Discussion in 'Parramatta Eels' started by Gronk, Jun 21, 2016.
Who are you, Stephen Hawking?
Sivo was horrendous. Fergo was out of form much of the year, and has been told he won’t be needed beyond 2021. Blake was probably the worst starting centre across the nrl. MJ has been stood down and chances are his playing days are over. Does anyone here not think we needed a quality back? I think we needed one even if MJ was free to play. Especially after we lost taka. I would of preferred a quality back over the likes of Cartwright.
Looks like BA ignoring need for backs will be the new catch cry now that we have hooking depth.
And given our apparent need for those hookers, where exactly were we going to fit in those extra backs?
Lack of backs is only an issue because of Menko
you are missing the point, it’s not how they performed but the fact we already have 4 starting backs contracted for 2021 so there is minimal chance of signing another definite top 13 starting back.
What makes you think we could afford Another one?
We did sign a centre to replace Taka, Opacic
For 2022 there is a good chance of us looking at signing a quality back as Sivo / Fergo are off contract and Mennings probably won’t be here.
And we have signed 3 back rowers hipgrave, Cartwright and Issac. And yes I know you will question these signings, but what makes you think we have the ability sign top 13 quality players when our top 13 is already contracted?
I said it at the time that I thought Re-signing Jennings with that 2nd year was a mistake, drug bust or no drug bust. The doping situation has just made a bad situation even worse. Oh well...
I think dollar for dollar Menko would’ve been one of our better performers next season. But it’s moot now especially if he were juicing
Yep, we'll never know...
No need to turn everything into an argument. Were you happy with the form of fergo, Blake and sivo last season?
Really??? His best posistion is fullback, don't see where he fit in our side. anyway. Centre is where we are weak Burns from Souths would of been a handy pick up.
Yep. Was insane signing tbh. Especially after the form he showed in 2018.
Bit like the coach.......
So if I asked you two months ago, just after our season ended, if we should chase Cartwright or a decent back, you would of answered Cartwright? Just because we have 4 already contracted that doesn’t mean we can’t chase one more. If they get disgruntled, they could always ask for a release like they always do... I’m not sure opacic is the answer. Nor am I convinced about Cartwright.
That's a bit premature.
Fergo was fine and I expect this season he’ll be somewhere between last year and 2019 performances after which he’ll move on.
Sivo was down but that wasn’t unexpected. Heaps of players have second year syndrome. If he gets back to 2019 form, great. If he doesn’t, at the very least if we keep him it won’t be breaking the bank.
Waqa offensively is good as long as he can keep his involvement up. Defensively he’s a problem but it’s been one year, hopefully this preseason we can fix his technique or decision making or both.
They’re here for another preseason and I think it’s an important one for BA to get right. Although I have a rumour that he’s probably safe until the end of his contract
I always try to get Penisini prematurely
So I take that as a yes, you were happy with their form?
Do you think Opacic is going to be noticeably worse than Taka?
Yep. Merkins complain our bench isn't strong enough but then expect us to fit eight first string backs under our salary cap.
Well if you need it boiled down to the simplest terms, Fergo yes, Sivo no and Waqa no. Would you be happy if we sacked them all? I mean anyone in the team in 2018 would be insane to keep right?
Jennings' second year would've made the first year cheaper. And given his form when he signed he was definitely still going to be NRL quality in the final year of the extension.
Separate names with a comma.