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Discussion in 'Parramatta Eels' started by Gronk, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. Poupou Escobar

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    They also have massive advantages in recruitment and retention that mean they don't need as much luck either.
     
  2. TheRam

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    No he didn't if he wanted quality. Jack maybe simple but he is a quality defender and runner of the ball. So Sticky's punt was will Jack be good enough to be a quality link man and did he have a kick in him? As it turned out he did. But Ricky must have seen enough of him at training to know that he did. The only real gamble then would have been will he be able to produce it in real game time? Which he has.

    As for replacing him with a winger from the Warriors, by all accounts he had a great attitude at the Warriors, but RTS and a couple of monster men were in front of him on the flanks.

    But from the moment he arrived at the Raiders apparently he was a shoe in to be picked in the team from the way he handled himself and what he showed at training. Also it was reported that before they signed him, they asked around at the Warriors and the reports came back that he should be playing NRL but his path was blocked at their club and that he had a great character to make it if he got the right opportunity.

    The difference, we already know what French has delivered in the NRL for us and we have no issue at fullback or 5/8th. So why would you take a risk on a player that maybe a total dud again other then a very basic backup type of contract and make him earn his place? BTW I don't think he would come here on that type of contract, so that is why I say no way to French. We don't need a fullback. That is our strongest position along with Junior in the front row.

    We need a centre, one or two middle forwards, depending on how our younger bench kids progress and a 2nd dummy half that can play at least 20-30 mins NRL standard. If we can also pick up a speed merchant to go on the flank it would be a bonus. Especially if Sivo has a lack luster lazy 2021 like he did this year.

    If we can do all that and Moses recaptures his form then dare I say it, we are serious title contenders if our coaching staff has changed enough and the new guys are up to speed.
     
  3. Matty Bhoy

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    I’d happily taken Naden. I think he’s an excellent player. Big, strong and knows how to score.
     
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    The combo wasn’t working. It was there for all to see. Don’t make out as if it was a master stroke by BA. Brown has been tipped by many to have a great career. Plus it could also be debated Norman should of been punted after his second or third infringement. You tend to have a fascination with glorifying BA. Punting an average to decent player with a history of issues isn’t anything to gloat about.
     
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  5. TheRam

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    Why is that? We can recruit whoever they recruit. They actually have a disadvantage. They have no juniors, we have thousands to pick from in our own back yard. We just don't know who they are though. They are smart enough to work out who the best are from NSW, QLD, NZ and the Pacific Islands.

    We on the other hand have struggled at this big time and are just now showing signs of SOME improvement. So maybe their LUCK comes down to the best talent scouters and best coaches?
     
  6. 84 Baby

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    I agree with you, just saying Wighton is a successful precedent.
    Going the French/Gutho route would be an all or nothing gamble for BA. One with quite long odds
     
  7. Joely01

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    So you think moving a 20 year old 5/8th would be a better option?
    Or our best player at fullback moving to Centre and weakening fullback? (one of the key positions these days)
     
  8. Gazzamatta

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    Maybe Ive got it wrong but I seem to recall Mahoneys promotion to NRL was a result of our 3 hookers becoming unavailable and it was a case of play Mahoney or someone who wasnt a 9. Lots were calling for his inclusion but it looked like it wasnt going to happen until DeGoise, Kritchard, W Smith were all unavailable. Im sure someone will correct me if Ive got that wrong.
    Yes BA took a punt with Drown but Im not sure he had much choice with Rheed. And the rest they say, is history.
     
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  9. Joshuatheeel

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    yes injuries in the second half of the year helped him get a started of the bench. By the last few rounds however he was getting the starting spot over King.

    but the risk was in 2019 (not 2018) where he picked Mahoney as our top hooker after only 9 games.

    Additionally it was in conjunction with a rookie half.
     
  10. Gronk

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    Not only that, they built a reputation of being winners during the time they were not cap compliant. They emerged from that with a squad relatively in tact and were still hard to beat. The competitive advantage was maintained via their phenomenal spine (they only lost Inglis) thereafter with comps and also recruitment.

    Today players will go to Storm for unders because of the reputation that was built during the stacked roster years.
     
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    So it was King not Smith. Fair enough. I wasnt 100% sure. Ta.
    To my way of thinking the enormous risk was going into 19 and 20 without a back up hooker and expwcting him to play 80 each week when the kid had only made his debut via injury late in the previous season.
    We were also very lucky given Rheeds injury this season and it coinciding with the Covid break.
     
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    And they'll stay at the Storm for unders when their families are settled in Melbourne. It's their only option. Meanwhile wherever Parramatta players are living, they're a short drive from at least half a dozen other clubs. They can take an extra $50k a year and their kids don't even need to change schools.
     
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    Whilst the backup hooker is an issue that is yet to be addressed, going into 2019 I don’t think we expected to lose all 3 of of our hookers.
    Actually a prime Kaysa would be quite good off the bench in the current squad. Just tell him to run for 20 minutes.
     
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    I think they should change State of Origin to State of Currency and give obscene bonuses to the NSW players. And no the Victorians don’t get a team. That’d give the top players reasons to play for one of the 100 Sydney clubs
     
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    How are Hughes and Hollis developing?
    Why did Gus give Haze such a wrap. He looked so weak and small in his debut.
     
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  16. hindy111

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    Miks just made 5k by picking a Storm vs Panthers grand final back in March. Cleaned up. He even shouted me a 3 piece feed at KFC to celebrate. I just went the regular. Didn't want to be greedy.
    He knows his football mate.
     
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  17. Poupou Escobar

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    Yeah in his 19 games at fullback he won 10 (53%), all before he turned 23. In his 28 games on the wing we only won 12 (43%). He has also scored plenty of tries. His strike rate is nearly as good as Sivo's:

    French 35 tries in 47 games (0.74 per game)
    Sivo 37 tries in 46 games (0.80 per game)
    Gutherson 44 in 114 (0.39 per game)

    We need to take risks to compete with the big boys, and improving our attack at this stage means adding speed to the squad.

    We need speed in the team, which French would provide, plus we might not be able to find an NRL quality centre to replace Mennings. In that case we need to manufacture one. Dylan Brown is best at running and tackling. He wouldn't be the first spine player to spend the early part of his career in the outside backs. When Gutherson was Drown's age he had only played four NRL games, and three of those were on the wing.
     
  18. Poupou Escobar

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    He looked a lot bigger than I remember him. His go forward actually wasn't too bad, and he flattened Gagai. We haven't seen that sort of hit from one of our edge defenders for a long time.
     
  19. hindy111

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    Moses had 8 try assists compared to 25 the season before. He had his worse season in his career. I doubt that happens again.
     
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    Moses had 8 try assists compared to 25 the season before. He had his worse season in his career. I doubt that happens again.
     
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