify that by encouraging first graders particularly in their elite competitions to mix and share with lower/younger grades, creates massive goodwill and excellent club culture.

Clearly this strategy is not a priority at Wests Tigers.

There is plenty of talent at JF level believe me - we just need to look under the hood. Mansour is NOT an option.

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@pawsandclaws1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

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@TIGERPOWER said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Friend who goes for bulldogs reckons burton to bulldogs in 2021 is a done deal. If true, wonder what that means for Laurie??

It means Laurie will stay there but I hope it’s the other way around.

I looked at the Penrith lower grade team from a year or so back and Luai, Burton, Crichton, Staines, Too, Naden comprised the backline. No wonder Allan Fitzgibbon was overlooked.

He needs to get rid of that ridicululous flop when he scores. I’ve always been suspect of those types. Haven’t seen him tackle yet. Admit he does look to have a lot of talent.

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@SeanT said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Thaiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@hank37w said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Thaiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@cochise said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@THE_POM said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Geo said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Sent this from a guy in PNG

Edene Gebbie is on a development contract with West Tigers. The PNG Hunters coach Matt Church confirmed that Gebbie is not among the Hunters contingent to relocate to Queensland to participate in the Intrust Super Cup competition.

Church confirmed he is in contact with West Tigers officials to see how can he assist in Gebbie’s fitness during the transition.

This should be a welcoming news for Tigers fans who have been advocating for Gebbie’s inclusion in our 2021 roster. He gives a lot of options in the backline (fullback, wing & center).

I think it’s train and trial not development yet and I did tell him it’s Wests…

He will be here for 2021.

Yeah starting on a Train and trial contract, looking at a development contract for 21.

The guy’s 25 and will be 26 for God’s sake. If he gets a development contract it makes a mockery of the concept and just takes up another opportunity for somebody younger. If he was going to develop he should have done it by now.

I understand what you’re saying but he could provide us with a lot of back line depth at a minimal cost.

The fact is that a lot of those head hunter guys are tough as and can probably provide a longer playing life if they don’t have any really serious injuries.

I don’t think that age is as big a factor with those guys and there are always late developers, look at guys like Cody Walker who didn’t have an NRL debut until he was 25 or 26.

I have no doubt he is an exciting prospect in attack and I hope he goes well for us, I really do. However, he has been around a bit & his tackling stats appear to be very average (50%). Here we are bemoaning Nofa’s defence but then we are going out and signing an older player who is an unproven attacking player at NRL level notwithstanding his QLD Cup highlights look promising. If you struggle to tackle by the time you’re 25 then in my opinion no development contract in the world is going to fix that. I don’t know but maybe that is why he hasn’t played first grade yet.

I’m very happy we will see him train and trial to see if he can be the full package but not exactly thrilled we ignore a chance for our younger players who would benefit better from development.

Hes played mainly fullback. Most fullbacks have a tackling percentage of 50-70%. Tackling one on one is difficult when they make a break. He will be good depth for sure.

70% not 50%! I think you might want to check those stats.

Anyway, let’s hope he works out. Speed certainly helps.

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@hank37w said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Thaiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@cochise said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@THE_POM said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Geo said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Sent this from a guy in PNG

Edene Gebbie is on a development contract with West Tigers. The PNG Hunters coach Matt Church confirmed that Gebbie is not among the Hunters contingent to relocate to Queensland to participate in the Intrust Super Cup competition.

Church confirmed he is in contact with West Tigers officials to see how can he assist in Gebbie’s fitness during the transition.

This should be a welcoming news for Tigers fans who have been advocating for Gebbie’s inclusion in our 2021 roster. He gives a lot of options in the backline (fullback, wing & center).

I think it’s train and trial not development yet and I did tell him it’s Wests…

He will be here for 2021.

Yeah starting on a Train and trial contract, looking at a development contract for 21.

The guy’s 25 and will be 26 for God’s sake. If he gets a development contract it makes a mockery of the concept and just takes up another opportunity for somebody younger. If he was going to develop he should have done it by now.

I understand what you’re saying but he could provide us with a lot of back line depth at a minimal cost.

The fact is that a lot of those head hunter guys are tough as and can probably provide a longer playing life if they don’t have any really serious injuries.

I don’t think that age is as big a factor with those guys and there are always late developers, look at guys like Cody Walker who didn’t have an NRL debut until he was 25 or 26.

I have no doubt he is an exciting prospect in attack and I hope he goes well for us, I really do. However, he has been around a bit & his tackling stats appear to be very average (50%). Here we are bemoaning Nofa’s defence but then we are going out and signing an older player who is an unproven attacking player at NRL level notwithstanding his QLD Cup highlights look promising. If you struggle to tackle by the time you’re 25 then in my opinion no development contract in the world is going to fix that. I don’t know but maybe that is why he hasn’t played first grade yet.

I’m very happy we will see him train and trial to see if he can be the full package but not exactly thrilled we ignore a chance for our younger players who would benefit better from development.

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@cochise said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Thaiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@cochise said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@THE_POM said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Geo said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Sent this from a guy in PNG

Edene Gebbie is on a development contract with West Tigers. The PNG Hunters coach Matt Church confirmed that Gebbie is not among the Hunters contingent to relocate to Queensland to participate in the Intrust Super Cup competition.

Church confirmed he is in contact with West Tigers officials to see how can he assist in Gebbie’s fitness during the transition.

This should be a welcoming news for Tigers fans who have been advocating for Gebbie’s inclusion in our 2021 roster. He gives a lot of options in the backline (fullback, wing & center).

I think it’s train and trial not development yet and I did tell him it’s Wests…

He will be here for 2021.

Yeah starting on a Train and trial contract, looking at a development contract for 21.

The guy’s 25 and will be 26 for God’s sake. If he gets a development contract it makes a mockery of developing youth. If he was going to develop he should have done it by now.

It is a different situation with him being from PNG, Tyson Gamble was on a development contract with Brisbane this year.

Ridiculous.

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@cochise said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@THE_POM said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Geo said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Sent this from a guy in PNG

Edene Gebbie is on a development contract with West Tigers. The PNG Hunters coach Matt Church confirmed that Gebbie is not among the Hunters contingent to relocate to Queensland to participate in the Intrust Super Cup competition.

Church confirmed he is in contact with West Tigers officials to see how can he assist in Gebbie’s fitness during the transition.

This should be a welcoming news for Tigers fans who have been advocating for Gebbie’s inclusion in our 2021 roster. He gives a lot of options in the backline (fullback, wing & center).

I think it’s train and trial not development yet and I did tell him it’s Wests…

He will be here for 2021.

Yeah starting on a Train and trial contract, looking at a development contract for 21.

The guy’s 25 and will be 26 for God’s sake. If he gets a development contract it makes a mockery of the concept and just takes up another opportunity for somebody younger. If he was going to develop he should have done it by now.