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2020 Squad Analysis

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by Saints Forever, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. BLM01

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    A keeper...na...unless much less money
    He was available from Nov 1 2019...no one appears to be lining up for his services ....
    As I said before it is funny how desperate they get when the NRL scrapheap beckons
    We need to move on from him
     
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  2. Dragon David

    Dragon David Juniors

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    Aitken's move to left centre, methinks at the assistant coaches' insistence and their ability to coach him better than Mary, has improved his performance skills and as such, I wouldn't be surprised to see him signing up with us again for at least another year. Hopefully the assistant coaches can get him to practise a lot of passing the ball/offloads.

    I think that his improvement is from better coaching rather than a contract thing with us.
     
  3. Dragonslayer

    Dragonslayer First Grade

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    Aitken is becoming our quintessential roadblock in every position he plays.
     
  4. getsmarty

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    Yep...Williame I.M.H.O a much better option at left centre...
     
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  5. Stan Gorton 2511

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    When is Williame due back?
     
  6. Dragon David

    Dragon David Juniors

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    I'm getting peed off to see other clubs securing or bringing into their teams big boppers (one example is the Eels bringing young Stefano Utoikamanu in the game against the Knights on Sunday. At 192cm and 115kg, he is a lump of a lad). Who do we have to bring up - Blacker?
     
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    boardlumps62 Juniors

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    I'm remembering when he stood up Greg Inglis to bust through and score a try at right centre. Never seen that again did we not when on tv anyway and I think I watched every match he has played.
    We need some of these juniors to shine.
     
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  8. BLM01

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    That’s the problem everybody remembers one incident
    like the media are notorious for this
    If he’s a young up and comet he’s gonna be a future superstar and looks like a great player or
    If he’s an existing player they are spruiked as origin ready
    The list goes on and on with one incident is enough to Judge a player.. drives me crazy
    And re Aitken try he beat a not fully fit Inglis who was still recovering from injury early in the season
    I’m waiting for Matt ikaluvu from the roosters wing last night after scoring 5 tries how he is probably the next hottest property on the market as can’t get a go in first grade
     
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    Great to see Ikuvalu score 5 tries last night, doesn’t happen too often. At the same time too I don’t think he ran more than 10 meters for any of them. Cows were woeful again and surely Green is just about gonski??
     
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    We should get him while he's still a shoe salesman. Can Saab do that we might have to wait too long I prefer we found those solid built shoe salesman like Pereira mm ature but not the best out there.
     
  11. BLM01

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    yeh Green..another one.
    Will take the limelight again away from our poor performing coach...might even take it away from Siebs if they get a win
     
  12. possm

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    We need a healthy mix of established first-grade players and highly skilled first-grade ready former juniors in our NRL 17. Norman, Lafai and Aitken need to go. Ravalawa needs to play centre in reserve grade. Saab and Pereira need to lift their game if they want to be selected in first grade. For me, Dufty is a five-eighth and should prove he is in resrve grade. So for the remainder of 2020 I would have a backline of:
    1. Ramsey
    2. Ravalawa
    3. Lomax
    4. Willimame or Feagai
    5. Saab
    6. Dufty or Sailor
    7. Clune
    9. Hunt
    13. McInnes

    Say goodbye to Lafai and Aitken at seasons end.
     
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    Ravalawa needs to play centre in reserve grade: selected on the wing.
    Saab needs to lift his game if he wants to be selected in 1st grade: selected on the wing.
     
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    george have you heard how young Schilleris settling in, this kid has caught my interest
    James has bulked up and will be playing for Corrimal when the comp starts
    I have him pegged as our long term FB safe as houses under bomb and size with speed.
    I see Ramsey as our winger.
     
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    So, atm we have 27 players of our required 29 (by August 2nd), 28 if you include Lafai (because he's unofficial atm)

    Backs (11) - Clune, Hunt, Williame, Norman, Aitken, Saab, JP, Dufty, Rava, Sailor, Lomax

    Forwards (16) - Brittain, Lawrie, McInnes, Blacker, JDB, Ford, Host, Lovodua, Kerr, K. Sims, T. Sims, Vaughan, Merrin, Fuimaono, Frizell, Ellis

    I would say that the final 2 spots will come from the boys in the DS group. Ramsey being 1 and maybe 1 of the Feagai boys. That would give us the required 29. By doingvthis they could also bring back into the bubble SSE and H. Lomax.
     
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    I would say that Williame is a better left centre and that if Aitken is moved on, there would be a better chance of attacting a top grade left centre. Aitken can't pass or set up his winger.
     
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    Dragons confirm Kaide Ellis signing
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    Mon 13 Jul 2020, 07:47 AM

    St George Illawarra have confirmed the signing of Penrith Panthers forward Kaide Ellis for the remainder of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership season.

    Ellis – a former Holden Cup, Canterbury Cup NSW and NRL State Championship (of which he was man of the match) winner – will join his new Dragons teammates this week.

    The 23-year-old Dubbo product has played eight first grade games to date, all with the Panthers.

    Dragons director of rugby league pathways and list management Ian Millward said Ellis's inclusion for the remainder of the season was key for the club's depth.

    "Kaide is a very formidable figure and has been a standout in the Canterbury Cup over the past few seasons, and all the while has always being on the periphery of first grade selection," Millward said.

    "Kaide comes with high credentials in regard to his attitude and work ethic and will be a good inclusion to our squad character-wise.

    "Kaide was off contract with the Panthers and we have now presented him an opportunity to put a stake down at the Dragons moving forward. The key for the Dragons was to find a back-up behind our current squad."

    The shortened season and current wave of injuries throughout the NRL competition have contributed to the difficulty of signing players mid-season, according to Millward.

    "Clubs at present are reluctant to let players go due to the current wave of injuries throughout the competition, while the players themselves are nervous because there's no reserve grade at present," Millward said.

    "Another challenge is that a lot of other clubs are still looking for players themselves. We fielded phone calls from the Raiders last week, as an example, who too are short on middles while we're on the phone to 14 other clubs trying to do the same thing.

    "It's a cycle in the NRL at the moment. Clubs are in constant dialogue as they look to secure the required 29 players before the August 2 signing deadline."

    https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2020/07/13/dragons-confirm-kaide-ellis-signing/
     
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    Millward on Ellis recruitment
    Dragons director of rugby league pathways and list management Ian Millward discusses the signing of Kaide Ellis from the Penrith Panthers, and provides a wider update on the current Dragons squad.

    https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2020/07/13/Millward-Ellis/
     
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    what was the outcome of the jacks earlier court decision, last week
     
  20. Forbes Creek Dragons

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    I think it’s finished a few days ago and the judge will have a few weeks to review. I would say it’s going to trial. They just have to confirm a date.
     
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