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Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights' started by Coby, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Loose Cannon

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    An 800k per season, 300% upgrade is a perfectly realistic demand from a 29-game veteran!
     
  2. Knight Vision

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    lol
     
  3. Burwood

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    The article words it as “a 3-year extension”, so best case scenario is he’s chasing an upgrade on the remaining year in 2021 and the $3.3m is spread out over 4 years. That’s still $825,000/yr which is crazy money for a rookie.
     
  4. PhilGould

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    Think you misread the article, that figure is referring to Tedesco
     
  5. Coby

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    We've got a halfback that can't kick. Do we really want to supplement that with a 5/8 that can't pass?
     
  6. Burwood

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    haha true- had to read it a couple more times to see who they were referring to. :oops:
     
  7. Knight Vision

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    or kick, or organize a team
     
  8. Zoidberg

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    Until we hear about a new signing I’m trying to think of making the best of what we have.
     
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    Lino a contender for the Raiders. I don't expect us to re-sign him anyway.
     
  10. Spot On

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    Good luck to him.
     
  11. Jono078

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    I think I know what article you read and I think you may have read it wrong, because that was my first thought too. Positive they were talking about Tedesco.

    edit: Whoops, wasn't on the last page - already been addressed!
     
  12. slotmachine

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    Mann and Watson don't have a pass between them.
     
  13. Old dog

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    Get used to it either Mann, most likely, or Watson our 5/8 for 2021 and possibly beyond with the other 14, we have few options, need o sign a prop/middle forward, new or King, need to sign a back up hooker, Randall or Huth so not much space numbers wise and how is the budget.
    I personally, on what’s available would be having a serious look at Flanagan on a two year, option our way for third, not serious big money, plays ok, young, kicks goals and could be our 7 after Pearce is gone. Not sure we have young players pushing for halves positions and am including Crossland, he is still a work in progress
     
  14. Yosh

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    Eh? We have Crossland and Hoy who can play five eighth. They might not be better players but they still have some claim to the six jersey.
     
  15. Spot On

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    The search continues...
    Imagine going beyond 2021 without a no 6. Nathan Bown x 4 yrs and O'Brien will have had 2 yrs. Six years to fill a spine position. What are we doing wrong?

    Surely we can find a RL player somewhere in the world to play 6.

    FFS.

    What a disgrace.
     
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  16. Knight Vision

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    I think in the Brown years it was a matter of just do what we can and build the roster with what we have available.

    It was pretty bad remember.

    God have mercy if Watson is our 5/8 and Mann is average at best even during a breakout season for him.

    The other choices are 2 rookies - 1 of which is a fullback.

    All of the above are not what is required for Pearce to thrive.
     
  17. Spot On

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    Yes, it was bad but he had a chance to rebuild the spine and had millions to do so.

    But, he give Pearce a million a year, bought a utility back to play hooker and for some reason thought Connor Watson could play 5/8 when he can't pass or kick.

    Tick for taking a chance on Ponga though.

    We didn't address the spine too well under the Brown years. Cost him his job.

    O'Brien now faces the same problem going into his 2nd year. Yes, Brailey shoukd make a difference but the coach needs a whole new style of play if this side is to progress in 2021.

    Need only look at the style of footy being played the past 2 weekends - and it does not suit us AT ALL.

    Quick, fast ball movement, quick leg speed by the big boys in the middle, defenders who hit low and hard when needed (see Mlb and Penrith completely dominate their opposition by doing this ie Canberra still looking for Papalii and Tapine = missing) which is now becoming a feature of defence, passing from all players, edge backrowers who can attack, offload and pass, halves with varied and pinpoint accurate kicking games, variation in attack etc. Repeat sets are King and we suck at this. Absolutely pathetic.

    All the things we did not have this year.

    The style of footy played pre wrestle era is back ... and we need to change to that.

    Not sure if we have the roster for that unfortunately.
     
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    Another issue is we don't really attacking from within our own half. The teams that played on the weekend love to put on plays, use short side raids or shift quick from around their own 40m line which catches teams napping, we only attack from the red zone when defences are more alert and the fullback can push up and create an extra number in the defensive line, to compound things even further our horrific short kicking game doesn't allow us to build pressure through repeat sets
     
  19. Spot On

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    Yep, that is why I wrote that repeat sets are KING.

    How does O'Brien fix that problem, remembering Pearce is now 300 games and 15 years into his career????
     
  20. NoSchitSherlock

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    Brown had a thing for Lamb and Lamb was thrust in too early with too much pressure. AOB seems a bit the same with Hoy.
     

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