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NRL top six signings for 2013

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    6. Beau Scott (Knights)

    Scott follows Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett from the Dragons to the Knights, albeit 12 months later than the seven-time premiership-winning mentor. Scott's versatility of being able to play either in the back-row or the centres will be welcomed by Newcastle with open arms. With his strength being in defence, he'll add some balance to the Knights' pack if he does spend time in the forwards, which currently boasts ball-carrying enforcers Willie Mason and Kade Snowden. Scott has Origin experience under his belt, and is one of the select few New South Welshmen to have donned the Australian jersey in Queensland's recent era of dominance.

    5. Dave Taylor (Titans)

    There is no better example of Taylor's Jekyll and Hyde tendencies than during State of Origin this season. He was dumped from Queensland's team for the decider after an error-riddled showing in game two at ANZ Stadium, but he recovered by earning the man of the match award in the Rabbitohs' win over the Panthers in round 17, just three days prior to game three. When the 188cm and 122kg Taylor is in form, there is no forward more dangerous in the competition. However, inconsistency has plagued his game and he has made this list for no other reason than his obvious potential, which has seen him represent Australia as well as the Maroons. Titans coach John Cartwright will get the opportunity to maximise that potential. If he can, look out.

    4. Michael Gordon (Sharks)

    Cronulla will be hoping Gordon's run of bad luck is behind him. The injury-prone 28-year-old goal-kicker played only seven games with the Panthers in 2011, suffering a broken fibula in round one and not returning until round 21. However, if he stay can fully fit, he'll be a tremendous acquisition for the Sharks. Gordon, who made his State of Origin debut in 2010, is a polished performer who rarely plays a bad game. His professionalism and attitude is second to none, and he will be a key factor in Cronulla's now realistic bid to become a genuine premiership contender rather than a lower top eight outfit.

    3. James Maloney (Roosters)

    Maloney replaces Braith Anasta at five eighth for the tricolours with Anasta joining the Wests Tigers. One can't help but feel the club's decision not to re-sign Anasta and to recruit Maloney is a masterstroke. Maloney is an established playmaker in the prime of his career at 26 years of age, and perhaps being out of sight and out of mind at the Warriors is the only reason he hasn't yet had a taste of State of Origin. He was also instrumental in the Warriors' 2011 charge to the grand final. Anasta, on the other hand, is in the twilight of his career at 30, and hasn't shown consistent form since 2010 when the Bondi-based club reached the NRL decider. The addition of Maloney can have Chooks fans feeling confident about an immediate revival next year.

    2. Tony Williams (Bulldogs)

    When on song, Williams is without question one of the most damaging ball runners in the NRL. At 23, he has already played for NSW and Australia and won a premiership with Manly in 2011 - an impressive rugby league CV in anyone's books. But there is no doubting that Williams didn't shine under Geoff Toovey's coaching in 2012, producing indifferent form throughout a season interrupted by suspension and injury. His tendency to make unforced errors will be a concern for new coach Des Hasler, but the way we see it, there's no better man to turn Williams' form and fortunes around than the two-time premiership coach, who got the best out of him during his time at the Sea Eagles. The pair's renewed acquaintance will result in Williams being one of 2013's best buys.

    1. Luke Lewis (Sharks)

    Lewis could be the missing piece of the puzzle for the Sharks. He was a part of a premiership with the Panthers in 2003, and boasts years of representative experience with NSW and Australia. Skipper Paul Gallen has carried the Cronulla pack season after season, but he now finally has a helper of similar representative pedigree. Lewis will take the pressure off Gallen by reducing his workload, which will result in an increase of his effectiveness and impact. Lewis is the superstar the Sharks, a club that has developed a losing culture in recent seasons (with the exception of 2012), has been crying out for.
     
  2. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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    Luke Lewis, James Maloney and Michael Gordon, yes....

    forget the other 3
     
  3. NFN2IT

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    I honestly believe T-dog will have a big season next year... assuming he stays injury free... Hasler will get the best out of him no doubt.

    But agreed the best signing would have to be luke lewis.
     
  4. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Why is that? T-Bag constantly under-performed under Hasler's coaching at Manly. People have selective memories & only think back to half a dozen good games he played in 2011. With the Dogs strong backrow T-Bag will be an expensive benchwarmer/impact player.
     
  5. Rambo1987

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    James Malony really - he was terrible at the Warriors this year and played shocking in the 2011 GF. Sorry he went for the money and will be released before his time finishes.

    TRex might be a good signing but the Bulldogs have too many big players the same on Kasiano/Pritchard/Williams/Eastwood and someone or 2 will miss out.
     
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  6. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Williams really was the perfect player when Des was here, particularly for all those games where Des played him on the wing (and even more so when he was in the centres). There are pages and pages on this very forum going into raptures over his ability to read the game and his outstanding work ethic. In fact it is a wonder they have not yet made him an immortal based on those performances.

    Supercoach Des would have also obviously prevented him from getting that back injury in Origin, which impacted on his performance in the latter half of the season.
     
  7. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    I think Lewis will be a huge asset to the sharks. If he can avoid injury and SOO. Maloney was not at his best this year, but neither was Johnson or the rest of the Warriors for that matter. He will go well at the Roosters. Beau Scott is a fantasic individual player, but may fade in the Knights jersey.
     
  8. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Maybe T. rex will be the Jim beam cup's signing of the year.
     
  9. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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    T Rex would be lucky to read the paper let alone the game.....should have been voted most overated 2012.
     
  10. Chip and Chase

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    Lewis is a very good footballer, would love to have him in Manly colours. Great signing for the Sharks, and he will provide a good foil for Gallen.

    Michael Gordon will be a good buy for the Sharks on the presumption he is going there to play fullback, and presuming his run of injuries doesn't continue or hasn't hampered his speed.

    Dave Taylor has some amazing skills for a big bloke and is a wrecking ball when at his best (imagine trying to tackle that at full steam ?) Consistency seems to be his problem along with whispers of attitude problems. Potentially a good signing, but let's see what effect life on the GC has on him. Titans won't be troubling the 8 next year so he may not like being an also ran after tasting finals footy with Souths and Broncs.

    Maloney ?? I'm not convinced that he is anything other than a pretty solid first grade footballer. Had a good year in 2011, but not overly impressive this year. I don't see the combination of he and Mitchell Pearce really setting the comp on fire. They are very similar type of players, solid without being out and out game breakers. Having said that he will be an improvement on Anasta as a 5/8.

    Beau Scott - nothing special, prefer our back three of Gift Choc and Ferris to be honest. At best he is a stop gap centre. I consider Jeremy Smith a better signing for the Knights than this guy.

    T-Rex - the mecurial Tony Williams, so much potential, so little consistency. Will Des hold the key to unlock consistent efforts from this guy ?? If he does it will be a big signing for the Dogs. Time will tell.
     
  11. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Lewis, getting on in years, gets injured and his best is behind him..
    Gorden, ordinary.
    Taylor would be the only one I'd consider. bench front rower.
    Maloney, useless and it will only get confusing over at Bondi on who's running the show.
    Scott, brain dead.
    T-Rex, Useless, no heart and hasn't a clue.
     
  12. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    ^^ DSM5's (mediocre-worst) signings.
     
  13. Titans Fan

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    Scott Prince is a wildcard. He could really blossom for the Broncs. Or just do an ok job. Its a gamble.
     
  14. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Haven't the Titans got a site?
     
  15. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I reckon these guys....Michael Chee Kam , Dane Chisholm , Richie Fa'aoso, James Hasson , Brenton Lawrence , Ben Musolino , Ligi Sao, Mitch Manson...yep that's eight, but I reckon they'll all go well... besides, who the media pick as the best at the start of the season rarely pans out. It's who's best at the end of the season that counts.
     
  16. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    You mean the iSelect Titans? Yes, it's a website.
     
  17. Titans Fan

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    are you implying that i should get the f*** outta here?
     
  18. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Gees, give him a break DSM. He's not hurting anyone or being an arsehole with his comments so far.
     
  19. Titans Fan

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    Brenton Lawrence will be a perfect addition to the Manly's bench.
     
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