2018 Squad - Top 4?

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  1. SBD82

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    I agree that we are a long way behind them, but the way the roosters and the broncos played last night is nothing to aspire to.

    It's a very weak comp this year, and neither of those two teams would have come close to the broncos of 2015 or the roosters of 2013. Imagine if either of those teams played Melbourne last night.

    Which makes it even more damning that we are nowhere near the roosters or broncos this year.
     
  2. j0nesy

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    Yeah, I think you're right. Herbert couldn't be too far off either. Marsters and Lomax might be a year or two off. My team would be:
    Dufty
    Johns
    Aitken
    Lafai
    Garrick
    Widdop
    Hunt
    Graham
    McInness
    Vaughan
    Friz
    Thompson
    JDB

    Ah Mau
    Simms
    Host
    Field

    Sorry, no room for Mann. Good player, I just think we've got too many good juniors coming through.
     
  3. Crush

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    Defensively they were terrible but in attack both teams are lethal compared to "dragons footy".
    Dragons defensively are top 4 but we lack X-factor in attack. All the top teams have it. Storm have loads of it, Roosters and Broncos have it, Parra have it in Radradra.
    I wonder what the game plan will be next year with Hunt coming?
     
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  4. Crush

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    ALSGI, I see your point regarding Nightingale but I think he is an easy target because of his age. Its true, he needs to go and it is clear that he isn't fast enough to be a damaging winger anymore. BUT I am more disappointed with Lafai, Dugan, Milne, Mann, Macdonald. Why are or were these guys in the team? Look at the mistakes they made this season. Constantly dropping the pill, running sideways, getting dragged into touch. None of them are fast and all lack the consistency needed to compete at a high level. Did all of them have their good moments? Yes they did, all of them had some great games but mostly they were poor. And sometimes piss poor!
    Yes I know nightingale has to retire but these other clowns need to be replaced with talent in the backs such as the storm, broncos, roosters, parra all have in spades!
     
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  5. TomRedVRiver

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    I think of all our juniors in the backs, Lomax shows the most promise. Garrick has been solid without being amazing. I still think we're short in the centres however.

    The one that frustrates me the most is Field. He's clearly the quickest player at our club and has a lot of skill, but I can't see a spot for him in the backline over the next year or two. Unless he somehow puts on a bit of size to play wing or centre.
     
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  6. SBD82

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    I think you should be great defensively and in attack to be considered top 4.

    Storm are the full package this year. I don't think anyone else is.
     
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  7. Overseas dragon

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    Oh dear 2 more years of dragons footy doesnt matter if we sign ISRAEL FALOU and SONNY BILL .with mary and his cohorts in charge no chance of playing FINALS NEXT YEAR .
     
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  8. This Year?

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    I woke up with sticky fingers then realised we have the cumstain Mary as our coach, so we will be 9th in 2018. Don't dare entertain any thoughts of finals footy even if we are 1st on the ladder halfway through the season in 2018.
     
  9. Dragon for life

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    Should give Mann a crack at hooker! If you can't find a permanent spot in the backs why not give him a go. His defense is good so that shouldn't be a problem. He is pretty silky on his feet and could be a good option. I don't see why they have purchased him to warm the bench. Maybe even share the role with Mcinnes to see how he goes and can cover the backline if there are injuries. Just a thought but feel he needs to be on the field more.
     
  10. Maxwell

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    Nightingale is toooooo slooooow for NRL now , Mann should be in his place , good tackler, good defender. Look to future not behind us. But when you think about it Titans sacked their coach , weren't getting results they wanted and also was at logger heads with the plane Hayne, souths sacked their coach won a premiership 3 years ago , but Dragons last premiership 2010 under Bennett semi's 2011. Since then 2 f**kwit coaches 1 semi appearance and still have 1 off them coaching for another 2 years so how f**ked are our CEO and Board going . Total bullshit run club in the world I think.
     
  11. TomRedVRiver

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    In an ideal (dream) world, this would be my 17-

    1. Dufty
    2. Rona
    3. Mann/Aitken
    4. Lafai
    5. Garrick/Lomax/Herbert
    6. Widdop
    7. Hunt
    8. Vaughan
    9. McInnes
    10. Graham
    11. Frizell
    12. Thompson
    13. De Belin

    14. Lichaa/Field
    15. Sims
    15. Ah Mau
    17. Leilua/Host/Aitken/Mann

    - I would give anything to sign Curtis Rona for 2018. I also think it's time to shaft both Nightingale and Macdonald to NSW Cup in place of one of our speedy juniors.
    - I'm very supportive of the Lichaa pursuit, I think he could genuinely bring a lot to our squad playing his natural game.
    - That forward pack picks itself every week, one of the best in the NRL without a doubt.

    Throw a quality coach in there and top 4 is definitely a possibility.
     
  12. Life's Good

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    I still struggle to think we weren't Top 4 this year after the start we had. It's an absolutely wasted year based on the start and the level we saw that we could play at. Sure plenty of people have labelled this year as soft but who cares. We had a golden opportunity and blew it with at least 5 games dropped through lack of intensity. Even if we do make the Top 4 next year(I think we will be 7-8)what does it matter? We have shown from the failures of this year we can't lift when needed.
     
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  13. Overseas dragon

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    And I'm wondering if were stuck with this Leonardo da Vinci for 2 yrs more where's the cistine chapel should keep him busy for a while il put in to pay his fare .
     

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