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Tedesco rumour

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by jak, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. Saint_JimmyG

    Saint_JimmyG First Grade

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    Desperate clubs do ridiculously desperate things.

    Remember, the Dragons haven't been successful since 2011, have a stagnant membership base, and also a reputation that no one wants to coach them (i.e. Cleary). Add these scenarios to a 'coach', plus a lot of players who have declined the club's advances, and you have a situation that I have described as above.

    What you've suggested isn't (sadly) beyond the realms of possibly.
     
  2. emu62

    emu62 Juniors

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    I bet they could also just squeeze in Cooper Cronk & Sonny Bill if he was available
     
  3. Old Kogarah Boy 1

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    You are a fair and just man, 'emu62'.
     
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  4. Saint_JimmyG

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    Speaking on Foxtel, journalist Paul Kent has repeatedly mentioned both Canterbury and Easts apropos Tedesco.....not a single mention of Saints.

    If there was the remotest chance he was coming, you would think Kent would disclose the possibility.

    Tedesco ain't coming, folks.
     
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  5. Frank Facer

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    Yeah, I am disappointed that Saints were not mentioned as suitors of Tedesco too. I am still hoping that we are in the running to sign Tedesco. When we signed Widdop and Hunt, there was no talk of it until it had been signed. Saints do like to keep things to themselves. The question is can we compete with Easts (Politis) and Canterbury and their 3rd party payments. I don't like our chances.

    If there are any really wealthy Saints fans out there reading this who want Teddy in our team, approach Saints very quickly and offer to be a 3rd party donor for Teddy's signature. lol I would if I was extremely wealthy already.

    We need a 3rd party recruitment drive. We need our version of Brisbane's Thoroughbreds. I am serious. I see this as our biggest problem that should now have been sorted, solved, rectified. If we can not compete with the likes of Canterbury, Easts, Brisbane etc off the field, then it makes it much more difficult to compete with them on the field.
     
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  6. Life's Good

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    He never was.
     
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  7. possm

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    Yes it could be called 'Dragon Fire Group'. Sponsors / advertisers of WIN, local business and fans / supports should be invited to join this Group.
     
  8. barry

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    Instead of going hard for tedesco, why don't we focus on resigning Dugan (who would be cheaper then tedesco by about 200k)

    Release Widdop and go hard for Foran?

    Or

    Go hard for Tedesco and keep Widdop

    I think I'd rather Foran and Dugan
     
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  9. Coffs dragon

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    Sorry Barry but I wouldn't touch Foran! I think his baggage comes in truck loads and would be a huge risk! I'd rather the Devil we know in Duges and try to keep him plus Gaz Widdop.
     
  10. possm

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    I'm sure there are many options and my only worry is that we are tied to an inflexible pathways plan built on uncertain assumptions.

    If Widdop is to stay sign him. We we can't extend him at the right price, sign one of the other five-eighths coming off contract. Mary has already determined that Mann is not worth a run in the halves and that Field and Dufty are not ready. So put them in the 'lets see how they go' column on Millward's white board, re-do our cap plan and buy someone before they're all gone elsewhere.
     
  11. Red V for life

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    What is the latest on Widdop? He is forever linked to the ESL...but I haven't heard much (if anything) about his contract renewal (unlike Duges).

    I remember someone here said they had spoken to his parents and he desperately wanted out.

    He looks happy now so I wonder if he knows where he is going OR is just loving his footy in a team going well ATM.
     
  12. MilanDragon

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    The only thing I heard a while back was we made him an offer lower than he expected or wanted. There was a few comments at the start of the season that there was no hurry and both sides were waiting on the new salary cap.

    Is signimg Ben hunt for big $$ means Dugan and Widdop want more too.
     
  13. Crush

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    Re-sign Dugan, let widdop go.
    Spend widdop money on a quality centre.
    1. Dugan
    6. Field
    7. Hunt
    9. McInnes
    Add a bit of pace out wide with our current forward pack and thats top 4
     
  14. possm

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    I'd say every player will play to their best ability when playing for an extension or a new contract from another club. The fact our forwards are playing so well and that the former game plans have all been scrapped would also make him smile.
     
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    Tedesco was imo never coming.He does appear to be on the move to the roosters or dogs, this much seems obvious.If this is the case then don't be surprised if the tigers have a go at Duges as they'll have Tedescos money for him which i'd assume would be more than what we are offering.I hope we do keep Duges & Widdop as i believe with the addition of Hunt we will have a good spine.The other fly in the ointment looks to be Reynolds to the sharks,Bird to the knights & Maloney shopped around.IF Widdop is not signed would the club then attempt to sign Maloney who would tick all the boxes especially his kicking.
     
  16. possm

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    This may well be how it all ends up. I was all for slotting Field into 6 for 2018 but now I have been convinced it is best to test him and let him earn his spot through stand out performances in reserve grade.

    It seems the Club is stuck on playing Dugan and Lafai in the centres and using our pathway juniors as backup in reserve grade. This would result in Milne and Mann getting the flick at years end. If we were going to use Dugan at fullback surely we would put Milne at centre mainly because Aitken needs more development with his defensive reads and lateral movement.

    So no, I'd keep Widdop or buy a great five-eighth to give the side very chance to win each game in 2018. Slot Field in the first grade line up after he proves to be outstanding in reserve grade and when our five-eighth is injured or on rep duty. Just look at our line up for this weeks game against Manly. Would you slot Field or even Dufty in at fullback? Mary won't and it appears he won't even slot Mann at fullback.

    I'm sure if Widdop were injured, Mary would not play Field at 6, he would most likely play Mann at 6. Why because Field and other pathways contenders aren't ready.
     
  17. Crush

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    YES PLEASE TO MALONEY
    Imagine Maloney and Hunt, that is a premiership winning team
     
  18. Miller was a legend

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    On what planet would we be insane enough to shop Maloney around? Not gonna happen
     
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  19. Crush

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    It seems to me that if Dugan stays it will definitely be at fullback. If the club sees him as a centre then he will not be re-signed because Dugan sees himself as a fullback.
    Id really like to see just what these two guys Mann and Milne can do once and for all otherwise they will leave at the end of the year. I think though it is going to take injuries unfortunately to get them in the team as the club seems hellbent on lafai and aitken as the starting centres and Nighty and MacDonald as the wingers.
    Obviously they dont rate either of them too highly because even though Mann scored a bunch of tries on the wing they went and bought another winger and even though Milne did a good job of replacing Lafai they brought lafai straight back in when he was fit again.
    If I were Mann and Milne Id be out the door and signing with another club
     
  20. Crush

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    BOOOOO
    You sharks get all the breaks....
     

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