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King-Gutho94

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Wasnt Bennett quoted as saying he dosent spend big money on props? Hes almost in the Gus Gould mold for telling porkies.

Bennett and Gould are similar they are smart, arrogant and cunning thats why they always clash as well. Gould and Bennett working together at Penrith would never had worked.

Sometimes they get too clever for their own good. I would prefer Bennett over Gould though.
 

Poupou Escobar

Post Whore
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Wasnt Bennett quoted as saying he dosent spend big money on props? Hes almost in the Gus Gould mold for telling porkies.
Do you think there was big demand for Bromwich? If not there was no need to pay him big money. The Dolphins could have made loads of signings if they were willing to pay stupid money, just like the Bulldogs.
 

Poupou Escobar

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The article from SMH which I posted in other thread quotes 650 p/a for Jesse, 2 Yr deal.
If true, it's pretty reasonable for that level of leadership and experience. At his peak the best middle forward in the game. If he was 27 now he'd be worth $1M+

Since then he has declined physically but improved his leadership and experience. What's he worth?
 

emjaycee

Coach
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Can someone that's subscribed to the telly post the new article on Penisini?

NRL 2022: Parramatta Eels teammates reveal scary new nickname for Will Penisini​

Rugby league history is littered with talented teens who couldn’t turn a cameo into a career - does Parramatta’s Will Penisini have what it takes to avoid that trap?

David Riccio David Riccio

@DaveRic1
2 min read
January 22, 2022 - 11:56AM
News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
https://12ft.io/api/proxy?ref=&q=ht.../2745da37937b4627f3e3db85a102b38d#share-tools
Exciting Eels centre Will Penisini has been answering to a new name over summer.

“Will Penisini is a beast. We’ve been calling him ‘Young Mike” at training,’’ Parramatta captain Clint Gutherson said.
“The way he moves, he’s so similar to (Michael) Jennings. Will’s got the same build as Jenko (Jennings).
“If you had to split them, Jenko may have been a bit lighter on his feet and a little bit faster.
“Whereas Will has got a little bit more power and strength, but no doubt the similarities are there.’’

The flick pass that put the NRL on notice last year.

The flick pass that put the NRL on notice last year.
Gutherson’s comparison to Jennings – the former NSW State of Origin and Test centre – is music to the ears of Parramatta fans after a torrid off-season that has included the club’s painstaking bid to hold on to their best talent.
Luckily for the Eels, Penisini is locked in until 2023 as he prepares for a long future in the blue and gold.
A graduate of the prestigious King’s School in Sydney’s west, Penisini was signed by the Eels on a development contract at 14 – just four years after his first junior league game. His name has been in the black book of Parramatta’s coaches ever since.
TIME TO DELIVER: The Parra player who must step up
The 19-year-old showed he was up to playing NRL with five appearances in first grade last season, with two semi-final matches gaining him valuable experience.
His emergence into a regular starting spot in the Eels backline in 2022 is never more timely after the exits in the off-season of outside backs Blake Ferguson, Michael Oldfield and Jennings.
Will Penisini has been dubbed ‘Young Mike’ in reference to Michael Jennings. Picture: Grant Trouville

Will Penisini has been dubbed ‘Young Mike’ in reference to Michael Jennings. Picture: Grant Trouville
“The way he goes about his business, for such a young kid in only his second pre-season, he’s come back in great shape and doing some damage already,’’ Gutherson said.
“He’s still learning and finding his way with week-to-week NRL.
“That’s the hardest thing as a kid, playing week to week with consistency.
“For a young kid to be doing what he did at the back-end of last year in huge games it’s pretty special.
“He managed five games at the back-end of last season, but to be able to play 26, 27, 28-games, that’s a different story and we’ll have to manage that.’’
The Eels skipper confirmed positions in the backline were up for grabs in 2022.
“Alongside Will, we’ve still got Waqa Blake, Maika (Sivo) to come back (between rounds 10 to 12), Tommy Opacic, Sean Russell and Haze Dunster, who also played a lot of footy for us last year.

“It gives us some healthy competition at training.
“To be able to push for that spot with Maika out for the first few rounds, there’s going to be two spots up for grabs for starting wingers.’’
 

yy_cheng

Coach
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I saw this happen alot at the last few games. Fergo would lose it and go off his rocker and Penisinni would get in his ear and say things and it would bring Fergo back down to earth.

He's a rookie and he is not shy to take control of a situation with a very experienced player.

He could probably become one of our leaders and future captain if he stays.

I'd like to see if he has ball skills. If he does, could be a 6 one day
 

lucablight

Bench
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4,615

NRL 2022: Parramatta Eels teammates reveal scary new nickname for Will Penisini​

Rugby league history is littered with talented teens who couldn’t turn a cameo into a career - does Parramatta’s Will Penisini have what it takes to avoid that trap?

David Riccio David Riccio

@DaveRic1
2 min read
January 22, 2022 - 11:56AM
News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
https://12ft.io/api/proxy?ref=&q=ht.../2745da37937b4627f3e3db85a102b38d#share-tools
Exciting Eels centre Will Penisini has been answering to a new name over summer.

“Will Penisini is a beast. We’ve been calling him ‘Young Mike” at training,’’ Parramatta captain Clint Gutherson said.
“The way he moves, he’s so similar to (Michael) Jennings. Will’s got the same build as Jenko (Jennings).
“If you had to split them, Jenko may have been a bit lighter on his feet and a little bit faster.
“Whereas Will has got a little bit more power and strength, but no doubt the similarities are there.’’

The flick pass that put the NRL on notice last year.

The flick pass that put the NRL on notice last year.
Gutherson’s comparison to Jennings – the former NSW State of Origin and Test centre – is music to the ears of Parramatta fans after a torrid off-season that has included the club’s painstaking bid to hold on to their best talent.
Luckily for the Eels, Penisini is locked in until 2023 as he prepares for a long future in the blue and gold.
A graduate of the prestigious King’s School in Sydney’s west, Penisini was signed by the Eels on a development contract at 14 – just four years after his first junior league game. His name has been in the black book of Parramatta’s coaches ever since.
TIME TO DELIVER: The Parra player who must step up
The 19-year-old showed he was up to playing NRL with five appearances in first grade last season, with two semi-final matches gaining him valuable experience.
His emergence into a regular starting spot in the Eels backline in 2022 is never more timely after the exits in the off-season of outside backs Blake Ferguson, Michael Oldfield and Jennings.
Will Penisini has been dubbed ‘Young Mike’ in reference to Michael Jennings. Picture: Grant Trouville

Will Penisini has been dubbed ‘Young Mike’ in reference to Michael Jennings. Picture: Grant Trouville
“The way he goes about his business, for such a young kid in only his second pre-season, he’s come back in great shape and doing some damage already,’’ Gutherson said.
“He’s still learning and finding his way with week-to-week NRL.
“That’s the hardest thing as a kid, playing week to week with consistency.
“For a young kid to be doing what he did at the back-end of last year in huge games it’s pretty special.
“He managed five games at the back-end of last season, but to be able to play 26, 27, 28-games, that’s a different story and we’ll have to manage that.’’
The Eels skipper confirmed positions in the backline were up for grabs in 2022.
“Alongside Will, we’ve still got Waqa Blake, Maika (Sivo) to come back (between rounds 10 to 12), Tommy Opacic, Sean Russell and Haze Dunster, who also played a lot of footy for us last year.

“It gives us some healthy competition at training.
“To be able to push for that spot with Maika out for the first few rounds, there’s going to be two spots up for grabs for starting wingers.’’
Anyone else expect a different “scary” nickname?
 

Gary Gutful

Immortal
Messages
45,815

NRL 2022: Parramatta Eels teammates reveal scary new nickname for Will Penisini​

Rugby league history is littered with talented teens who couldn’t turn a cameo into a career - does Parramatta’s Will Penisini have what it takes to avoid that trap?

David Riccio David Riccio

@DaveRic1
2 min read
January 22, 2022 - 11:56AM
News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
https://12ft.io/api/proxy?ref=&q=ht.../2745da37937b4627f3e3db85a102b38d#share-tools
Exciting Eels centre Will Penisini has been answering to a new name over summer.

“Will Penisini is a beast. We’ve been calling him ‘Young Mike” at training,’’ Parramatta captain Clint Gutherson said.
“The way he moves, he’s so similar to (Michael) Jennings. Will’s got the same build as Jenko (Jennings).
“If you had to split them, Jenko may have been a bit lighter on his feet and a little bit faster.
“Whereas Will has got a little bit more power and strength, but no doubt the similarities are there.’’

The flick pass that put the NRL on notice last year.

The flick pass that put the NRL on notice last year.
Gutherson’s comparison to Jennings – the former NSW State of Origin and Test centre – is music to the ears of Parramatta fans after a torrid off-season that has included the club’s painstaking bid to hold on to their best talent.
Luckily for the Eels, Penisini is locked in until 2023 as he prepares for a long future in the blue and gold.
A graduate of the prestigious King’s School in Sydney’s west, Penisini was signed by the Eels on a development contract at 14 – just four years after his first junior league game. His name has been in the black book of Parramatta’s coaches ever since.
TIME TO DELIVER: The Parra player who must step up
The 19-year-old showed he was up to playing NRL with five appearances in first grade last season, with two semi-final matches gaining him valuable experience.
His emergence into a regular starting spot in the Eels backline in 2022 is never more timely after the exits in the off-season of outside backs Blake Ferguson, Michael Oldfield and Jennings.
Will Penisini has been dubbed ‘Young Mike’ in reference to Michael Jennings. Picture: Grant Trouville

Will Penisini has been dubbed ‘Young Mike’ in reference to Michael Jennings. Picture: Grant Trouville
“The way he goes about his business, for such a young kid in only his second pre-season, he’s come back in great shape and doing some damage already,’’ Gutherson said.
“He’s still learning and finding his way with week-to-week NRL.
“That’s the hardest thing as a kid, playing week to week with consistency.
“For a young kid to be doing what he did at the back-end of last year in huge games it’s pretty special.
“He managed five games at the back-end of last season, but to be able to play 26, 27, 28-games, that’s a different story and we’ll have to manage that.’’
The Eels skipper confirmed positions in the backline were up for grabs in 2022.
“Alongside Will, we’ve still got Waqa Blake, Maika (Sivo) to come back (between rounds 10 to 12), Tommy Opacic, Sean Russell and Haze Dunster, who also played a lot of footy for us last year.

“It gives us some healthy competition at training.
“To be able to push for that spot with Maika out for the first few rounds, there’s going to be two spots up for grabs for starting wingers.’’
If I was Will I'd be politely asking not to be compared to that peanut.
 
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