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Bring back the.... Biff?

Foran 2021 Eagle
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Sign:
  • Angus Crichton from Chooks $650k, OR Ray Stone from Eels ($200k) if we have no cap space as always
  • Jason Saab from Dragons ($200k)
  • Schneider from Eels ($100k)

Signed:
  • Keiran Foran ($300k)
  • Andrew Davey ($180k)

Team that is actually possible with good management:
1. Trbojevic 2. Saab 3. Walker 4. Suli 5. Funa 6. Schuster 7. Cherry-Evans
8. Paseka 9. Cust 10. Taupau 11. Davey 12. Sironen 13. Trbojevic
14. Foran 15. Stone 16. Keppie 17. Olakau'atu
18. Garrick 19. Saddler 20. Schneider 21. S.Fainu
Tom stays fit we could make top 4

22. Gosiewski 23. Parker 24. Taufua 25. Trbojevic 26. Harper
27. Miski 28. Titmuss 29. Hopoate 30. Croker (pending: M.Fainu)

wait for Parker, Taufua and Croker's contracts to roll off then get a quality forward in 2022.
Angus Crichton? The Angus Crichton? Now way we will get someone like that hahaha dont give me a half mast for nothing mate
 

Bring back the.... Biff?

Foran 2021 Eagle
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Agreed, big if. But if we could afford someone of that calibre, with a lot of outgoing players, would be awesome.

He will go to union for the World Cup post chooks.
Haha that would be such an awesome signing. Imo he is one of the best backrowers going round. Either him or Tupouniua would be a great steal from the rorters. Alas they will most likely keep both.... did somebody say kfc?
 

Ron E. Gibbs

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Agree with the other smart blokes in this thread: can we just get a ****ing hooker, please? Even if - and it's a HUGE if - Manase is able to play, we still need a decent backup. "Depth" is not just about having players who might be able to fill in by playing in a position they've never played before should the occasion arise. It's about having quality backup players in specialist positions.
 

jamesie

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Agree with the other smart blokes in this thread: can we just get a ****ing hooker, please? Even if - and it's a HUGE if - Manase is able to play, we still need a decent backup. "Depth" is not just about having players who might be able to fill in by playing in a position they've never played before should the occasion arise. It's about having quality backup players in specialist positions.
About the smartest thing I have read on here for a while
 

Woodsie

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We went after hetherington so that to me suggests we are or were in the market. Maybe the hetherington move had something to do with Boyle. I heard he was off to the dogs... now seems hes staying. Iv never been a fan of sipley. Too slow and no impact imho.. i hope we are looking at someone else or look to bring in young fainu
Zac Saddler the other missing man may be the hope of the side ..
 

Smokin Joe

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For prop ... I see we still have Sipley and Boyle ... so don't know if we are getting another
We have Marty,Paseka,Boyle,Keppie,Sipley,Titmuss,Fainu,Saddler,Tuitavake with Jake and Olakau'atu who can play there,I have no idea why people think we need to splash money on another prop,we need another prop like we need another centre....
 

Peter C

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He has been offered a contract which was knocked back - the gist I get is he won’t be offered another one by us.
He obviously didn't take into consideration the time that he was been paid by us but didn't play due to injury, even though it may have been a development contract.
The Hopoates are tarred with the same brush, chasing the early big payout
 

Batty

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We have Marty,Paseka,Boyle,Keppie,Sipley,Titmuss,Fainu,Saddler,Tuitavake with Jake and Olakau'atu who can play there,I have no idea why people think we need to splash money on another prop,we need another prop like we need another centre....
Exactly.
Hooker is the missing link for us in 2021 and I hope the club has a back up for Fainu who looks set to spend most of the year on the sidelines.
 

Smokin Joe

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Exactly.
Hooker is the missing link for us in 2021 and I hope the club has a back up for Fainu who looks set to spend most of the year on the sidelines.
I would like us to get another half and another hooker,I think we are ok elsewhere if we are getting Saab as mentioned.
ZDC and Phythian from within would suit me,but if the club is aiming higher then so be it....
 

SeaEagleRock8

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He has been offered a contract which was knocked back - the gist I get is he won’t be offered another one by us.
I'm not disappointed, if that's true. Before seeing him play I imagined a vastly different player to what he showed. I don't blame him for chasing money but I'm pleased we aren't going to be throwing it willy nilly.

Letting AFB walk, and signing guys like Foran and Davey, has a real Moneyball feel to it. Which is filling me with some hope for a strong resurgence.

As for Hoppa, he'll get a run somewhere. Maybe Storm could afford to take him on as a development project and wait to see if he comes good.
 

sean john

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Im sure grant wouldn't be on our radar due to manase but surely we would be of interest for him. Playing 9 at club level amd having the combination with the qld captain and halfback would do wonders with SOO selections in the future. Woukd be good for QLD and manly
 

Batty

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I would like us to get another half and another hooker,I think we are ok elsewhere if we are getting Saab as mentioned.
ZDC and Phythian from within would suit me,but if the club is aiming higher then so be it....
With Cust and Croker still on the books, Foz and Walker able to cover there and DCE and Schuster most likely the 2 starters don’t you think that would be enough?

You probably know more than most Smokin but if ZDC and Pythian were highly thought of I would have thought their appearances would have happened in 2020.

We really need a strong 9 to lay the platform for our pack or we will be behind the 8 ball like we were much of 2020 with no Fainu. Levi highlighted how critical of a role it is and if ZDC and Pythian are the answer, we are in big big trouble.

The club should be perusing every single 9 option in the comp to look for fresh blood from elsewhere or a proven 9 with good vision to ensure our packs momentum.
 

Mark from Brisbane

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With Cust and Croker still on the books, Foz and Walker able to cover there and DCE and Schuster most likely the 2 starters don’t you think that would be enough?

You probably know more than most Smokin but if ZDC and Pythian were highly thought of I would have thought their appearances would have happened in 2020.

We really need a strong 9 to lay the platform for our pack or we will be behind the 8 ball like we were much of 2020 with no Fainu. Levi highlighted how critical of a role it is and if ZDC and Pythian are the answer, we are in big big trouble.

The club should be perusing every single 9 option in the comp to look for fresh blood from elsewhere or a proven 9 with good vision to ensure our packs momentum.
Croker is BWSE at best , should never be seen in first grade again!!
 

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