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I thought Madge said Lucy was okay ?
Will be a tough few weeks

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@TheDaBoss said in Hey Ivan:

That was poor disciplined by him

I hope he cops a fine for it

He won’t. For some reason the media love him.
He’s a coward and a liar

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Cooper Cronk has warned Wests Tigers rookie revelation Harry Grant that his next career move could be the difference between him becoming an NRL great or a 100-game player.

The four-time premiership winner is adamant if he hadn’t landed at a club like the Melbourne Storm, he would not have been able to build a stellar 375-game NRL career.

And that spells bad news for the Tigers, who haven’t played finals football in almost a decade.

Just five games into his rookie season, Grant’s ascension has been stunning — the hooker is outright second on the Dally M leaderboard behind North Queensland’s Jason Taumalolo after seven rounds.

Grant is on loan at Wests from Melbourne, where uncertainty remains over the future of legendary hooker Cameron Smith and whether he’ll play on again in 2021.

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Harry Grant should sign with the club that has the best coach and players, according to Cooper Cronk.
According to Fox League expert commentator Cronk, if Grant is to fully reach his enormous potential, he should consider returning to the Storm even if Smith extends his record-breaking career.

“I’m happy to say on record that if I went to some other clubs I would have been a 100 or 150-gamer at best,” said Cronk, whose decorated career included four premierships with the Storm and Sydney Roosters, 38 caps for the Kangaroos and 22 Origin appearances for Queensland.

“But because I landed at [some good clubs] particularly Melbourne Storm at first … the work ethic and the resources they gave me, I was able to achieve things I never thought were possible.

“For Harry Grant, if the situation comes up, find the club that you think is going to make you become a better person and footy player.”

Harry Grant and a young Cooper Cronk.
Grant landed at the Tigers from Melbourne this season courtesy of a swap deal with outside back Paul Momirovski. He is contracted with the Storm until the end of 2022 and is seen as Smith’s successor, but it’s believed he can activate a get-out clause if the veteran hooker doesn’t hang up his boots.

“Frank Ponissi, the Melbourne Storm’s football director, has been quoted saying even if Cameron Smith goes around, Harry Grant will be coming back to the Storm. That’s a smart move on the Storm’s behalf,” Cronk said.

“What would my advice be to Harry Grant? He seems pretty comfortable at the Wests Tigers, he’s contributed to that team and have won a few games.

“But my advice to any young kid is, go to a club that is going to make you better than you think you can be.

Cooper Cronk celebrates with teammates and coach Trent Robinson after winning the 2019 grand final.
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“Through my career, the example that I have been a part of is good coaches, good clubs, good players can make you achieve greater things than you thought possible.”

Weighing heavily against the Tigers is the fact they haven’t played finals football since 2011. While in that time the Storm have won two premierships and three minor premierships, having not missed September football since 2010 when they played for no competition points as part of a salary cap penalty.

Grant has been a standout in the No.9 jumper for Michael Maguire’s side. He trails Dally M leader Taumalolo (11 points) by just one point after playing just five games.

The 22-year old’s impressive performances have left Tigers fans hoping that Melbourne skipper Smith plays on beyond this season and urging their club to do whatever it takes to retain him.

But even if Smith plays on, history may be against them.

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Cronk already in Harry’s ear about going to a “powerful “ club once his contract is up.
Probably end up at the Roosters one day .

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@Wounded_magpie said in Matterson the Grub:

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NRL PREMIERSHIP
June 25, 2020 12:49pm
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Ryan Matterson in action for the Eels
Ryan Matterson in action for the EelsSource: AAP
NSW coach Brad Fittler has told Blues hopeful Ryan Matterson to smarten up after the former Wests Tigers back-rower took a crack at his former club.

Matterson fired up on social media after the Tigers allowed versatile utility back Corey Thompson to sign with the Gold Coast Titans.

“Players’ player last year and they didn’t want to use you this year (raised eyebrow emoji). You are an absolute freak of a player and will kill up at the Titans,” Matterson wrote. Matterson had a bust up with Michael Maguire last season, and it led to him skipping training and forcing himself into a move to Parramatta.

The forward was a part of Fittler’s NSW Origin camps last year, featuring in game one as the 18th man> “I don’t know if it’s Ryan Matterson’s job to be getting on social media. That seems quite ridiculous to me,” Fittler told WWOS.

“Anyway, he’s a great little player. For whatever reason, Madge Maguire mightn’t have thought that Corey Thompson could be a grand final-winning fullback. That’s a decision that all coaches have in all different
“But he’s been extremely consistent over the last couple of years, Corey Thompson. I was a bit surprised he went as well. But they’re the decisions you make when you’re the coach.”

Fittler did, however, say that the Tigers were perennial underachievers.
It’s something Maguire has tried to change in his tenure with the Tigers and in recent weeks he has cracked the whip and dropped club icon Benji Marshall.
Fittler backed Maguire’s desire to strive for consistency, adding: “Teams need to know what it takes to actually be able to concentrate and play hard for 80 minutes.

“Not all players or clubs train at that level. Sometimes you get pushed around by teams and players, and they sort of pull against training hard, or at certain levels. When Des [Hasler] was talking about it, he’s really specific about training teams at certain levels.
“I know Michael Maguire seems to be that sort of coach, where he needs them at a certain level and maybe they’re getting to that stage, the Tigers. You can’t do it straight “It takes years because sometimes there’s just people that can’t do it, you’ve got to wait until you get other people to fill their shoes. It does take patience, but it takes hard work”

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NRL PREMIERSHIP
June 25, 2020 12:49pm
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Ryan Matterson in action for the Eels
Ryan Matterson in action for the EelsSource: AAP
NSW coach Brad Fittler has told Blues hopeful Ryan Matterson to smarten up after the former Wests Tigers back-rower took a crack at his former club.

Matterson fired up on social media after the Tigers allowed versatile utility back Corey Thompson to sign with the Gold Coast Titans.

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“Players’ player last year and they didn’t want to use you this year (raised eyebrow emoji). You are an absolute freak of a player and will kill up at the Titans,” Matterson wrote.

Titans have little to offerTitans have little to offer1:05

Matterson had a bust up with Michael Maguire last season, and it led to him skipping training and forcing himself into a move to Parramatta.

The forward was a part of Fittler’s NSW Origin camps last year, featuring in game one as the 18th man.

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“I don’t know if it’s Ryan Matterson’s job to be getting on social media. That seems quite ridiculous to me,” Fittler told WWOS.

“Anyway, he’s a great little player. For whatever reason, Madge Maguire mightn’t have thought that Corey Thompson could be a grand final-winning fullback. That’s a decision that all coaches have in all different positions.

NSW Blues player Ryan Matterson during a team training session last year
NSW Blues player Ryan Matterson during a team training session last yearSource: AAP
“But he’s been extremely consistent over the last couple of years, Corey Thompson. I was a bit surprised he went as well. But they’re the decisions you make when you’re the coach.”

Fittler did, however, say that the Tigers were perennial underachievers.

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It’s something Maguire has tried to change in his tenure with the Tigers and in recent weeks he has cracked the whip and dropped club icon Benji Marshall.

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Fittler backed Maguire’s desire to strive for consistency, adding: “Teams need to know what it takes to actually be able to concentrate and play hard for 80 minutes.

“Not all players or clubs train at that level. Sometimes you get pushed around by teams and players, and they sort of pull against training hard, or at certain levels. When Des [Hasler] was talking about it, he’s really specific about training teams at certain levels.

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“I know Michael Maguire seems to be that sort of coach, where he needs them at a certain level and maybe they’re getting to that stage, the Tigers. You can’t do it straight away.

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“It takes years because sometimes there’s just people that can’t do it, you’ve got to wait until you get other people to fill their shoes. It does take patience, but it takes hard work”

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@GNR4LIFE said in Twal:

@rah53 said in Twal:

He’s a very under the radar player in the NRL. His work in defence will be missed. I’m sure we’re all hoping it’s a minor strain.

Idk how underrated he is. People are starting to notice him.

Fittler is a big fan

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Yep - saw one of the Morris boys squat him away without too much effort