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We have all learned our lessons and I hope Des has learned his as well as he has not won a comp since 2011 .That’s where I learnt my lesson lol, thought he was a terrible signing when we announced him
Actually all those posters were spot on. The players you mention only started improving after reading the advice we were giving out here.Lol, always cracks me up reading the “couldn’t even make the Eels” type chat on here. A quick refresher of initial opinions of some of the 2008 squad when we signed them or halfway through their opening seasons
Robertson “can’t even make the Canberra side, dud”
Matai “can’t defend, will never be a first grader”
Lyon “fat, useless, overrated piece of ****”
Orford “hopeless, will never win a comp with him in the 7”
Kite “can’t catch, waste of money”
Ballin “Bennett reject, why would we want him”
Perry “Newcastle don’t want him, must be ****”
Hall “reserve grader at multiple clubs, crap”
Bryant “Mark who, can’t even make the **** raiders, why do we want him”
Move onto later years and you have the likes of Galuvao “rusty told him to become a priest, useless and will offer nothing”
Moral of the story - Judge guys on what they produce when they are actually here
Which is basically what i said Mark.Des Hasler once said to me ( at one of the functions we had ) and in response to my question which was “ we’ve made the top 4 Des so what sets us aside from the other 7 to win this thing “.
He said , “ basically the top 4 all are about the same level so it really comes down to attitude , belief in your mates and the will to succeed , oh and if you’ve got some great leaders the others will follow”.
The month , August
The venue , Crown Plaza, Gold Coast
I don’t think it’s too hard to pick out who you’d be targeting on this and it’s an opinion and opinions are like arseholes ( everyone has one ) so go hard or go home I reckon !!Which is basically what i said Mark.
1) A good attitude is first and foremost(they tend to be the self motivators with a good work ethic no matter what and offer a consistency in performance you can rely on)
2)Because you know the players inside and outside of you are working with a good attitude you feel apart of a team, you have belief in each other to be their for each other when times are tough on and off the field.
3)Leaders in the team keep highlighting standards and push levels of performance in themselves and others.
Right now our player mix in terms of the above is not right, i could go through a list of what i think is the negative personality traits in the team and where the mix is lacking but it can easily be shot down as "you're an outsider, what would you know of each individual" and we are back to square one or i end up being seen as "not a true supporter".
Too many players in this squad fit inside these categories,
Needing a father figure, A confidence player, lacking maturity off the field, playing within themselves/protecting themselves, lacking leadership.
Hopefully the purchase of Foran can deliver some "run it f**k ya" moments during the season, problem is Foran is not going to play hard like the previous leader he was and as such won't be able to lead by example----will just piss others off if he plays soft and comes up with such a comment.I don’t think it’s too hard to pick out who you’d be targeting on this and it’s an opinion and opinions are like arseholes ( everyone has one ) so go hard or go home I reckon !!
No doubt the success we had in 2007/08 came off the back of the input of Ben Kennedy in 2005-06, we lack that genuine leader now undoubtedly.
And the players just moulded together ( poker parties and the like ) and you could see they were a team!!
As you know there’s no “ I” in team and in my opinion one of the things really lacking currently is a team attitude / culture ....watch how the young Panthers go just to see how that works.