McCullough

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  1. Dragonslayer

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    A lot of speculation there Possm.

    Just on B. Smith, whilst I believe he'd be a good option, if it came down to Cam moving on, however, just to be speculative on this, he may be asking too much $$$ wise and maybe not seen as a fit for what Hook is trying to build.
     
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  2. BLM01

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    They have. @TruSaint posted a tweet from the Dragons club about Cam getting the 2020 medal presented by a 16 year veteran loyal member.
    What more proof and inuendo do you need.
    Thats's Dragons communication right there.
     
  3. The calm one

    The calm one Juniors

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    If the club came out and denied every rumour that gets floated about, there would be a position vacant at the club. Rumour extinguisher
     
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  4. BLM01

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    There is a position vacant within the media department, actually maybe several
    Its called Communications Manager(s), ensuring the communication of meaningful club news content to its primary stakeholders before every other social or other media outlet does their job for them.
     
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  5. RedVDave

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    I think hook is trying to reunite the old Brisbane sign say hello to our next signing Gerard Beale.

    On another note if McInnes does leave (which would be a damn shame) that would mean everyone we have made captain in the last 4 years has left us. So I'll nominate Corey Norman being our next club captain.
     
  6. possm

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    If McInnes leaves, I'd say that Sims should be our next captain. Norman's contract will not be extended no matter what.

    I'd like to see B Smith from the Storm be our replacement hooker even though he may be a bit more expensive than McCullough.
     
  7. hewi

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    My feeling is McInnes won’t be with us this season. I hate to see him go but they can play Hunt or Billy Britain there and with McInnes going it’s a lot of money freed up. As for Captain I know he is young but the future is Lomax.
     
  8. getsmarty

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    How Dragons’ McCullough bid could send loyal McInnes to a rival and trigger an NRL chain reaction
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    Cameron McInnes looks on following the Dragons’ loss to the BulldogsSource: Getty Images
    While it might not scream deal of the century, news of Andrew McCullough’s potential move from Brisbane to St George Illawarra has the ability to cause some ripples across the transfer market.

    None more so than for the Dragons’ best player in 2020, Cameron McInnes.

    The 26-year-old hooker, who was called into the NSW squad for last year’s Origin series, almost carried the Dragons single-handedly through the back end of the year after the departure of Paul McGregor.


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    Cameron McInnes looks on following the Dragons’ loss to the BulldogsSource: Getty Images
    Off-contract at the end of this year, McInnes is a target for the Wests Tigers and has a close relationship with Michael Maguire from their time together at South Sydney.

    Canterbury and the Gold Coast are all likely to be looking for new hookers come November 1 this year. The Warriors and possibly Manly too.

    It’s a good time to be McInnes and he is sure to be inundated with offers. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is the beating heart of St George Illawarra.

    There’s a suggestion, though, that the 26-year-old wants his future sorted sooner rather than later, preferably by the end of this month.

    And there’s a catch. He’s yet to receive an official offer from the Dragons, and the pending arrival of McCullough is unlikely to be greeted with his signature toothless smile.

    The decision to pursue McCullough is, for the most part, a bit of a head scratcher.



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    Former Dragons coach Paul McGregor celebrates with Cameron McInnesSource: Getty Images
    Firstly, he’s had terrible luck with injuries in the past 12 months. He’s 31 in a fortnight, doesn’t offer a great deal of variation or impact from the bench, and there’s talk of a two-year deal in the offing.

    Some might ask would it not be wiser to secure your prized asset and player of the year in McInnes before signing someone in direct competition?

    The Dragons would no doubt counter with the fact that McCullough has already been paid a quarter of his $600,000 per year wage.

    The Cameron McInnes contract scenario at St George Illawarra is the first real test for new Dragons coach Anthony Griffin as the club pursues Brisbane's Andrew McCullough :eyes:

    :writing_hand: James Hooper

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    — Fox League (@FOXNRL) January 18, 2021
    So there’s a deal to be done on the cheap if the two clubs agree a way to split the last year of his contract.

    Similarly, there are those – including Dragons new coach Anthony Griffin in Monday’s Daily Telegraph – who will say McInnes can play lock.

    Griffin, unlike McGregor before him, now has a seat at the Red V’s recruitment table and has previously worked with McCullough at the Broncos.

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    Coach Anthony Griffin and Andrew McCullough at the BroncosSource: News Corp Australia
    But there are also Jack Bird, Jackson Ford and perhaps Jack de Belin, at the Dragons who would be preferred options to don the No. 13 jersey.

    While the story being spun out of Brisbane is that they don’t want to lose McCullough, the fact is the Broncos are quite happy to.

    Simply due to the fact McCullough – and his big salary leaving – frees up some room on their cap. Brisbane’s cap isn’t in great shape. It’s why they’ve had to shop in the discounted goods section by bringing in guys like Ben Te’o, Dale Copley and David Mead.

    They also have hookers in Jake Turpin and Cory Paix on the books, while Issac Luke has been training with the squad during the off-season.

    That would in turn allow Billy Walters, son of coach Kevvie, to head to the Broncos and unite with his father.

    There’s a whisper that the Broncos, who wouldn’t see Billy play until at least Round 10 due to his knee injury, view him as a utility who could come on and slot in as a half or hooker.

    The Tigers, however, want a player in return. There’s a suggestion that they were keen on rookie Broncos fullback Reece Walsh to which Brisbane said no chance.

    Either way, the future of McCullough could have big ramifications and not just for the Dragons, but across the competition as a whole.

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/1bc35fe9c75499ef009f1b87167dacd7
     
  9. Dragonslayer

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    Just on McCullough, although he has played his career almost exclusively as a hooker, he has played at NRL level as a 5/8, a 7 and as a lock. Not suggesting anything here as 99% he plays as a hooker, however, i did find this interesting. In fact when he did play as a lock, Norman was fullback, Hunt initially named on the bench but started at 7 with Peter Wallace named at 7 but played at hooker. The Broncos were creamed 56-18 by the Warriors.
     
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  11. possm

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    There has to be more to this story that has not been made public as yet.
     
  12. BLM01

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    Yeh there is ..more repeat story telling
    Just a rehash and a combination of what has been reported
    Least George Clarke gets his name in the paper
    @possm .you could make up your own juicy story extension to this one.
    Actually I think you already have :)
     
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  13. Forbes Creek Dragons

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    A bit more, probably quadruple.
     
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  14. Blood&Bandage

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    What about Billy Britten
     
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  15. Forbes Creek Dragons

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    I’d rather him tha Macca at this stage of their career.
     
  16. to_ddeath

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    These rumblings re our grumbling spine members suggest that Millwart and Haran should’ve been moved on when Webb swept through the football department last year.
    Both of them must have unshakeable links to Illa board members & can’t be turfed.
    This negative media talk is mostly on them IMO.
     
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  17. lynx000

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    Just a further bit of background about Hook and McCullough. Hook was the coach of the 2008 Broncos U20 team that made it to the GF but were beaten by Canberra in golden point extra time.

    Halfback in that team was Ben Hunt, the hooker, none other than Andrew McCullough. So the association between all three goes back a long, long way. it was also Hook when he was coaching NRL at the Broncos that first tried to turn Hunt into a hooker/bench utility.
     
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  18. RedVDave

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    Corey Norman was the 5/8 as.well I believe.
     
  19. Forbes Creek Dragons

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    I’d rather just keep McInnes
     
  20. lynx000

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    No he came a bit later, the 5/8 was Jared Kahu in that side.
     

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