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Black Panther

Juniors
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Ison, Puru, Bradbury and Gabrael were all identified as high potential players. We haven't been active in this space for years. We have relied on the jnr base or journeymen who needed a shot (Toby, Sifa, Hunt etc). That excites me way more than a Lachlan Miller or CT especially due to us having really good kids already in the system(Stonestreet, Dykes etc) .

Now if we can develop 1, 2 of them and land a big fish. You can see the plan now for the retention and recruitment which is huge in this dysfunctional player market. Look at Gus over at the dogs for example or Flanno at the dragons.
Liam Ison will be a good player but needs a few more kegs on, was behind in the pecking order at the riff.
 

Craigshark

First Grade
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As others have said, Tracey was the perfect 18th man. I liked his games at fullback but good luck to him getting a longer deal. It’s exciting, as it means now if a winger or centre does go down, Iro and Stonestreet really are the next men up.
 

carinashark

First Grade
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5,361
CT gave us all he had every game. All he ever wanted was to get back to the Shire. Good luck where ever you go.
 

Special K

Coach
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Liam Ison will be a good player but needs a few more kegs on, was behind in the pecking order at the riff.
Here he is behind Kennedy, Dykes, Atkinson and Hiroti at a minimum. That isn't the point. The point is the club has been active in picking out high end 18-20 year olds and putting them on development deals instead of just putting our eggs on the jnr base like Taukamo and Stonestreet for example. I wouldn't expect to see Ison in the NRL next year but getting a talented player, developing him(plus others) shows the club has some sort of strategy for the player market compared to the wtf are they doing approach of others.

If one or two of the few I mentioned develop like Talakai, Rudolf, Hunt etc and become an NRL player it allows you to go try buy a big name like AFB. Most of them don't end up kicking on but you only need 1-2 a year on top of a decent squad.

You can't go out and buy a roster like the Panthers who look like they will be at the top for many years to come. You have to try and develop and add young talent to your roster to create space to land a big fish. Coaching and development for us is key now.
 

Stake Removed

First Grade
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9,491
We lost Chevy to Canberra last year, he is one who will play first grade next year, I have a gut feel he could be better then Kennedy when he makes his debut.

Dogs hae now see 3 centres leave the club from this year Averillo to Fins, the young kid to Panthers and now Gabrael to us.

They can go through a player
Here he is behind Kennedy, Dykes, Atkinson and Hiroti at a minimum. That isn't the point. The point is the club has been active in picking out high end 18-20 year olds and putting them on development deals instead of just putting our eggs on the jnr base like Taukamo and Stonestreet for example. I wouldn't expect to see Ison in the NRL next year but getting a talented player, developing him(plus others) shows the club has some sort of strategy for the player market compared to the wtf are they doing approach of others.

If one or two of the few I mentioned develop like Talakai, Rudolf, Hunt etc and become an NRL player it allows you to go try buy a big name like AFB. Most of them don't end up kicking on but you only need 1-2 a year on top of a decent squad.

You can't go out and buy a roster like the Panthers who look like they will be at the top for many years to come. You have to try and develop and add young talent to your roster to create space to land a big fish. Coaching and development for us is key now.
 

coolumsharkie

Referee
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26,526
Some dude on FB saying that Finucane's contract was front ended, freeing up about 350k in the cap this year. Any merit to this?
 

PJ

First Grade
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Some dude on FB saying that Finucane's contract was front ended, freeing up about 350k in the cap this year. Any merit to this?
I always thought it was front ended and dropped this year and more next.

Could be wrong and don't know the amount
 

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