James Graham.

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  1. ouryear

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  2. TruSaint

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    We lost Packer, gained Graham. I think we've gained an advantage, no disrespect to Packer. I think Graham will bring more enthusiasm, do more hit ups, add more variety, and overall put more effort in. He won't be as effective in the power game but I feel if our current forwards stay fresh and a bulked up Lawrie and/or Latimore (Allgood - can't tell yet), a better Sele and Host this void is somewhat covered.
    Time will tell. I just feel he'll be a good signing.
     
  4. Life's Good

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    What funny about this is the bent finger. The day he had the blow up vs. Souths he got marched for abusing the ref & pointing the finger at him in disgust. Since then, Graham is still vocal to the refs BUT with a bent finger like that makes it tolerable.
    The bloke is an out & out competitor & I can’t wait to see him in red & white.
     
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    Actually what’s more impressive about how he’s handled himself with refs after that famous incident is the fact that when he talks to refs, particularly with contentious calls, he deliberately holds his hands behind his back. Shows a rare ability in a footballer to actually learn. It’s shows he’s thinking about what he does. It’s a friggin long time since anyone in a Dragons jersey looked like they were actually thinking about what they were doing.
     
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    Just like last year I expect us to be in a battle for the 8. The games vs. Knights, Rabbits & Dogs were one that got away. I suspect if we had Graham we win all 3. That’s his on field competitiveness. He won’t have lost any of that.
     
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    As it turns our we have the funds to have kept Packer and signed Graham. A prop rotation of Vaughan, Graham, Packer and Ah Mau would have made our forward pack equal to any in the competition. We did not need Allgood and Latimore. Lawrie and Kerr would have been sufficient as backup from reserve grade. A very strong line up of props.
     
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    I heard/read that Wests are playing Packer 800K a season. We definitely should not have competed with that.

    Packer also went to play under Cleary, who he played under, when Cleary coached the Warriors and he will also be playing with one of his best mates, Ben Matalino.
     
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    Packer for 700-800k or Allgood + Latimore for minimum wage? I know which one I prefer (the one which gives us cap space for a new outside back)
     
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    muzby Village Idiot Staff Member

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    isn't that picture (bent finger) the actual souths match in question?

    since that date he's kept his hands behind his back when talking to them..
     
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    That is the match but I have seen him bend the finger since(as well as arms behind the back). He can do it all.
     
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    Multi skilled as well as multi tasking :thumbsup::thumbsup::grinning::grinning:
     
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    You are right frank.
    Also they offered him a 4 year contract we only offered 2 years.
     
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    800k ? Per season ? I find that hard to believe.
    Doesnt stack up.

    No way after his return to footy should he be on that coin.
     
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    Gets bigger every time the story comes up!!
     
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    I thought the reported figures were around 600k a season for 3 years for us and 750K a season for 4 years by the Tigers?

    Whatever the true figure it's a shame we lost him, It may end up a good call, would of loved to have bit longer,
     
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    We would have easily got him for 500k if we signed him in Nov-Jan. We waited until Wests were wanting a replacement for Woods and by then it was all over red rover.
     
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    Would have missed Graham in that case I reckon.
    Happy enough with the end result.
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    Attitude and passion personified ......bring it on!
     
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    All hail the Antichoke:
    Fox in the Dragons' henhouse hopefully
    Feathers will fly & the weak perish ASAP
    No more of this pissweak jellyleg mental stuff JDB
    Go for the throat Big Red
    Chokers exit right
     
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