Dufty and Aitken set to leave

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  1. Coffs dragon

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    That's not a clean out, it's a wipe over! Until they get rid of the Peanut coach ...McExcuse , then they can't be serious. The 1st player released should be Lafai then daylight 2nd!
     
  2. matPORTS

    matPORTS Juniors

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    I don't think Aitken has been the 'flavour of the month' for any Dragons supporter this year (or even the last couple of years for most of us).

    But, in my opinion, there is still some potential upside in his career no doubt. The fact that McGregor (whom played centre at the very highest level) hasn't been able to accelerate his career (a player whom had such big wraps upon coming into grade in 2015) is an absolute travesty and further example of his inability to develop our juniors.

    Aitken may well end up at a club like Manly in some sort of mutual swap deal... thinking back to the rumors of them looking to offload Dylan Walker + possibly shed others in order to maintain cap compliance - a consequence of DCE's big salary and the potential re-signing of the Trboijevic brothers. You can bet that someone like Des will get the best out of him (plus didn't Des make a play for him while at the Bulldogs a couple of years back?).

    Further - what is the end game with all of this? Are we making a play for an established fullback and/or winger (on the assumption that Lomax is going to take a centre spot permanently)? The problem, as mentioned earlier in this thread - Dufty and Aitken both have contracts. The only way this is going to work is if another club(s) is willing to pick up their contracts, and it will likely involve 'player swaps' to cover the balance of contracts etc. On Aitken and Duftys current form other clubs coming to the party, while not impossible, is far from guaranteed.

    As much as McGregor has to go regardless, if we can't shed some of the deadwood (and there are more who should be moved on apart from these two) then its even more reason as to why he should be moved on. Only so much you can polish a turd (in reality you can't at all).
     
  3. hazzbeen

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    Lafia , Aiken , Rav , if used in a way that can benefit the team , I'd keep Dufty , Field are players that have speed to burn , in a team that is crying out for speed ..... But no way Supa Doopa coach knows how to use them .... Example we are losing by 20 points and he throws Dufty on for 3 minutes ....
     
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  4. Slackboy72

    Slackboy72 First Grade

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    I cant wait until they're at the dogs and tearing us apart while we're paying ¾ of their salary.
     
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  5. muzby

    muzby Village Idiot Staff Member

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    McGregor: “Ok Matt, the plan is: get on there and do that try scoring that you did against the Roosters. But do it 3 times”

    Dufty: “But we need to score more than 3 converted tries to win”

    McGregor: “Okay, so do it 4 times”

    Dufty: “You can’t score 4 tries in 3 minutes”

    McGregor: “Of course you can, the’re not off kicks”


    **siren sounds**

    McGregor: “f**king Dufty. Didn’t follow the plan”
     
  6. Dragon_psa

    Dragon_psa First Grade

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    Because he must have some incriminating photos of McWrecker.
     
  7. R&WTILLIDIE

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    Yep...I’m still scratching my head about that one. Not good enough to be at the club next year, but this year, you’ll be in first grade all year.
     
  8. Gareth67

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    “ Oh we of little faith “ - this must be the beginning of the overdue clean out of players and as others have said finally the coach ! “ Hallelujah brothers - jump for joy as the time is upon us “ MAYBE . . . . .
     
  9. JohnnoMcJohnno

    JohnnoMcJohnno Juniors

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    Disappointed to see Dufty go. Has provided the only exhilarating moment in our attack this year, and is pretty much the only player we have who can score a long range try.

    Not sorry to see Aitken go. Should have been dropped a long time ago.
     
  10. giboz71

    giboz71 First Grade

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    As much as we love bagging Aitken, it wouldn’t at all surprise me if he improved under a good coach.

    He might even learn to pass and mark up on his man.

    The way Hasler has transformed Garrick who was just as clueless defensively as Aitken, then anything is possible.
     
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  11. sco22

    sco22 Juniors

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    It’s all about what the coach can do with his players. And with McGregor it’s zero as everyone can see. Except the board and journalists.
     
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  12. West coast dragon

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    Apparently manly are in for aitken too
     
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  13. Old Kogarah Boy 1

    Old Kogarah Boy 1 First Grade

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    Yes but they should start at the top ................. and let the new coach select who stays or goes.
    By the club letting these players go would have to mean that McGregor is staying put for now.
    Very dissappointing news overall if you read between the lines.
     
  14. Old Kogarah Boy 1

    Old Kogarah Boy 1 First Grade

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    cENTRE oF eXCELLENT.jpg
     
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  15. Blood&Bandage

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    You’re correct, you can’t polish a turd.... but you can roll it in glitter.
     
  16. qld redvee

    qld redvee Juniors

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    R & W -- Unfortunately like I have posted elsewhere our 2 centres of unexcellence are there all year as we have no alternatives to put in their places -- Maranta is a centre in CC if that gives you any confidence . Marsters wont be picked as he is going to the bunnies and Lomax who is in line for fullback ?? has to make do on the wing such is our strength or lack of out wide .. On a positive note I would hop we are chasing a "big name" player to replace Aitken duffty . But I also wait for the next shipment of journeymen to replace the marantas etc
     
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  17. giboz71

    giboz71 First Grade

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    Well, they are in the top 4 with names like Brendan Elliott, Reuben Garrick, Brad Parker and Cade Cust gracing their backline.

    Hasler doesn't need big names to succeed. If anyone can transform Aitken, Des probably can.
     
  18. possm

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    Both of these young players should go to ESL. A good life experience for them.
     
  19. possm

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    We should have signed Hasler when he was available. The Board and those fans who favoured Mary have egg on their face.
     
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  20. qld redvee

    qld redvee Juniors

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    SBD82 thats my major worry with our upcoming cleanout . If we have to stump up some coin for players to go elsewhere then it impacts on our ability to sign quality instead of journeymen .. Point in question say Pearson we signed him for 2 years do we keep him ? or more importantly who would take him with minimum cost to us if there are NO takers guess what we keep em in our top 30 !!! Great strategy I dont think so
     
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