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    John Morris - 2022 coaching alternative

    Putting aside the fact its 10 straight years with no finals, my focus is limited to where we are at right now and what I think we need to do to steady a ship that has gone way off course. There are two key points that I think most fans would agree on: 1. There are some very impressive young...
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    Nofoaluma is a great FB option

    This is not being spoken about anywhere near enough IMO. Yesterday I was watching a replay of the final rd game from the point Benji went off. At that point we saw FB Nofoaluma WG Talau & Kepoa CR Chee Kam & Lawrence 5/8 Doueihi 1/2 Brooks Nofa is our best attacking player. He breaks tackles...
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    What to do with Packer & Reynolds in 2021?

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/news/peter-sterling-doubts-wests-tigers-2021-prospects-following-disappointing-season/ar-BB19yumf?ocid=ob-tw-enau-1509488682993 This is a pretty comprehsive assessment from Sterlo. We've got no value from Reynolds & Packer and it would be a huge boost to the club...
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    Scott Drinkwater still available

    Is an outstanding fullback prospect stuck in the Melb Storm system. He is the brother of former WT Josh. He got a write up in the media last weekend but has not signed with the Cowboys as per some reports. Melbourne will release him before June 30 as long as they get a player back in return...
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    LIddle has got to play NRL for the rest of 2019

    It was noticeable as soon as he came on. He has a passing game that is second to none. He passes off the deck and he hits the first receiver on the chest 99% of the time. He's a dynamic runner. We don't have monster forwards which makes good service from the No. 9 important. I don't want to...
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    Right arm carry = play on Right side (and vice versa)

    There have been some pretty silly selections so far this year Robert Jennings has a right arm carry and a left arm fend. He's been picked at left centre and he comes back inside every time he gets the ball. He does this because he can't fend defenders if he gets on their outside and is easily...
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    What will Maguire do to the roster?

    There are 28 players currently signed for 2019 https://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2018/10/10/wests-tigers-provide-update-on-2019-nrl-squad/ Of those 15 are off contract at the end of '19 which is a pretty exciting prospect for an incoming coach...
  8. M

    Trade Ivan to Penrith for 2019

    WT need the following - clarity around their coaching situation - injection of new talent (up to 5 spots available on the roster according to some) Penrith need the following - Ivan to come sooner rather than later because nobody wants the Penrith role as caretaker for 2 seasons - Salary Cap...
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    June player movements

    OUT Felise McIlwrick adding to Suli + Milne (pre June) IN Clark Mbye Farah Garner Individually I've not seen enough of Clark to comment on whether he is an upgrade on Felise but I'm not disappointed JJ was let go. He's had a dozen or so games at NRL level and my impression was that he was...
  10. M

    Mahe Fonua to left centre

    Here's my reasoning - Kevin Naiqama is reliable but not a game breaker - There's some similarity between Nofoaluma, Masters and Fonua and together they could make a real impact running the ball out of our own end - Corey Thompson is having a significant impact in 2018 and its fair to say Fonua...
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    What is Lolohea ideal playing weight?

    I think he has a lot of untapped talent but he looks overweight on the TV. I thought it worth looking up https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2014/02/21/rising-star-lolohea-signed/ “I was in the high 90s (at the start of pre-season), now I’m 92kg. I haven’t been that weight in about six or seven...
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    Edge forwards 2018

    I think a backrow of Lawrence, Taylor and McQueen will get monstered week in, week out next season. Jesse Sue and Josh Aloiai have been shuffled between edge and middle over the past 18 months. It's not clear to me where they will end up next year? 2 players the club would do well to look at...
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    Kelly Egan interview - Fox Sports podcast

    https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode/?id=105160 At one point he says 'we're talking to edge players and fullbacks right now" Also concedes the club chased Gareth Widdop FWIW Cleary is managed by George Mimis and I think its no coincidence that many of the players we are chasing/have signed...
  14. M

    Proposed player swap - Tedesco for Blake Ferguson + Connor Watson

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-plays-hard-ball-on-salary-cap-as-woods-and-tedesco-blank-tigers/news-story/01b8e5135701443add36c463c5879219 Roosters and Dogs need to prove they are salary cap compliant before Tedesco and Woods contracts will be registered. Watson is looking at...
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    Nathan Cleary

    is under contract at Penrith however, his dad is up shit creek right now. If your dad was coach at Wests Tigers and you could seek a release from your contract to help him then you would. Its not unreasonable to assume that Ivan had similar ideas re Nathan because as soon as Brooks signed he...
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    Awesome Tigers podcast - Fifth and Last

    https://audioboom.com/posts/5727940-round-4-2017?t=0 These blokes know footy. One of them called the Tigers reggies game last weekend and had a lot of knowledge regarding players First 20 min assesses Tigers current predicament in some detail. One of the blokes said he had mail Matt Elliot was...
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    Ballin should be medically retired

    Nothing personal as he seems like a nice bloke when interviewed but the facts are these: - 33 years old - hasn't played in 2 years - doesn't seem all that confident in his knee holding up based on the media reports I have seen - would be on decent money (Manly covered his contract this season...
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    Des Hasler about to come on the market

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/canterbury-bulldogs-tipped-to-make-insane-decision-to-dump-des-hasler-20161012-gs0k8r.html The next 12 months are critical. 4 of the most talented players to ever strap on a boot at WT are all off contract at once. We need a coach who gets the...
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    Talent identification - clearly lacking

    Here is a list of players that Jason Taylor recruited at the start of the season Ins: Matt Ballin (Manly Sea Eagles), Jack Littlejohn (Manly Sea Eagles), Michael Chee-Kam (Manly Sea Eagles), Jesse Parahi (rugby union), Justin Hunt (St George Illawarra Dragons), Jordan Rankin (Hull FC), Josh...
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    Use 8 interchange for rest of the season

    Wests Tigers cannot make the finals so it makes more sense to prepare the squad for 2016. I can accept further losses if it helps the club long term. Planning the game time is a challenge. Assuming there are 4 props in a rotation you'd assume they'd use up 4 interchanges. Then i'd maybe...
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