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Tyrell Sloan

possm

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Maybe Millward is not all bad. There certainly is talent in the juniors just have to do a bit of bean counting. In the good years we had the forwards the hookers the halves the backs and the fullbacks. It 's so hard to get it all together. Remember those years when we had promise in the 80's then the 90's then finally 2010 it's a difficult thing.
Pathways' responsibilities have been taken off Millward. He now assists the coaching staff with recruiting (from other clubs).
 

Crush

First Grade
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This kid has great energy and looks very lively, what a breath of fresh air!
I really hope Hook plays him week in week out for the rest of the season.
Dufty can sit the rest of 2021 out as far I’m concerned, nothing to gain from playing him now.
 

Dragon Mel

Juniors
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Great start to his career, I hope he keeps on improving. Another member mentioned that he had a David Peachy look about him. Whist he may not be as quick as David, he seems to position himself well through the game.
Definitely, I for one was concerned about us scoring points without Duffy, having Tyrell perform well on his debut is reassuring to some extent.
 

George Dragon

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It was a good debut for Ty
Naturally gifted player, he will only get better.
2 months ago he was playing SG, 3 months ago he broke his jaw in two places and had plates inserted.
He lost a lot of weight during that time and with fitness training has not put much back on.
Another year of preseason will see him around 90kg and a lot stronger.
 
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I wasn’t at the game and this is only an observation from watching on tv, but seemed to be constantly barking orders from the back.
That other fullback doesn’t do that.
 

thebigredv

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People's thoughts about who plays fullback v Warriors? While one good performance doesn't make a complete player, I was surprised Hook quite clearly stated Dufty will come back into fg next game.

I'm very literal so I will take that as fact though I realise coach's play games with the media. The cynic in me reckons Dufty wasn't even injured but I don't know...

Personally id be giving Sloan as many runs as possible. Play Dufty off the bench if need be. Sloan looks like our future and I'd imagine, just like the fans, the coach would be looking beyond the horizon for better days for our club.
 
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Most will say keep him in first grade, which i understand
I'm happy for him to stay in Reggie's, let him work on things, then let him have a proper preseason.
Same with Sullivan
He definitely needs more reggies, he’s not ready, especially when teams start targeting him. He is a great feel good story but his body doesn’t look up to week to week grind for me just yet.
 
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People's thoughts about who plays fullback v Warriors? While one good performance doesn't make a complete player, I was surprised Hook quite clearly stated Dufty will come back into fg next game.

I'm very literal so I will take that as fact though I realise coach's play games with the media. The cynic in me reckons Dufty wasn't even injured but I don't know...

Personally id be giving Sloan as many runs as possible. Play Dufty off the bench if need be. Sloan looks like our future and I'd imagine, just like the fans, the coach would be looking beyond the horizon for better days for our club.
Hook doesn’t play games. Dufty is injured, he will be back.
 

Auntie.Gerald

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Canberra's game management and kicking after didn't really put Sloane under pressure like a top4 team would.

Dufty for me to play FG again soon

Ramsey has been given ple ty of experience via the wing in FG and we have been carrying Ramsey

Best pathway for Sloan I sense is ressies and learn to dominate as we can't carry both Ramsey and Sloan learning in FG
 
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Great debut. Plus the kid is already a living legend (see below):

‘I want to break the cycle’: The story driving Dragons debutant fullback Tyrell Sloan

By Adrian Proszenko - 19 June 2021

The first person Tyrell Sloan rang after learning he would be making his NRL debut was his grandmother Colleen.

“She is my rock. She raised me ever since I was two months old,” Tyrell said.

“She had to fight [for custody] through DOCS [Department of Community Services, now Family and Community Services] because my parents were in and out of jail. [My parents] are not really in the picture. I just don’t have that connection with [my mum] that I’d like. Dad’s still in and out of jail.

“I call my Nan ‘Ma’. She’s played both those roles, it’s just crazy what she’s done for me.

“Honestly, I don’t know how she did it. Obviously now I get paid with footy and I still struggle a bit with the money and I get more than she did.

“I just leave [my parents] alone and try to do it for my Nan and my brother.”

Some St George Illawarra fans feel aggrieved after Matt Dufty was informed he isn’t part of the club’s plans moving forward. They will get their first look at the succession strategy when Sloan makes his anticipated NRL debut at fullback against Canberra on Saturday.

It has not been an easy journey. The 19-year-old has grown up without his parents, Colleen taking their roles with some assistance from big brother Ashley. They will be at the forefront of his thoughts when he fulfils a lifelong dream at WIN Stadium on Saturday . Sloan sees it as a chance to honour them and provide inspiration to other Indigenous youngsters emerging from challenging childhoods.

“Growing up, my dad was 16 when he and my mum had me,” Sloan told the Herald. ”Just young and dumb, they were involved with drugs and stuff.

“Dad just went back in [to jail]. I just let them do their thing, they had their chance to be around me if they wanted to. I just leave them alone and try to do it for my Nan and my brother.

“Me, I’ve never had a sip of alcohol or drugs because I’ve seen what it does to people in my circle, those who have been around me.

“I’ve only turned 19. I’ve learnt to grow up a lot quicker than most other people my age because I’ve seen a lot of stuff that a lot of kids haven’t seen.

“Me not having those silver spoons that some kids do have – not that it’s any problem – but it’s the way I’ve been raised.

“Even with my [four] little brothers or sisters, whenever it is pay week I always take them out and make sure they’re sweet with everything like school clothes and that.

“I just want to get them out of that environment because I was raised in Koonawarra, which is in Dapto. It’s not the best place, I guess, for people to make it out of.

“If I can get them out of that environment and support them, be that older brother, that father figure or strong Indigenous person that I never had, I always try to give back.”

Dragons officials have had their eye on Sloan for some time. The Dapto Canaries junior was part of the 2019 SG Ball premiership-winning team alongside current Dragons Jayden Sullivan and best mate Talatau Junior Amone.

Sloan will be given time to grow into his new role in every sense. His quest to bulk up beyond his current 84-kilogram frame was hindered by a broken jaw suffered early in the year, preventing him from eating solids for several weeks.

“They put some pins in me because it was my chin and my jaw, I broke it in two places,” he said.

Larger obstacles have been overcome to make him the man and player he is now. Watch Sloan’s highlights video on Youtube and it’s clear why there are already comparisons with Sharks great David Peachey.

“I’ve never watched any of his games, I was too young, but I watched his highlights lately,” he said. “I do see a bit of resemblance, but I’m nowhere near as good as him.

“I love the way he plays; that long, lanky Aboriginal boy. I think that’s why there are comparisons.”

Sloan’s nickname, however, comes from his admiration of, and friendship with, Josh Addo-Carr. Sloan met the Storm star at a Koori knockout carnival and the pair have kept in touch.

“He’s always been open arms, helping me out,” Sloan said. “The boys are calling me ‘Foxy’ in training.”

Like Peachey and Addo-Carr, Sloan hopes that he too can one day be an inspiration to Indigenous youth.

“I’m a Wiradjuri boy, the family is from out west, Condobolin way,” he said.

“That’s what keeps me going, I want to do it for the next generation. I want to make it out of a place where not many people make it out of.

“I want to make a name; my last name is not one of the best names about good things happening. I just want to break that cycle and be a role model for the next generation coming up.”

URL: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/i-...nt-fullback-tyrell-sloan-20210618-p582bd.html

Edit: Apologies, I see this story has already been posted twice in this thread.
 
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Sloan's selection is interesting. We had good wingers available, so why not Ramsey to FB if no Dufty?

Does this suggest Ramsey has failed in his auditions?

If it was purely a case of "blooding" youth, what an aweful night to choose.
 

Dragsters

Bench
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People's thoughts about who plays fullback v Warriors? While one good performance doesn't make a complete player, I was surprised Hook quite clearly stated Dufty will come back into fg next game.

I'm very literal so I will take that as fact though I realise coach's play games with the media. The cynic in me reckons Dufty wasn't even injured but I don't know...

Personally id be giving Sloan as many runs as possible. Play Dufty off the bench if need be. Sloan looks like our future and I'd imagine, just like the fans, the coach would be looking beyond the horizon for better days for our club.

Well done Tyrell!

Yeah I agree.

Sloan deserves another run after that debut and play Dufty at 14.

I also reckon if Dufty gets no offers then I would like Hook to consider playing him there next season.

He could be a lethal weapon...
 

The Villain

Juniors
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Solid debut. Floats across the ground. Backing up looking for an offload all night. Now we need to let the forwards know there is someone there if they want to pop a pass.

Doesn’t look physically ready for full time first grade but I think we’ve found a better option than Ramsay for next year.
 

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