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I realise we need talent as well but with Madge as coach I wonder how we shape up in terms of fitness compared to the glamour clubs?

From my observations, these guys seem to be training the house down.

  • Lawrence;
  • Thompson;
  • Nofa;
  • Jennings (his frame looks much better this year);
  • Garner.

CC guys will also need to step up & put the hard yards in obviously.

How do we come up with the right programs in pre-season?

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@TigerSkins said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@jirskyr said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

NRL physio reporting Billy Smith has indeed done his ACL, and the opposite one that he did in 2018. Would need a reconstruction and looking at 2021 return.

Well that now has the Rorters back in the market for a centre … if we don’t play our cards correctly here BJ could end up back at the Rorters … !!

That’s a shame for Billy. He is a gun player.

We don’t need BJ - Tommy Talau, Momo and MBye can all fill the breach & do a good job. Wilson, Riszk will also come through over the next season or so.

What are the key spots we need to fill? I think Nofa and Jennings (who looks much fitter) can fill the wing spots well this year and I still like Corey at FB. For me with Benji getting on and maybe prone to injury 5/8th is our weakness despite recruiting Walters but hope he proves me wrong. We also lack a genuine hooker and ball playing forward. These are the areas we should be targeting.

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@TheDaBoss said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Scolari is better than brian toe…

@TheDaBoss said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Scolari is better than brian toe…

Clever clip - Union and league player background at school

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@balmain-boy Probably only development players.

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@TheDaBoss I like him but he lost confidence somewhere along the way and didn’t get much ball the last few games which would have been frustrating. I see this a lot in Jersey Flegg (Lee Silva and Scolari were absolutely starved but made do with limited opportunities) but I don’t expect it at CC level. However wingers like JAC complained to his manager that he couldn’t get the ball at Storm at one stage so it can happen in any game. Totally agree both in CC and JF why wouldn’t we be bombing to Bradley’s wing regularly?

I think Kane could be very good but like @balmain-boy I’m not sure if wing is his go - maybe as he develops into the pack?

He has the size but not the speed whereas some of our younger ones have the speed but not the size!!

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@balmain-boy Good on these young kids who sound exciting and should get a huge kick and benefit training with the big guys. Does make me wonder a bit about why other 2019 Jersey Flegg talents such as Smith, Dillon and Burey can’t get to train in the extended squad. Some of these kids seem to get left behind & then we wonder why they sometimes leave to go to other clubs. Surely they could fit in up until Christmas somewhere and give them a bit more encouragement particularly after they have performed well and have runs on the board?

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@MacDougall said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Getting hot now so rather than making a thread for every random signing rumour let’s talk here about rumoured signings.

So far we have rumoured to have actually been signed.

Chris McQueen
Kurt Capewell
Ben Matulino
Taane Milne

Rumoured approaches but no claims of being signed.

Shaun Johnson
Bodene Thompson
Albert Vete
Gareth Widdop
Russell Packer

Any I am missing?

Like any potential employee with Latrell don’t we need to find out exactly what the problems were at the Roosters and why there seemed to be issues after the SOR?

Great player but there seem to be underlying issues that have to raise doubts that we should clear up before jumping in.

I’d love to see him here but would also like to know why he was unhappy at Easts or the same thing could happen @ Wests Tigers.

If it did, it would be a distracting and unhelpful environment and further delay chance of premiership success for a number of years.

I have seen so many times in business where a seemingly real ‘catch’ has been made only to find out that the other competitor couldn’t wait to get rid of them for various reasons so in effect no catch at all.

Players/coaches not seeing out contracts always raises a red flag in my books. Signing them up without finding out what really happened, their current circumstances or how they think would be a massive mistake.

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@willow Yes he will be a very handy addition by the sounds of things. My only query will be whether we have too many of these types of players with the current crop backing up from last year. Dillon is a fullback so where would he fit in? I thought we might have had the back 3 fairly well covered (except for injuries of course) but I suspect it is good to have all this competition.

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@TheDaBoss I think Kane definitely should be given a chance in the off season as when he went up to Cup he did manage to score quite a few tries but then it seemed to me he wasn’t given many opportunities and maybe this is where his confidence was lost.

He did look out of sorts when he came back to Jersey Flegg for the last game of the season but again as others have noted why wouldn’t we put kicks up for him given his size?

He’s got his first season out of the road now so let’s see how he goes when starting afresh. I’m not sure about his pace yet and he could end up closer to the ruck.

We seem to have a problem with the younger ones coming through in that we either have very big wingers who aren’t very mobile, or smaller ones that are extremely quick.

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@tiger05premier Jersey Flegg player of the year and played CC. Second rower and workhorse.

Pretty sure he’s 20 next year like quite a few of the 2019 Jersey Flegg team.