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Watched the James Graham doco on Kayo for a bit of kill time the other day. He was asked which players he looked up to on and off the field during his career and he singled out Cameron McInnes and Mick Ennis as two. Considering his long career, it wasn’t a name I thought would come up.

McInnes would be a great buy depending on the money. Has exceptional leadership, one of the best defenders in the comp and plays well at dummy half or lock.

McInnes at lock would allow us to carry an extra forward on the bench in place of a second dummy half. McInnes could give Liddle/Simpkin a break if needed and allow us to blood Simpkin slowly. I’m also not convinced Liddle is ready for 80mins every week. I do believe that Liddle and Simpkin are probably the future at hooker, but McInnes is a strong lock who plays above his weight and gives us other attacking options. Depending on Madge’s plan moving forward we may see a return of a smaller lock with the game speeding up.

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@JC99 said in Adam Doueihi signs till 2023..Official:

@Kazoo-Kid said in Adam Doueihi signs till 2023..Official:

Key points from the podcast:

  • Played union as a kid. Went to a school which played division 3. Made the Australian school boys team.
  • Played 5/8 at every level growing up (even in union) until first grade.
  • Played SG Ball here. Papenhuyzen and Suli were the stars back then. He wasn’t one of the key players.
  • Was a Tigers fan as a kid.
  • He became a fullback almost by chance. He didn’t have a position coming into first grade. He filled in a bunch of spots. A great game at fullback one time for Souths made people think it was his spot.
  • Admitted he lacked speed from fullback which the team needed. Was disappointed in himself in that aspect.
  • Is looking forward to playing 5/8 in 2021.

You forgot one - turned down Roosters (despite everyone telling him to join them) because he loves the Tigers and wanted to pay them and Madge back.

Loyalty is pretty much dead but he certainly loves Our club. Love how he speaks about the Tigers and that he genuinely cares about making us go good again.

Rest is bang on though. Was a good listen

Spot on. He speaks really well about the club and loves the jersey. Wonder whether he might be considered as a co-captain with Tamou or vice captain.

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  1. Mbye

  2. Nofoaluma

  3. Leilua

  4. Talau

  5. Roberts

  6. Doueihi

  7. Brooks

  8. Tamou ©

  9. Liddle

  10. Musgrove

  11. Leilua

  12. Garner

  13. Ofahengaue

  14. Simpkin

  15. Twal

  16. Utoikamanu/Mikaele

  17. Blore

  • Really tempted to give Talau a crack at lock. Has the size to play in the forwards but decent ball skills from his days as a 5/8 through the juniors.

  • Liddle/Simpkin will have to share the dummy half role as I don’t think Liddle can go the 80. Downside is it limits our ability to carry a utility/extra forward on the bench as they are both specialist hookers.

  • Backrow is a concern. Garner’s defence is suspect, but Blore seems to gas very quickly. Until Blore can improve his fitness he’s probably better utilised off the bench for impact. This likely means only one of Mikaele or Utoikamanu can get a spot in the 17 and I’d prefer them both on the bench in place of Garner.

  • Roberts on the wing for genuine pace and to minimise his defensive lapses.

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I actually met Stef pretty randomly just before Xmas last year.

We were doing some landscaping for Parra at their new training ground at Kellyville. I remember digging post holes and it was over 40+ degrees and had that brutal smoke hanging around from the fires. It was a shocker of a day.

I didn’t actually recognise Stef until afterwards. He came over to his car near where we were working and made the effort to say g’day to a few of us. Even offered to go and grab us a drink and seemed like a really humble and genuine bloke. Absolutely huge unit in person. I really hope he kicks on for us but think he’ll take a while like most props to find his feet.

On a side note, Parra hadn’t come outside to train at all and I remember Moses came out to his car and started having a massive whinge to us about how hot it was and how crazy it was they had to come into training that day as he was waiting for his brand new Mercedes air con to kick in. I ended up asking if he wanted to come have a dig for the first time in his life and he buggered off not long after that. Can’t stand that little twerp.

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@Moh said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

If we’re prepared to pay Smith equivalent to a good hooker then play him as a 13 his purchase would strengthen the team. I would not be swapping either of our hookers as they are both very good. A monetary compensation to the Storm is the preferred option.

While I agree about our hookers, and agree that I’d love to have Brandon at 13 here - it just won’t happen.

The guy speaks so passionately about the Storm, and his desire to play hooker is the biggest motive for the move I believe. He won’t take splitting the hooking role or 13 IMO.

Guess money talks, but doesn’t strike me like that kinda guy.

He’s a way better 13 than 9, but still a very good hooker.

I’m curious whether he’d be willing to start at 9 and move to 13 throughout the game, but come to us on a quality 9’s salary. Playing a roving role at 13. He may want a permanent hooker role, but the extra cash may make him consider it.

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@avocadoontoast said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@tigertye said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Looks like Seyfarth has resigned. New merch video has him signing a playing contract in the gear.

You got my hopes up there for a second… Sometimes a hyphen can make all the difference

Haha…my bad 😂

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Looks like Seyfarth has re-signed. New merch video has him signing a playing contract in the gear.

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@willow said in New Faces at Training:

Keep an eye on this unit, looks like he’s added some lean muscle over the past year:
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Was wondering what happened to this guy but kept forgetting his name. Looked like an absolute beast in his videos.

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@Russell said in Aloiai:

@Russell said in Aloiai:

@tigertye said in Aloiai:

If Manly want Aloiai for 2021 I’d be completely disregarding a player trade and request they also take one of Packer, Mbye or Reynolds at full freight. Take it or leave it.

Clears some of our dead wood, and gives us another roster spot and plenty of cap space.

I am absolutely sure your terms would be rejected. You may not like Manly but they are not idiots.

Obviously hit a nerve with somebody to download the above post. Lol

Lol. It wasn’t me bud. They may reject it, but I definitely think it’s a good scenario for us to pursue. They have something we want, and they need someone decent to cover for AFB, so if they’re desperate enough to get him a year early they might entertain the idea. It’s just a perfect opportunity to try and move one of these ridiculous contracts on.

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@Tiger5150 said in Aloiai:

@tigertye said in Aloiai:

If Manly want Aloiai for 2021 I’d be completely disregarding a player trade and request they also take one of Packer, Mbye or Reynolds at full freight. Take it or leave it.

Clears some of our dead wood, and gives us another roster spot and plenty of cap space.

Why would they do that and why would they have a spare roster slot?

They obviously value Aloiai’s signature given the money they’re willing to pay. Offer to release Aloiai next year like they want, but on the proviso they take one of Ivan’s gifts as well.

Siro as a trade is somewhat reasonable, however, our cap would be much better off this year and next without an overpaid player on our books that may not see much first grade moving forward. I see this as a perfect opportunity to try and move one of them on if all parties agree. If the players stay for the money here and see little first grade, Reynolds and Packer especially will be lucky to get minimum wage on their next deals.

Mbye and Reynolds have both previously played under Hasler. Mbye also has some utility value which might appeal to Hasler. Packer is a long shot given his performances and ongoing injury issues.

Garner for Siro trade is another option or we could attempt to sign Siro for 2022 regardless if we’re that interested in bringing him home.

If Manly are that keen on Aloiai, it’s worth a shot in my opinion.