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Rumoured Targets 3

PhilGould

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SYDNEY ROOSTERS TARGET NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS STAR DAVID ARMSTRONG

The Roosters are trying to sign exciting young fullback David Armstrong from the Knights with Newcastle desperate to retain the flyer.

Armstrong has caught the eye of a host of clubs after starring as he filled in for the injured Kalyn Ponga in recent weeks. His timing could not be better with the 23-year-old off-contract at the end of the season.

The Knights have put in an offer to keep Armstrong and remain confident that he wants to remain in Newcastle. The challenge for both clubs is that there is no natural starting spot in the No.1 jersey with Ponga and James Tedesco the respective first choice fullbacks.

Complicating the matter has been a lack of clarity too in who is managing Armstrong with multiple agents having acted on his behalf at one time. Now that issue has been resolved, expect Armstrong to make a decision.

KNIGHTS MAKE PLAY FOR DOLPHINS RECRUITMENT GURU

Newcastle have made a play to sign recruitment guru Peter O’Sullivan who is likely to leave the Dolphins at the end of the season.

It is understood that O’Sullivan is now in the process of deciding if he will return to his former club St George Illawarra or link up with the Knights in a bid to push them towards a premiership title.

What is clear though is that the man largely responsible for building up the Dolphins roster is unlikely to be at the club next season.

Both Newcastle and St George Illawarra have tried to woo O’Sullivan in recent weeks. He is considered the game’s best talent spotter.

The job at St George Illawarra is much tougher but he has links to the club having started his career at the Dragons.

Newcastle has its own appeal with that roster much closer to premiership success.

 

Rod

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Not sure why the Chiefs couldn't release Tyrone before June 30 given the absolute best case scenario for them is their season finishing on June 22, but in any case November would give him a full off-season and presumably still help us lock down Leo.

As usual we remain basically in the dark as to how much cap money we actually have. We keep hearing how we're close to maxed out for next year and then there's talk of young guns like Talagi and Pezet.
 

Woody90

Juniors
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SYDNEY ROOSTERS TARGET NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS STAR DAVID ARMSTRONG

The Roosters are trying to sign exciting young fullback David Armstrong from the Knights with Newcastle desperate to retain the flyer.

Armstrong has caught the eye of a host of clubs after starring as he filled in for the injured Kalyn Ponga in recent weeks. His timing could not be better with the 23-year-old off-contract at the end of the season.

The Knights have put in an offer to keep Armstrong and remain confident that he wants to remain in Newcastle. The challenge for both clubs is that there is no natural starting spot in the No.1 jersey with Ponga and James Tedesco the respective first choice fullbacks.

Complicating the matter has been a lack of clarity too in who is managing Armstrong with multiple agents having acted on his behalf at one time. Now that issue has been resolved, expect Armstrong to make a decision.

KNIGHTS MAKE PLAY FOR DOLPHINS RECRUITMENT GURU

Newcastle have made a play to sign recruitment guru Peter O’Sullivan who is likely to leave the Dolphins at the end of the season.

It is understood that O’Sullivan is now in the process of deciding if he will return to his former club St George Illawarra or link up with the Knights in a bid to push them towards a premiership title.

What is clear though is that the man largely responsible for building up the Dolphins roster is unlikely to be at the club next season.

Both Newcastle and St George Illawarra have tried to woo O’Sullivan in recent weeks. He is considered the game’s best talent spotter.

The job at St George Illawarra is much tougher but he has links to the club having started his career at the Dragons.

Newcastle has its own appeal with that roster much closer to premiership success.


They sure do love taking a swipe at our outside backs don’t they?
 
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I mentioned a while back the Knights should throw the kitchen sink at Peter O’Sullivan. Will be a milestone appointment. This guy appears to know all the tricks to getting a winning roster together.
 

Woody90

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O’Sullivan would be a great get but I reckon he’ll go to the Dragons or Souths given history with the Dragons and Bennett.
 

Burwood

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What ever happened to the off-field salary cap? Wasn’t it a things years ago that clubs could spend $X on support staff etc, and then had a 10% penalty or something for any money spent over that much?
 

Burwood

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You’d think with the rumours this week of the club chasing a couple of young halves for 2025 that the current blokes might have aimed up. Embarrassing.
 
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The spine besides Ponga is diabolical.

If the cap situation is accurate there are a few players in the roster that need to be moved on if a play for any quality is to be made.

there's a core of quality in the roster 8-10 players, the rest are bottom 8 players.
 

macavity

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The spine besides Ponga is diabolical.

If the cap situation is accurate there are a few players in the roster that need to be moved on if a play for any quality is to be made.

there's a core of quality in the roster 8-10 players, the rest are bottom 8 players.

unfortunately as much as I love the bloke Brails looks cooked too.
 

perverse

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unfortunately as much as I love the bloke Brails looks cooked too.
Good at the narrow band of things he is good at, but incredibly one-dimensional as a player. The best hooker we have, but teams aren't doing any homework on him week to week, it'd be a waste of their prep time.

We don't have a threat out of dummy half, and most of the good teams do.
 

aqua_duck

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No one in our spine (aside from Armstrong) offers any sort of running threat, Brailey is solid and offers good service and defence but isn’t any sort of threat out of dummy half. Hastings and Cogger for me are the same player, they’re both serviceable at best organising style halfbacks, the best halves these days can both organise and offer an individual threat as well, elite 5/8ths have fullback/centre level running games.
 

Woody90

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Let’s face it, when it comes to halves in the short term we’re utterly f**ked. Our current halves are obviously not doing the job and there’s very little on the market. People talking up Pezet…I’d have him over our current halves no doubt but IMO he won’t move the meter significantly. We might be able to get him early now he’s done his ACL if we give them a forward.

We need to focus on trying to develop some proper halves. Do we have any that look promising in the junior grades? Id be throwing all we can into them and sacrifice winning games at junior level to focus on skill development.
 
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