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@boonboon said in Wests Tigers Fined in another NRL first:

Seems a fair fine. Clubs get paid and players get paid a fortune and with that comes access for broardcasters and fans. Sick of players thinking they dont have to earn their money and this is a good sign of the attitude that needs to be taken out of the club.

Yeah I agree. It’s just stupidity on behalf of the players, and possibly comes back to a lack of leadership and strict standards on discipline within the club - that’s the way I view something like that occurring.

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@cqtiger said in How good is Stefano?:

I am glad that we signed Tamou if only for the fact that Stefano will learn a lot from him.

He’ll learn plenty, as will Mikaele.

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@jrtiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Cairnstigers said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Magpieger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

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@pawsandclaws1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

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@pawsandclaws1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

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@Raffman said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Melbourne flyer Josh Addo-Carr remains a recruitment priority but it’s understood Canberra’s Jordan Rapana is now also on the club’s radar.

I hope we are not going to target Rapana if we miss out on JAC.

Upgrading our pack should be our priority. Targeting JAC makes sense because he is quality and players of his class don’t come on the market very often. But if we miss out on him we should be chasing forwards.

Disagree strongly. Pace us our no 1 priority. We’ve got Tamou now we need JAC and Staines. Besides Kepaoa and Brooks, our backs are slugs.

I don’t agree Paws. We have had no problems scoring points. But we are monstered by most other packs. We just can’t contain their momentum and we have trouble getting out of our own half. We need better forwards.

I know we have an issue in the forwards. I have no objection to more forwards so long as existing forwards go so we are not impacting our capacity to recruit fast backs. Perhaps we need to expect more from those we have? You cannot coach pace and as we’ve witnessed with JAC, pace is critical in shutting down opposition attacks.

unlike some other clubs, apparently, the WT play according to the NRL rules. Ideally, we would buy at least: Papalii, JWH, Taumalolo, Heinrington, Staines, Drinkwater and JAC !
But a limited salary cap says the WT can not, the question then is how to distribute the limited resources.
IMHO the answer is obvious, like many games, year after year, show us - we are too frequently rolled through the middle, and allow too many easy breaks. Also, in the attack, because of the lack of go forward, our ‘offensive’ kicks are from 40m at best. These issues will not be sold by JAC, we had speedsters Tedesco, Simona, JAC but still suffered from the same issues. IMHO, we need at least one aggressive experienced prop and 2nd rower (e.g. A Paasi, Heinrington), and then think of JAC, Staines, Drinkwater etc.

I think Hetherington would be a great signing and I still can’t believe there’s been no news about us chasing him. Not sure about Heinrington though, haven’t seen enough of him…

no news is good news
Or so they say

wasn’t there someone last week that said Hetherington had told both Manly and NZ that he wouldn’t be joining them? could mean it’s down to us and the dogs, but what’s the chances of him remaining at Penrith?

That’s correct. I think it’s a two-horse race between us and the Bulldogs, as he’s pretty much guaranteed to get a payrise and get more minutes on the field which is obviously what he wants. Hopefully Tamou is in his ear but who knows, he may really rate Barrett as a coach which if this is the case then he’s probably not too smart afterall.

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@TigerVinnie said in Departing players:

@Magpie1969 said in Departing players:

BJ has been a major disappointment.

Centre options in 2021

AD (Goal Kicker)

Mbye
Mono
Kei
Talou
Cini

Thoughts?

Think Noffo and AJ will be our wingers for 2021

I think BJ retains his spot, cant see him playing reserves.

I wouldn’t mind the following back line:

1 Mybe
2 Nofo
3 BJ
4 AJ
5 JAC
6 A.D
7 Brooks

I think that gives us a lot of height and speed down AJ/JAC’s side and then a lot of blunt power down BJ/Nofos. Would also mean AJ wouldn’t have to contest the high balls in defense.

Alternatively could play him on the wing and Talau in the centres with JAC fullback… Mybe misses out.

If we get JAC he’ll be given first chance to impress at fullback.

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Anyone considering Tolman obviously has no interest in seeing the WT make the 8. Just another plodder who is exactly the type of player we don’t need. I’m still hopeful we can snag Hetherington.

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@Papacito said in Departing players:

@4jtigers said in Departing players:

@Geo said in Departing players:

Dylan Smith (2018-20)
Smith joined Wests Tigers as part of its Development squad in 2018 and transitioned into the full-time squad throughout his time with the club. An Australian Schoolboy, Smith featured prominently for the club’s Jersey Flegg and Canterbury Cup squads in 2018 and 2019 and played in the sole reserve-grade fixture this year before the season was cancelled.

No idea why he was let go even without giving him a chance to show what he has with at least 2 first grade games… sad really

A huge fail.

We aren’t doing a lot of development like a Penrith or Brisbane where letting guys go is part and parcel.

You’d hope the few guys we do put money into at least get a shot.

Instead, we’ve wasted years of time and money.

Bradley and Cini could well be heading in the same direction.

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The topic guys, please stick to the topic. This thread is filling up with spam and will close if it continues.

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@Geo said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2020:

@willow said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2020:

@WswWt said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2020:

@jrtiger said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2020:

@Kazoo-Kid said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2020:

2021 losses: Harry Grant (Storm), Chris Lawrence (retirement), Benji Marshall, Oliver Clark, Matt Eisenhuth, Elijah Taylor, Robert Jennings, Dylan Smith (all unsigned)

bit dirty on ET and Eisenhuth being let go. both love the club and have sacrificed plenty. I know it’s a business and there’s plenty of planning and dollars involved, but both are squad players that would do a job for us for years to come.

Tough decisions are being made!

We need players who can dent the line and make post contact metres.

that’s going a bit far…

Lets start with catch/hold the football…

I’d rather run before walking mate!

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@WswWt said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2020:

@jrtiger said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2020:

@Kazoo-Kid said in WT Player Recruitment & Retention for 2020:

2021 losses: Harry Grant (Storm), Chris Lawrence (retirement), Benji Marshall, Oliver Clark, Matt Eisenhuth, Elijah Taylor, Robert Jennings, Dylan Smith (all unsigned)

bit dirty on ET and Eisenhuth being let go. both love the club and have sacrificed plenty. I know it’s a business and there’s plenty of planning and dollars involved, but both are squad players that would do a job for us for years to come.

Tough decisions are being made!

We need players who can dent the line and make post contact metres.

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@cochise said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@mikey said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@willow said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@mikey said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@willow said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

@mikey said in Wests Tigers - Who are we..:

Mission statements are hollow words issued by people who have no idea apart from a belief that an ideology will fix everything.
I’m not a communist and I’m not having a shot at religious people but do like Marx’s words - ‘Religion is the opiate of the masses’ - mission statements are the same. Hollow, meaningless words.
A better fix is to a put together a team with a goal and the will to work together to achieve it.

Tell that to the military and law enforcement agencies around the world. We use Mission Statements all the time, and we take them seriously.

You’re welcome to your point of view. My experience is the opposite.

Well I’m speaking from experience Mikey, as you are. Obviously we work in different industries with different mindsets. In my profession we do what we say and leadership is paramount to achieving any Mission Statement or Tasking.

I do agree leadership is vital but it needs to be good, rational leadership not mindless slogans and that is my point. I have met very few people who buy into Mission Statements because they don’t believe in them but clearly that is not your experience - and I respect that.

Usually when there is a lack of buy in it is due to the statement not truly reflecting the organisation and not being followed through with by leadership.

Consultation and transparency go a long way when writing and acting out on such things. The troops/players are the guys getting the tough stuff done, they need to know that they are being listened to and supported by management - so buy in starts with the boots on the ground - let them determine what they need to get the job done, go around the room/through the organisation and make sure everyone understands what the intent is, agree upon it, then get it done. Not hard but the right approach goes a long way based on my experiences.