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

  1. oldmancraigy

    oldmancraigy Coach

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    So you prefer Taka as our first choice backup centre?

    Opacic has FG experience, decent backup option with size and speed.
    Papali'i is a very useful middle forward. Hard runner and decent workrate off the bench. We had no thrust in the middle apart from our 'big 3'. Nice addition.
    Lussick. Better than Davies or Stone at hooker? Surely.


    Who else would you have signed as depth players? This is exactly what a team wants, guys who are experienced and can step in if required.

    You'd moan if we won the comp about how we didn't win by a big enough margin. Give yourself an uppercut!!
     
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  2. hineyrulz

    hineyrulz Post Whore

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    LOL!! Like i'll ever have to worry about that with Bea Arthur in charge. Thank goodness we got to play the disgraceful Donkey's in week 1 last year otherwise he'd be 0 and 7.

    And as i said to Delboy you want to get excited about these signings good for you, doesn't mean every has to. We were all told by the footy doyens that it wasn't the coaches fault our squad was nowhere near good enough and we massively overachieved earlier in the year. Can't see any of these blokes making us a contender.
     
  3. hineyrulz

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    And here comes Mr Happy.
     
  4. emjaycee

    emjaycee First Grade

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    Given i predicted a finish between 3rd and 6th, i don't think i have ever said we over achieved in 2020 and I have definitely never suggested BA is brilliant. Our top 13 is good enough to win a comp however it does take 17 players each week and to have 17 players capable means a decent squad of 30 is needed. These 3 signings bring us closer because Iceman is likely going to offer more than Kevans and the depth signings Opacic and Lussick definitely strengthen positions 18-30. Not sure about you but I would rather have Joey Lussick step in for Rheed than Stone, Smith or Davis.
     
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  5. Noise

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    Happy with the signings. A backup hooker has been needed for 2 years and Papali'i will be good off the bench. Still feel like we need a good centre to replace Mennings - Opacic better be the backup. I'm hoping Lane moves to the bench and plays more middle and less minutes next year, which means we need an edge forward - I don't think Papali'i is good enough to be our main left edge back rower.
     
  6. emjaycee

    emjaycee First Grade

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    You reckon these 3 are weaker than Evans, Davis and Gennings?
     
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  7. Stevie

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    It must be that time of year where we start turning on each other after another non premiership year.

    Oh yah! :joy:
     
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  8. hineyrulz

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    We've been turning on each other in here the last 34 years, it's the only good this club is really good at. Besides spoons and disappointment.
     
  9. hybrideel

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    My thoughts on Reed not running much is that it's due to our game plan of the halves standing wide. It is much easier to throw a 15-20 metre pass off the ground with your feet and body set in position than it is when you are running forward engaging the defence.
    If our halves stood a fair bit closer to the play the ball or we ran the forwards off Reed directly more often, I think he would engage the markers a lot more
     
  10. IFR33K

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    Excuse my ignorance, but is that the Lussick that suffered a major injury to his neck some years ago?
     
  11. hineyrulz

    hineyrulz Post Whore

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    Our top 13 is good enough to win a comp???

    Both our wingers, Blake and our down hill skiing halfback have questions all over them IMO, let alone the coach and his staff. I'd argue i think we are further away from winning a comp than we were last year.
     
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  12. Barry O'Speedwagon

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    Not sure, but he has played solid week in week out footy for 3 seasons. Something rang a bell after reading your post, but maybe it was more of scare on the field, rather than a serious injury (or maybe it's Stefano's brother that we're both thinking about).
     
  13. Gronk

    Gronk Moderator Staff Member

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    Nope.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Lussick

    Australian Schoolboys
    Eels NYC
    Roosters reggies
    Manly Reggies
    Manly NRL debut
    Salford for past 3 seasons. Played 60 games.

    He’s 25 in December.
     
  14. T-Boon

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    He was a highly regarded junior. Back when we signed Darcy a lot of people (well one person I heard) suggested we signed Darcy so that we could get Joey. It wasn't worth it.
     
  15. Chipmunk

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    Well 27-30 are less than minimum, some sort of rookie wage I think it's referred to.

    Who says only player 23-26 can be minimum wage?

    The Kiwi bloke is probably worth more than minimum. They other two aren't.
     
  16. Gazzamatta

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    Wasnt it Harrisons(edge forward who didnt work out ?) younger brother that wrecked himself?
     
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  17. hybrideel

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    Are you thinking of Blake Harrison, who had the water skiing accident?
    I get confused between them as they both seem to be cases where we signed the older brother to get the more highly rated younger brother, and in both cases they were shit signings
     
  18. Noise

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    And then there was the time we got the younger but shit Folau.
     
  19. strider

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    I remember Papali steam rollimg 3 or 4 players to score a match sealing try this year against the broncos maybe? ... Thought it was impressive ... But surprised he didnt seem to be a regular in the team
     
  20. Joely01

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    There’s some whispers getting louder on social media in regards to us signing the Fox... interesting if this is to happen cause I know he was keen on the fullback role, don’t think he would get that here.
    Interesting how our backline would look next year if MJ does miss the year and if we sign Ado Carr and now the signing of Opacic (who I believe will put some serious pressure on a starting position)
     

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