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2020 hooker (and Fainu disc.)

Cust or Croker for hooker 2020 if Nas is out

  • Cust

    Votes: 50 39.4%
  • Crocker

    Votes: 19 15.0%
  • Zach Dockar-Clay

    Votes: 21 16.5%
  • Fainu

    Votes: 17 13.4%
  • Levi

    Votes: 20 15.7%

  • Total voters
    127

Manly Tragic

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Manly have not denied interest in Levi but they may not be able to get Newcastle to carry enough of his freight.
 

Ryan

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Seems Levi deal all paper talk ??
There's an article where both Danny (quoted), and the club confirm a contracts been signed. Sec, I'll try and find it:


NRL | Hooker Danny Levi is on the verge of quitting the Knights to join Manly
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Leaving: Unwanted Knights hooker Danny Levi is on the verge of quitting the club to join rival club Manly. Picture: Max Mason-Hubbers.

Unwanted Knights hooker Danny Levi admits the downside of a move to Manly to resurrect his NRL career will be leaving Newcastle and a host of close teammates behind.
The former Kiwi international is on the verge of linking with the Eagles immediately despite having a year to run at the Knights with a deal almost certain to be finalised within the next day or two.

"I don't want to jump the gun after what happened last time [with a deal at Parramatta falling over at the 11th hour] but hopefully, I'll get a call from my manager today or tomorrow and it will be done," Levi told the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday.
"It's all happened pretty quick. I only found out about it on Sunday night and pretty much it's all happening now so it's all good."

The Knights aren't commenting on Levi's pending move until it's finalised but it's understood a release was requested on Monday pending settlement of the deal with the Eagles.
The Knights have made it clear they would not stand in the way of the 24-year-old hooker going elsewhere after signing Jayden Brailey from Cronulla as their number one hooker during last season.
Brailey is regarded as an 80 minute player but the club also has utility Connor Watson as a hooking back-up along with the emerging Luke Huth.
Levi faced the prospect of playing a season in NSW Cup if he remained at the Knights.
I love this place and all the boys here and that's not going to change but you've got to do what you've got to do.
Danny Levi
He knew the writing was on the wall when Brailey was enticed from the Sharks.
"It was pretty much a sign they were telling me without telling me when they signed him [Brailey] so I just needed to do what I had to do - prove myself somewhere else," he said. "Maybe if I was moving with my family to the heart of Sydney, I wouldn't be too keen but Manly seems a nice area so it's all good.
"I love this place [Newcastle] and all the boys here and that's not going to change but you've got to do what you've got to do."
The Newcastle Herald first touted Levi's links to Manly last October after the club's number one hooker Manase Fainu was stood down under the NRL's no-fault policy following an alleged stabbing of a man at a church dance party in Sydney's west.
Fainu has pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company.
He is due back in court on February 3 and has been stood down until the case has been fully resolved.
 

Kalvin

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Not sure he's coming across as super keen/ appreciative here... "don't want to leave but gotta do what you gotta do" isn't a glowing endorsement of someone who wants to be here?
 

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There's an article where both Danny (quoted), and the club confirm a contracts been signed. Sec, I'll try and find it:


NRL | Hooker Danny Levi is on the verge of quitting the Knights to join Manly
  • BARRY TOOHEY

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Welcome back Ryan. We’ve missed you!!!
Leaving: Unwanted Knights hooker Danny Levi is on the verge of quitting the club to join rival club Manly. Picture: Max Mason-Hubbers.

Unwanted Knights hooker Danny Levi admits the downside of a move to Manly to resurrect his NRL career will be leaving Newcastle and a host of close teammates behind.
The former Kiwi international is on the verge of linking with the Eagles immediately despite having a year to run at the Knights with a deal almost certain to be finalised within the next day or two.

"I don't want to jump the gun after what happened last time [with a deal at Parramatta falling over at the 11th hour] but hopefully, I'll get a call from my manager today or tomorrow and it will be done," Levi told the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday.
"It's all happened pretty quick. I only found out about it on Sunday night and pretty much it's all happening now so it's all good."

The Knights aren't commenting on Levi's pending move until it's finalised but it's understood a release was requested on Monday pending settlement of the deal with the Eagles.
The Knights have made it clear they would not stand in the way of the 24-year-old hooker going elsewhere after signing Jayden Brailey from Cronulla as their number one hooker during last season.
Brailey is regarded as an 80 minute player but the club also has utility Connor Watson as a hooking back-up along with the emerging Luke Huth.
Levi faced the prospect of playing a season in NSW Cup if he remained at the Knights.

He knew the writing was on the wall when Brailey was enticed from the Sharks.
"It was pretty much a sign they were telling me without telling me when they signed him [Brailey] so I just needed to do what I had to do - prove myself somewhere else," he said. "Maybe if I was moving with my family to the heart of Sydney, I wouldn't be too keen but Manly seems a nice area so it's all good.
"I love this place [Newcastle] and all the boys here and that's not going to change but you've got to do what you've got to do."
The Newcastle Herald first touted Levi's links to Manly last October after the club's number one hooker Manase Fainu was stood down under the NRL's no-fault policy following an alleged stabbing of a man at a church dance party in Sydney's west.
Fainu has pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company.
He is due back in court on February 3 and has been stood down until the case has been fully resolved.
 

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I still can't believe why Fainu receives so much praise and love here, i don't see an exceptional player other than his unique ways of attracting markers around the ruck and offloading, offered zero defensively and work rate wise.

Yes i know for a first year player you are still developing,(you can't expect too much i grant that so early on) makes a great second option but i wouldn't be banking on value for money long term hooker potential that is for sure.(Fainu is value for money as a 30-40min player presently though)

Give me a strong, solid, well spoken high work rate hooker with a strong passing game and just enough speed around the ruck to keep the markers honest or engaged any day of the week.(doesn't have to be flamboyant or unique) Combine that with some sharp spark option off the bench is more than enough.

In saying that if the interchange goes down to six (which i hope it doesn't and i doubt it will) the pressure to have an 80min high work rate player increases. Also if the trend is to get back to reduced stoppages and penalty counts a high work rate hooker who can play 80mins or long mins is required.
 

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Not sure he's coming across as super keen/ appreciative here... "don't want to leave but gotta do what you gotta do" isn't a glowing endorsement of someone who wants to be here?
Can't blame a bloke for wanting to play for his home club with his mates. He will hopefully change that tune after getting to know the squad.
 

SeaEagleRock8

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Give me a strong, solid, well spoken high work rate hooker with a strong passing game and just enough speed around the ruck to keep the markers honest or engaged any day of the week.
"well spoken"???
n saying that if the interchange goes down to six (which i hope it doesn't and i doubt it will) the pressure to have an 80min high work rate player increases.
Surely a reduction in interchange means more fatigue so a player gifted in attacking instincts becomes doubly valuable.
 

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I "d sum up Fainu "s strengths as deft footwork and deceptively quick and ability to beat defenders . Strong enough to hold his own in the the ruck defensively . When he scored that vital try in that comeback win against the Bunnies last season at Brookie , showed that he had some above average talent . Maybe would have expected to be at least an 60 minute player this season [. but fate has intervened now unfortunately ] . Levi also has good speed and some valuable experience now and behind an imposing [ Manly ] forward pack should go well [that is if he is definitely on the move to Manly .
 

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Fainu "s strengths
I think another of Fainu's strengths is his intuition. He is a natural footy player and seems to always take the right option in attack. (He doesn't overplay, but occasionally may underplay.) I also like his ability to scoop up the ball one handed at dummy half whilst in motion - puts the team on the front foot.

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Not sure he's coming across as super keen/ appreciative here... "don't want to leave but gotta do what you gotta do" isn't a glowing endorsement of someone who wants to be here?
Don't forget that this story is written by a Newcastle journo for consumption by Newcastle fans. Of course he's not going to slag off the locals.
If/when he signs with Manly you can expect a different set of cliches, ie:
  • "Manly's a strong club with a rich history"
  • "I've always admired the way Manly plays attractive attacking football."
  • I've always wanted to play under Des Hasler"
  • This is a chance to resurrect my NRL career"
  • "Manly has a very strong squad so I'll need to be at my best to crack a spot in the top 17."
  • "I'm grateful to Manly for giving me this opportunity"
  • "I enjoy surfing so living close to the beach is ideal"
.... I could write the announcement now such is the way PR spin works.
 

ShanghaiEagle

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Don't forget that this story is written by a Newcastle journo for consumption by Newcastle fans. Of course he's not going to slag off the locals.
If/when he signs with Manly you can expect a different set of cliches, ie:
  • "Manly's a strong club with a rich history"
  • "I've always admired the way Manly plays attractive attacking football."
  • I've always wanted to play under Des Hasler"
  • This is a chance to resurrect my NRL career"
  • "Manly has a very strong squad so I'll need to be at my best to crack a spot in the top 17."
  • "I'm grateful to Manly for giving me this opportunity"
  • "I enjoy surfing so living close to the beach is ideal"
.... I could write the announcement now such is the way PR spin works.
Mate I will hire you as my PR advisory the next time I make a career move!
 

MadMarcus

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Don't forget that this story is written by a Newcastle journo for consumption by Newcastle fans. Of course he's not going to slag off the locals.
If/when he signs with Manly you can expect a different set of cliches, ie:
  • "Manly's a strong club with a rich history"
  • "I've always admired the way Manly plays attractive attacking football."
  • I've always wanted to play under Des Hasler"
  • This is a chance to resurrect my NRL career"
  • "Manly has a very strong squad so I'll need to be at my best to crack a spot in the top 17."
  • "I'm grateful to Manly for giving me this opportunity"
  • "I enjoy surfing so living close to the beach is ideal"
.... I could write the announcement now such is the way PR spin works.
You forgot “It will be a refreshing change to play for a club whose history is not defined by performance enhancing and recreational drugs”.
 

wombatgc

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Don't forget that this story is written by a Newcastle journo for consumption by Newcastle fans. Of course he's not going to slag off the locals.
If/when he signs with Manly you can expect a different set of cliches, ie:
  • "Manly's a strong club with a rich history"
  • "I've always admired the way Manly plays attractive attacking football."
  • I've always wanted to play under Des Hasler"
  • This is a chance to resurrect my NRL career"
  • "Manly has a very strong squad so I'll need to be at my best to crack a spot in the top 17."
  • "I'm grateful to Manly for giving me this opportunity"
  • "I enjoy surfing so living close to the beach is ideal"
.... I could write the announcement now such is the way PR spin works.
That is so spot on it’s scary. Regardless of your 40 years experience.@:)
 

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There's an article where both Danny (quoted), and the club confirm a contracts been signed. Sec, I'll try and find it:


NRL | Hooker Danny Levi is on the verge of quitting the Knights to join Manly
  • BARRY TOOHEY

View attachment 13407

Leaving: Unwanted Knights hooker Danny Levi is on the verge of quitting the club to join rival club Manly. Picture: Max Mason-Hubbers.

Unwanted Knights hooker Danny Levi admits the downside of a move to Manly to resurrect his NRL career will be leaving Newcastle and a host of close teammates behind.
The former Kiwi international is on the verge of linking with the Eagles immediately despite having a year to run at the Knights with a deal almost certain to be finalised within the next day or two.

"I don't want to jump the gun after what happened last time [with a deal at Parramatta falling over at the 11th hour] but hopefully, I'll get a call from my manager today or tomorrow and it will be done," Levi told the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday.
"It's all happened pretty quick. I only found out about it on Sunday night and pretty much it's all happening now so it's all good."

The Knights aren't commenting on Levi's pending move until it's finalised but it's understood a release was requested on Monday pending settlement of the deal with the Eagles.
The Knights have made it clear they would not stand in the way of the 24-year-old hooker going elsewhere after signing Jayden Brailey from Cronulla as their number one hooker during last season.
Brailey is regarded as an 80 minute player but the club also has utility Connor Watson as a hooking back-up along with the emerging Luke Huth.
Levi faced the prospect of playing a season in NSW Cup if he remained at the Knights.

He knew the writing was on the wall when Brailey was enticed from the Sharks.
"It was pretty much a sign they were telling me without telling me when they signed him [Brailey] so I just needed to do what I had to do - prove myself somewhere else," he said. "Maybe if I was moving with my family to the heart of Sydney, I wouldn't be too keen but Manly seems a nice area so it's all good.
"I love this place [Newcastle] and all the boys here and that's not going to change but you've got to do what you've got to do."
The Newcastle Herald first touted Levi's links to Manly last October after the club's number one hooker Manase Fainu was stood down under the NRL's no-fault policy following an alleged stabbing of a man at a church dance party in Sydney's west.
Fainu has pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company.
He is due back in court on February 3 and has been stood down until the case has been fully resolved.
I’m hoping we get Levi. And great to see you back Ryan.
 

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