from the DT:…sounds like its going to happen!
Wests Tigers target Joey Leilua after missing out on Latrell Mitchell
January 20, 2020
Wests Tigers have made some poor recruitment decisions in recent years. Now they are ready to gamble on one of the NRL’s most volatile players.
But while the anticipated signing of Joey Leilua is another decision that could easily backfire, it also has the makings of a terrific partnership.
That is providing Leilua also agrees to make a change to his game that many have been calling for from him for years.
Leilua is ready to make the move from Canberra to Concord after a meeting with Michael Maguire on Monday.
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There is no denying some people around the game are privately wondering how Leilua will fit in with Maguire’s hard-edged coaching style, fearing this could be another deal that ends in tears for the Tigers.
But it’s important to acknowledge it is not Maguire who has to change his ways, it’s Leilua.
At 28, Leilua has been basically forced out of Canberra following Curtis Scott’s arrival from Melbourne and he has no one to blame for that bar himself.
Ricky Stuart gave him plenty of chances over the years but in the end the Raiders said all they needed to say when they went and signed Scott, regardless of the fact Leilua still had a year to run on his contract.
The Tigers have their own concerns given they had previously put an offer on the table but it fell well short of what Leilua was asking for.
But it is now expected a deal could be finalised in the coming days following Monday’s catch up.
The Tigers are becoming increasingly desperate to land a significant signing after missing out on Latrell Mitchell among others this off-season.
It is no use having more than $1 million available in their salary cap for this season if it means finishing out of the top-eight again.
The fact is the Tigers boast the longest finals drought of any NRL club having not made the play offs since Tim Sheens was in charge in 2012.
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The last significant spending spree the club went on was before Maguire arrived when Ivan Cleary was in charge and they signed the likes of Russell Packer, Josh Reynolds, Ben Matulino and Chris McQueen, none of which exactly set the world on fire.
But while they have a squad of players that rarely give anything but their best, it can’t be ignored that they just don’t have the strike power to consistently match it with the best rosters.
No one can argue when he is on his game Leilua is as good as any centre in the comp, which is why he can be a great signing for the Tigers.
All he has to do is commit to getting rid of some of the mug tactics that he should have dumped years ago.
I did get told by a board member that AD was going to be announced today, apologies as i dont think it will be happening given its now 1pm.
I had absolutely no mention of B J Leiluia so i am not sure if that is just media talk.
Don’t apologise, you won’t be the first poster to announce something that doesn’t materlise
Doesn’t Douehi still live around the Concord area with his parents, more likely then to sign with Tigers than Storm as he is very close to his family from all reports.
He went to St Patrick’s College Strathfield, same year as my son…if he does leave Souffs it wont be to the Storm if he has another Sydney based offer
@Glenn5150 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:
It’s really something that’s missing in our teams … lack of a players with mongrel and anger and showing genuine pain at being beaten. Too many nice guys players too afraid to express themselves and dominate on the paddock.
Yes BJ has some problems in his game but mate, he brings what we need in spades. We thought that Packer ant Matulino would bring that aspect to our forwards but unfortunately I have not seen that eventuate.
So from me it’s a big yes … and hopefully if Packer doesn’t get his old game to the table then our forwards need a (BJ) similar wrecking
Musgrove will be our resident nut job/ enforcer …
I think you are right and a rejuvenated Packer could join him. IMO at least for the first half of 2018 Packer was hooking in was intimidating. Was;nt churning out Woods type metres but oppositions were looking for him.
I spoke to J Rey today and he’s mega impressed with Musgrove .
He said his size , strength, aggression … just wow !
They were his words !
I’m hoping Packer returns to form as well !
Oh and a big yes for a BJ lol
Did you ask JRey when he’s off to ESL…
If Pascoe keeps trying to play hardball and we miss out on Douehi for the sake of $100k it will be a bad move for the club. He’s an excellent player that hasn’t yet reached his prime. He will increase our chances of making the 8 in 2020. No point going into March with $1m in the bank.
You’d be getting him for under 400k for 2020 as Souths have already paid him 3 months. Assuming the 500k figure is accurate.
Let him train with Souths till March then sign him…will only cost us $330k for 2020…
@Glenn5150 said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2020:
I don’t think any of us are pleased with the recruitment.
On the back of 10+ years of failure we really needed to do better in the player market, especially considering the warchest.
Not to say our management didn’t try their hardest.
Frankly, our roster is arguably the worst in the comp and to be honest, one the worst I’ve seen in 40 years I’ve followed Wests/Balmain.
If we finish the dreaded 9th or 10th again it will be because we had some encouraging performances (which are inevitable over the course of a season), and this may once again serve to vindicate the players, management and some fans that we have the right squad and are heading in the right direction. Obviously we all want to win games and compete, but let’s not kid ourselves, every win with this roster is just another chance for us to pull the wool over our eyes and thus walk blindly in a fool’s paradise.
I’d almost rather us finish 15th or 16th and in doing so recognize the need for a serious roster overhaul than go through the emotional turmoil of nearly making it, getting heartbroken again while having to justify our roster at the end of next season.
It’s no worse than last year.
Recruitment hasn’t finished yet.
Great points. In fact with Leilua musgrove and hopefully Stefano it is way better than last year on the additions.
The pack minus hooker is fairly strong.
I’m liking the look of our pack a lot! It’s better than Souths pack imo.
If Souths can’t get Arrow early I am really interested to see how they fare next year. The game is won up front so without a quality pack I don’t believe their backs will shine as well as they could.
Murray is a gun.other than that pretty shallow pack.
Brooks & Benji will have more time and space.
I’m getting excited
Especially if they get good ball from dummy
Yes! Thats Why I’d also like to see Mbye start as dummy. Brooks creates some opportunI ties when he runs wide of the ruck. But we have lacked the pace out wide to capitalise.
Mbye is pretty quick as well. It’ll get him involved around the middle of the ruck. Maybe the spine will look something like this:-
That will most likely be the starting spine