I think Penriff should let Parramatta win as we have Melbourne number....
Reynolds and Capewell joining what is already shaping to be a decent side will have Brisbane competing for 5-8th next season. The Top 4 is still clearly out of reach with some of these other teams in the fray, but a finals berth is absolutely where we expect to be next season.
Souths didn't let him go. We offered him one year, he wanted more. I would have offered him longer but paying overs for aging players has burnt us in the past so I understand the club's point of view there. Good luck to him. He goes with every Souths fan supporting him. Hopefully his departure spurs us to a premiership.
As far as the Broncos go, they need to understand that Reyno is icing. He is solid and consistent - the gap between his best and worst is very small. He ices the end of sets, creates space for his backs and kicks consistently well under pressure. However, if you don't have a 6 or 1 to take advantage of what he does, you won't see the benefit that Souths have. Tyson Gamble is not that guy. Nor is Katoni Staggs (from a ball-playing point of view). Souths have gone well with a fast creative 6 outside him (Keary, Walker). If they don't find that they won't get the vast improvement they're hoping for.
This is a game of semantics. We did let him go. A one year deal for an elite player is not serious. And the argument that he could be comparable to Burgess or Inglis is absurd. Explosive power doesn't age well into your 30s. Sam's dynamic strength game and Inglis' agility and speed at his size were never likely to last in their veteran phase.Souths didn't let him go. We offered him one year, he wanted more. I would have offered him longer but paying overs for aging players has burnt us in the past so I understand the club's point of view there. Good luck to him. He goes with every Souths fan supporting him. Hopefully his departure spurs us to a premiership.
I said I would've kept him longer. But the club obviously felt that a long contract would've run the risk of losing the next generation, so be it. They have their nose to the grindstone, we don't. The last thing you want is bloated contracts for aging stars or you end up like the Dragons (sorry). Our spine save for Latrell are all the same age and the last thing we want is to be all like the Aussie cricket team and lose them all at once. Personally I would've moved on Cook first, but so be it.This is a game of semantics. We did let him go. A one year deal for an elite player is not serious. And the argument that he could be comparable to Burgess or Inglis is absurd. Explosive power doesn't age well into your 30s. Sam's dynamic strength game and Inglis' agility and speed at his size were never likely to last in their veteran phase.
Reynolds is more like Cam Smith or Cooper Cronk. He has never been and never will be the fastest or strongest bloke on the field. That provides some limitations but it is also why that style is far more likely to perform at 33 and 34 and 35. It is ridiculous that the club let the experiences with Burgess and Inglis cloud their judgment for a player who could not be more different.
We were a top 4 side and have lost top talent like Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess, John Sutton, George Burgess, Luke Keary, Angus Crichton, Issac Luke, etc - and have remained a top 4 side.
We have lost plenty of other first graders now at other clubs like Adam Doueihi, Cam McInnes, Api Koroisau, Corey Allan, Nathan Brown, Hymel Hunt, Jack Gosiewski, Sifa Talakai, Tyrell Fuimaono, Mawene Hiroti, Connor Tracey, Tom Amone, Bailey Sironen, etc.
We have brought through from our juniors guys like Cameron Murray, Keaon Koloamatangi, Campbell Graham, Alex Johnston. Guys no-one but Souths fans have heard of.
We have made astute lower-grade signings like Damien Cook, Cody Walker, Tevita Tatola, Taane Milne, Hame Sele, etc and seen them improve.
We have picked up some top-tier signings as required like Latrell Mitchell, Jai Arrow or Benji Marshall.
The next generation of Blake Taaffe, Lachlan Ilias, Peter Mamouzelos, Davvy Moale, Jaxson Paulo have all made their NRL debuts and shown plenty.
Reyno is a loss, no doubt. As a half he's of vital importance, and as I said, I would have kept him longer. But the good clubs manage these transitions just fine.
I think he did get an offer of two years in the end but by that point he'd gone to market and the offers were too good and for longer with other clubsIf I was a Souths supporter I would be absolutely furious at management letting Reynolds go;
* Top tier game controller
* Highly experienced, guided the team to it's first premiership in 43 years.
* Kicks goals like El-Masri
* Decent No7s at a premium in todays NRL, basically rare as shit.
* Biggest of all IMO...he's a ONE CLUB LOCAL JUNIOR.
Not giving him the 2 years he wanted when he is still excelling at the top level is disgusting, if Manly did that to say Menzies in 2005 or Toovey in 1997 I would have handed in my membership.
I think he did get an offer of two years in the end but by that point he'd gone to market and the offers were too good and for longer with other clubs
I wish he'd retire with us but I understand him taking the big money at this point
In the end its a balancing act. We have some talented young players who won't stick around if Reynolds were to stay on. And it could go completely tits up or set us up for the next five plus years. I think that we managed to get through GI and Sam Burgess retirements is promising for the clubs ability to manage these situations
Yeah I agree. Can only trust that the management and coaches know what they are doing hereReplacing your premiership halfback is hard.
For PENRITH after 07 when Gower left to 2016 when Cleary debuted we went through (from memory).
Soward and Wallace were pretty good for us (Soward carried us to a prelim in 2014 in our adversity year, but no man can carry Will Smith at five eighth).
It took a decade to get a long term game manager back in our side.
Lockyer retired in 2011 and they've failed so badly at replacing their game manager. they're taking yours.