Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights' started by LeagueUnlimited News, Jun 3, 2018.
Exactly this. We get excited by someone who isn't completely shit.
I'm actually a little excited about Denniss. He's still very young and growing into his body. I think in 2-3 years he'll really learn what he's capable of physically and will gain confidence in what he's doing out there.
Not ready to write him off at all.
Dennis is 20 and has a hell of a lot of filling out to do.
He'll be a very big unit and an absolute handful in a season or two. Another 6 kgs (or more if he carries it) and he'll be as heavy as Corey Oates. Same height too. Not a bad prospect if that's how the club sees his path to firsts atm.
Not sure what you want to see but players develop at different rates and he is doing just fine. Made an error or 2 the other night but we've had big name players on massive money in our back line that have done that every week for years. He's not first grade fit yet nor as strong as he could be and the pace of the game catches him out a little but he's done well the past 2 weeks.
Give the bloke some time.
Denniss is proving that he can handle the defence in first grade, which is enough for me. He may not offer too much in attack at the moment, but when we have a bit of spark and creativity in Pearce, Ponga and Watson, he doesn't need to do it all on his own. Just be ready for when those three create the opportunities for you.
I'm not trying to shitbag Denniss into the ground, much like Lamb I just don't see a lot to get excited about other than he hasn't been terribly shit. He'll be miles behind at least 3 options we already have for next year, and that's not even counting Ross who is also on the books until 2020.
I understand the reservation but at this stage I am flagging what I see as potential, not current ability.
I think size and speed (that chase on the weekend had him as the only Knight making up considerable ground on the attack from the other side of the field) are attributes that you can't coach into a player and is something we have not had an abundance of in our back stocks in general over the past few years.
I get we are bringing in one of the most talented rising stars in the game in Ramien, Sione is developing into his Centre role now that he has been given a chance to hold one position for the whole season, Moga is an unknown factor for next season - we are looking better than we have. But we have always bemoaned our depth in the backs at this club and I think he has shown there are the building blocks for a serviceable first grade back that is developing through the ranks and it does enthuse me...I'm a glass half full kinda guy
The other point I'd make is that he is not just a Centre for mine - I see him also being a competing Winger for our first grade squad as Spot On flagged above in the mould of a Corey Oates or Ferguson(without the baggage) so his value as a competing depth player across the backs is also something positive about his potential.
Is he our game breaking, win it on your own type of player (ala Ramien) probably not for the next 18 months in his development - does he have the potential to develop into a solid first grade versatile back that will be reliable, play his part in a competitive team and be a relatively cheap player in salary cap terms...I think there is enough scope there to be keen to see how he develops.
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