Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by John moz, Apr 5, 2017.
Josh Bateman being chased by us, Canterbury & Wigan apparently release has been approved by Canberra
Not too many centres are super fast, Roberts and Gagai are but Manu, Whare etc none of these guys match it with the fastest wingers. In round 1 which our match was played in the rain Lomax racked up the 5th fastest speed in the comp just a touch under Morris. Obviously BMoz is old but no one would say he’s too slow to be effective at NRL level. He’s fast enough, it’s more about acceleration than top speed anyway.
So we are not interested in AJ.
The Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra aren’t interested in signing unwanted South Sydney back Alex Johnston after the Rabbitohs told the premiership-winning flyer that he wouldn’t have a contract beyond this season due to salary cap restrictions.
Johnston’s eight-year tenure with the Rabbitohs will finish at season’s end, opening the door for the former Indigenous All-Star to sign with another club.
The gifted outside back’s preference is to remain in Australia, with his manager Steve Gillis confirming that a stint in the English Super League wasn’t an option.
Johnston has been offered up to St George Illawarra, but the Dragons are looking in another direction and aren’t interested in signing the Rabbitohs winger.
It comes as Souths players expect Johnston to follow in the footsteps of former teammate Adam Doueihi and revive his career at another club after the winger was told to look elsewhere after this season due to salary cap restrictions.
Disappointed Rabbitohs players woke to the surprise news in The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday morning that Johnston is officially on the lookout for a new NRL team.
The La Perouse junior is shattered with the club’s decision but understanding that modern-day rugby league is a business.
Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook believes Johnston can excel at fullback in another team like Doueihi has since joining the Wests Tigers from Souths this season.
Johnston previously played in the No. 1 jumper at Souths but was shifted to the wing following Latrell Mitchell’s arrival this season.
“If Alex wants to be a fullback then he has just got to put his mind to it and work hard,” Cook said.
“Like we’ve seen with Adam, he has gone over to the Tigers and is playing well there.
“He probably didn’t think he was a fullback until we played him there last year, and now he is doing a great job for the Tigers.
“There is no doubt that AJ can do that as well.”
Tru Saint Post - Alex Johnson was offered to the Dragons but they are looking in another direction ?
Undoubtedly every direction but the right one , perhaps they have decided to go for the journeymen Johnny King or Ken Irvine ?
Knowing this club they will probably offer Pereira and Ravalawa lifetime contracts instead of chase a winger who can actually outrun the opposition.......
Agree- but there might be a faint hope- Oates wants to play second row but Brisbane see him as a winger- we have a vacancy for a running second rower and he's certainly a big, damaging runner.
Interesting that they don't want AJ.
Sounds to me like the 2021 coach isn't a fan.
both to quick
There's a certain irony there if our new coach is Bennett.
No we have Saab and Rav as the future..we dont need another 1st grade winger...Basil said so himself
That was kinda where I was heading.....
Speed between the ears.
Maybe they don't want AJ because he knocked them back previously and I they just don't want to waste their time
Hopefully the club has learnt it’s lesson from Corey Norman being offered to them & taking the bait, all for an overpriced & overrated recycled.
Norman has been extremely disappointing. He's my new Lafai.
Geezus H.Chrust ! The man must have rocks in his head ?
Why would anyone knock back such a professionally run club such as the Dragons ? ? ?
It was more to it , he sould have just not agree then back out
Geez BLM how quickly we forget. Graham Bradley was a marist bros Kogarah boy who couldn't proceed past president cup/3rd grade with saints so he moved to Penrith and played 1st grade for them then moved back to the dragons. Tough stoic centre who really made the most of his talents.Great team man we could do with now.
Lets dream hey ? Makes sense but his comment last weekend can only be justified if he gets Souths management to announce that they feel Demetrou is ready for 2021 and couldn't see the sense in delaying his role another year. Bennett then signs with Dragons cause he has no job.
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