Lachie Miller is a fullback on the outer. You've got to feel a little hard done by if you're him. Started the season pretty well and gets dropped because Ponga isn't a 5/8th like everyone on the planet bar himself and Adam O'Brien were aware of. He was brought there to play fullback in first grade because of the Ponga positional change, now he doesn't have that chance. He's nothing special, but has speed, doesn't get rag dolled and is pretty safe under the high ball. Can kick goals too. His level of play also provides competition with Sloan for a position, rather than just shutting him right out. Make Sloan work for it again.
On players like Bird, they desperately need to be moved on. If Flanno is the coach though, well he's more likely to get an upgrade than a release. He's obsessed with Jack Bird. Bird will become the new Norman with Flanno, so that's something you've got to be prepared for.
In terms of forwards, wasn't it heavily rumoured on here before the start of the season Flanno had landed Taniela Paseka? He's been great for Manly this year, and with Flanno leaving as Manly's assistant (possibly), maybe the Paseka deal ends up coming through a year later.
Pretty sure Doust is the reason for Flanagan being on the outerTo think that it has come down to Flannagan being the most likely to take up the head coach position. We could have done this long ago instead of extending Griffin.
When it comes to new recruits, I'd say we have enough no-names who will never represent at SOO level. Now is the time to recruit some quality to give us the necessary balance between young inexperienced juniors and proven players with experience.
If Hunt stays on it would have to be at hooker.
If we replace Ramsey, it would have to be a marquee fullback.
Pair Sloan and Sullivan in the halves but for goodness sake, skill them up in defense.
We definitely still need to recruit two big first-grade props.
If we are short of cash then Matt Fegai to left center and Suli to left edge forward.
I'd prefer that we retain Su'A.
De Belin is our best lock.
And any other 'experienced reserve grade forwards
Promote our young up-and-coming juniors to reserve grade and get them ready for first grade.
And there lies the problem with the board. I still don't understand how they wanted Flanno before Griffin and NRL knocked them back. Now that they can get Flanno, Doust does not want him. It is the obvious choice to get Flanno.Pretty sure Doust is the reason for Flanagan being on the outer
I reckon last year he had a blue with Doust and told him a few home truths.And there lies the problem with the board. I still don't understand how they wanted Flanno before Griffin and NRL knocked them back. Now that they can get Flanno, Doust does not want him. It is the obvious choice to get Flanno.
I'm pretty sure Flanagan's own actions and wrap sheet is why he is on the outer in general terms.Pretty sure Doust is the reason for Flanagan being on the outer
Re Lomax goal kicking, if you watch Latrell and Stephen Crighton kick these guys simple routine and kick through the ball effortlessly, Lomax is trying to belt the ball too hard, he got rid of the smaller tee now needs to take some heat of the kicks.If Miller can kick goals he will do
We have the worst kicker out of 17 teams ATM
He can hardly land one from anywhere within 10 metres of the side line anymore
It puts us under more pressure than we already are scoring points and trying to get away from teams when we rarely do hit the lead
It is frustrating the hell out of me more than our one out attack
Mate you are 100% correct , he is trying to smash the ball instead of just follow through , Mitchell is a great example and so was widdop , no need to smash the ball, these guys have strong legs just to guide the ball, I once asked Lomax if anyone taught him how to kick and his answer was no, I replied it shows, I explained that he needs to relax, don't take your eye of the ball after you set up and just follow through.. he didn't take my advice ???? Yes I played soccer when I was younger.....Re Lomax goal kicking, if you watch Latrell and Stephen Crighton kick these guys simple routine and kick through the ball effortlessly, Lomax is trying to belt the ball too hard, he got rid of the smaller tee now needs to take some heat of the kicks.
I will add goal kicking to my resume..
Encouraging news , the ball is now firmly in the Dragon’s court . Flanagan would like the position and believes he has a long term plan capable of bringing the club back into being true premiership contenders .
The club's options appear very limited at this point. The job appears to be beyond a rookie coach. Hasler is a no show (I'm not keen on him anyway). Cheika is a pipe dream I think - could be good but too much of a risk at this point. That leaves Flanno. Not perfect but the best option from those remaining in my opinion. I just hope the Board can get the job done within a short time frame to stop all the speculation.Thanks southport.
With their demands on losing control over parts of the footy department, it's what it is.
My view on Flanno is he's done his time.
He's the best option, worked with the club, got results, accepted responsibility and he's said he can work with the board.
It could all fall in a heap again so, we will see.