Mid season Dally M predictions

Discussion in 'NRL' started by I Bleed Maroon, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Pedge1971

    Pedge1971 First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Messages:
    5,004
    Likes Received:
    2,538
    Agreed. But did they really realise what they had?

    All last year after the kid signed to go and this year as well some Cows fans here tagges his defence as weak and his positional play at fb as well. Which was prob fair judging his limited nrl experience.

    But they must have seen what the kid could do as a playmaker or did they? Really dont know. I get them keeping guys/legends who won a comp but questions should be asked after this year. Paul Green and coaching staff especially.

    Then Ponga comes out in 1 pre season with the Knights with a blank piece of paper (lets face it we are f**ked the kid had free reign) and in pre season they were talking about shit he was doing which was nice but we have heard it all before with rookies.

    What he has done at the Knights this year is way above expectation. More than good enough to say his pay cheque was a bargain. Then desperate Kev takes him in Origin and parks a Ferrari in with the Tata minibuses. Kid still kills it and the defence barbs of the past are smoked.

    As a Knights fan I am clearly stoked we have the kid and in 30 years we have only seen the likes of him once at our club.

    In terms of Dally M he will win it one day. I hope with our club but if he does not, I dont really care. Give me a premiership (alright a farging finals appearance will do for now!) then I will be forever grateful to Kalyn, Paul Green and the Cowboys.

    Rant over. Thanks.
     
  2. AJB1102

    AJB1102 Bench

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2015
    Messages:
    2,536
    Likes Received:
    2,028
    Nah not sure they knew he was that good. But they had proven players I guess to prioritise unlike Knights. My main point though was Cows didn't just "let" him go hands up without a fight. If they could go again now they'd probably bid more. I reckon Sharks would go harder for Ramien right now too, also reckon Ramien would be asking more.

    Brown (and/or Mooney) are doing well recruiting tomorrows talent today.

    Wouldn't say Ponga has lived up to expectations/price tag yet. His scalp will be top prize for defensive coaches when they play Knights for a while yet.
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2018
  3. Canard

    Canard Coach

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2005
    Messages:
    19,094
    Likes Received:
    3,894
    He has been pegged as a star from the age of 14.

    He likely would have played quite a bit of NRL in 2017 if he hadn't signed with the Knights in the pre-season and agitated for a release (Especially the claim that the Cowboys didn't care about his "welfare").

    To offer a 19year old 700k+ would have completely f**ked our cap for years.

    I've never begrudged the kid taking the $$. Good on him, When he is winning premierships with Broncos or Roosters in 5 years time, that's when I'll bag the guy.
     
    Pedge1971 likes this.
  4. mozza91

    mozza91 Bench

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    4,744
    Likes Received:
    3,858
    I reckon we’ll hold on to him or at least move heaven and earth tryong to. Our problem has always been getting the player here in the first place. Once they’re here they’re here they’re usually happy to stay.
     
  5. Maroon4life

    Maroon4life Juniors

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2013
    Messages:
    1,445
    Likes Received:
    176
    Ponga won’t stay at Newcastle, has no connection to the place and it won’t be successful enough for him to hang around.
     
  6. Jimmy Clark

    Jimmy Clark Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Messages:
    159
    Likes Received:
    55
    Agreed, I think Ponga will end up back in QLD at some stage.
     
  7. Maroon4life

    Maroon4life Juniors

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2013
    Messages:
    1,445
    Likes Received:
    176
    Knoughts will have to pay MASSIVE overs his entire career to keep him
     
  8. mozza91

    mozza91 Bench

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    4,744
    Likes Received:
    3,858
    He loves the place. He seems a different type of character. Origin wasn’t a big deal to him, he openly stated that it wasn’t that hard.

    I don’t think he’s a mercenary like the majority of footballers. Plus we’ll do just about anything to keep him.
     
  9. Vic Mackey

    Vic Mackey Coach

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    16,850
    Likes Received:
    5,919
    Not a mercenary? Mate lets be serious, he went to newcastle because they were probably double what anyone else offered.

    He loves the place, what do you expect him to say? 'Yeah its a bit of shithole but will do for now i guess.' What recruit hasnt spoke in glowing terms about the club/city they've gone too?

    None of this is a crack at him, he's a professional sportsmen doing/saying what they should.

    Unless Newcastle become a Premiership threat in the next 2 years I'll be shocked if he hangs around. The Roosters and Broncos will come up with some ridiculous scenirio that gets him there for $400kpa less then the Knights are offering.

    As an NRL fan i would hate this to happen but lets not pretend in all liklihood it wont.
     
    Life's Good likes this.
  10. mozza91

    mozza91 Bench

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    4,744
    Likes Received:
    3,858
    The Broncos aren’t really that much of a glamour club anymore. The aura of Wayne has faded and they have to pay good money if they want someone now. See Milford and Bird. So I don’t see them as a huge threat.
    The Chooks are more of a threat but not everybody likes Sydney. Overpriced, shit traffic etc.
    I honestly see a rival code as more of a worry than a rival club tbh.
     
    Vic Mackey likes this.
  11. Albert Rosenfeld

    Albert Rosenfeld Bench

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2007
    Messages:
    3,002
    Likes Received:
    316
    Victor Radley is a rookie. He is the Dally M Rookie of 2018.
     
  12. Canard

    Canard Coach

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2005
    Messages:
    19,094
    Likes Received:
    3,894
    Uncle Wayne won't be there by the time his contract is up.
     
  13. blaza88z

    blaza88z Coach

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2010
    Messages:
    10,557
    Likes Received:
    2,409
    Newcastle will be doing well to retain Ponga, especially if they can't come up with a team good enough to challenge for a premiership
     
  14. 9701

    9701 First Grade

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2010
    Messages:
    5,274
    Likes Received:
    264
    But at least he played in a Knights team good enough to beat the Broncos this year :)
     
  15. Noname36

    Noname36 First Grade

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2010
    Messages:
    6,949
    Likes Received:
    736
    It’s actually a positive thing that Ponga hasn’t walked into a side that’s pushing for a premiership now. The kid is in his first year of FG and has already played Origin FFS. You want him having something to still work torwards and be hungry for because otherwise he has “I’ve achieved all I can in the game” Union/AFL convert written all over him.

    He really seems to like Newcastle a lot though and has enrolled in uni there so he obviously has no plans on going anywhere for the next few years at the very least...and who knows where the Knights will be then. They improved a hell of a lot with just one season of purchases and the wheels only fell off due to injury. Who knows where they’ll be in 4 years time but as a fan I’m looking forward to watching them develop with Ponga.

    I suppose it’s a salt thing everyone so quick to say he’ll leave the Knights but he’s under contract for 4 years so either way we get him for the most exciting part of his career.
     
  16. perverse

    perverse Referee

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2005
    Messages:
    21,635
    Likes Received:
    959
    Yeah, it's just weird how everyone is so keen to tell us he's going to leave every opportunity they get to mention it. He's with us for another 3 years at least, then who knows where our team is at. It's like no-one can fathom us being competitive ever again. We once thought that about Souths and the Sharks, too.

    We're on a good trajectory at the moment despite results since Pearce's injury. Kalyn will continue to be a big part of that for a long while yet. Enjoy the show.
     
    Dave_, Haffa and Noname36 like this.
  17. Last Week

    Last Week Juniors

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2015
    Messages:
    2,397
    Likes Received:
    715
    I suppose the suggestions for Ponga leaving comes from him most likely demanding a bigger contract, topped by third party deals. Deals that I'm sure you yourself have said in the past that Newcastle have absolutely no chance of competing with.
     
  18. Pedge1971

    Pedge1971 First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Messages:
    5,004
    Likes Received:
    2,538
    Didnt everyone say he would never go there in the first place?

    But do tell...
     
  19. Canard

    Canard Coach

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2005
    Messages:
    19,094
    Likes Received:
    3,894
    Ponga's first year of first grade was 2016.
     
  20. Noname36

    Noname36 First Grade

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2010
    Messages:
    6,949
    Likes Received:
    736
    I meant his first proper season.
     

Share This Page