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Players you picked as great early on...

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Killer03, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Killer03

    Killer03 Well-Known Member

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    We all love to pick players as superstars when they start out, the latest probably being the hype surrounding Tommy T. Which made me think who did you see when they started out and correctly said 'they will be a mega star!'. Or who did you pick as a star and got it wrong? Or who did you not see as much but they turned you around?

    My first would have to be Snake, I remember watching him early on and thinking 'this kid has got it!' And I'd say I was proven right.

    The player I'll admit I got wrong was Mitchell Pearce, when I first saw him I thought he would be a star. And whilst he's been a good solid player, he just doesn't have that step up ability for NSW.

    Funnily enough the player I thought was overrated early on and didn't understand the hype was Jamie Lyon. I remember watching him for NSW and the Eels and thinking 'yeh he's ok, but a bit overrated' then when he came to us I just went 'whoa, this guy is unreal!'
     
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  2. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    Geoff Toovey when he carved the pommies up at Brookie oval in a tour match. I think it was his debut as an 18 year old.in 1988.

     
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  3. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Johnny Gibbs 1977 - I kept asking why he was in reserves?
    Then after carving up Norths at North Sydney Oval, he got into firsts:)
     
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  4. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I had huge tickets on Cuthbo coming through the grades. He let me down.
    I didn't rate Andrew Johns when he first made it. He turned me around.

    I was massive on Chez and Foz. Never had a concern when we let Orford then Hodko go. I knew we had it more than covered.
     
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  5. manlyfan76

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

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    Fittler had it as a kid.
     
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  6. simon64

    simon64 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I saw Steve Menzies come on as a reserve against Wests at Brookie.

    It took about 5 minutes to work out he was going to be something special.
     
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  7. Snake

    Snake Doing The Eagle Rock!

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    Funny I had the exact same experience with Jamie Lyon. I couldn't see the hype around him at the Eels and I didn't particularly like him. Then he came to Manly and I would have rated him the best all round player in the game between 2008-2013. He is one of my all time favourites now!
     
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  8. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I thought Solomon Haumono was going to be one of the greats. He could have been, but wasn't.
     
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    eagleron Well-Known Member

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    And what a debut, I remember thinking where did this kid come from, just sensational !!!
     
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  10. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    If anyone hasn't seen this game it is a must!
     
  11. eagleron

    eagleron Well-Known Member

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    I had killer on my watch list for 2 years before we got him just hoping for news linking him to us.
     
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  12. TerryRandall

    TerryRandall Well-Known Member

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    Remember it like it was yesterday.
     
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  13. Rusty Cage

    Rusty Cage Active Member

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    Andrew Johns.
    Saw him playing juniors before a Manly v Newcastle game at Marathon.
    Absolutely blitzed them and was a mile above every player on the field.
     
  14. Digsy

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    Aaron groom hahahaha

    All jokes aside now, Brett Stewart the first time I time watched him play he just had something special about him.
     
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  15. TerryRandall

    TerryRandall Well-Known Member

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    Almost hate to say it, but watmough. Remember seeing him play against dragons in one of his very first games in the top grade - looked far too small for back row, but was the standout in that game for his non stop energy and enthusiasm. Just looked like a real competitor and a winner.
     
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  16. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Luke Dorn.
    Luckily I'm not a talent scout
     
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  17. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

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    The winger in the 90's Andrew Hunter, big local, scored early on but never kicked on.

    Remember watching Dane Chisholm carved us up for Storm reserves at Brookie, played like Ben Barba and then no where.
     
  18. TerryRandall

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    Bit like his dad, rick.
     
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  19. Dinga

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    Steve Matai for me.. FOR memory one of his first NRL games was against the Dragons at Wynn stadium as soon as I saw him I thought he is going to be a high quality first grader.

    I think he has done that and more.
     
  20. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Laurie Daley was gonna play for Australia his whole life.

    It was just a matter of either being league or cricket. Could easily of been Australia's Ian Botham.
     
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