Ben Trbojevic

Bencher
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He could make a decent center but i think you're right 2nd row seems his go. Needs to bulk up a bit.... needs the suli maccas pass for a month 🤣

How did he go in the trials in the centers?
Limited opportunities for Burbo in the trials but managed O K . See him more in the Jetski role , essentially a back rower who can cover a centre role as Jetski did on a not irregular basis during his Manly stint . Just would seem more comfortable and suited in the back row after playing there in his junior years , still young and learning but with his attributes , probably just needs a bit more experience and endurance level to become a more rounded i st grader . Your Dunder caption reference , maybe a QLD connection .
 
Bencher
For all you Curtis Sironen baggers...if you bothered to read his comments before leaving for the UK you'd have seen he was not pissed at Manly at all, was grateful for his time at Manly & rejected his father's claims that his injuries were not monitored or that he returned from injury to early. Can't believe the $hit some of our players & ex players cop on Silvertails. Curtis was injured playing for Manly so show some respect.....Tom was injured being a twat yet no one bothered to bag him!
Hold your fire madmax, 99% of people on here were bagging Sirros old man, not Curtis...
 
Snake's Alive!
I can totally understand the discussion but personally, I don’t see any drama with Ben’s development at this stage. He’s only 20 and already played 4 FG games. That’s 3 more than Jake T had played at that age. He will be fine.

He will get bigger naturally and is already very tall. The biggest factor in his development at this stage, is quality in front of him. He’s got two freaks in Schu and Haumole in front of him in the back row. He’s not really a specialist centre so the likes of Parker, Harper, Tui, Koula and even Walker are probably going to get the jump on him there.

I like the idea of him getting a run in the back row ahead of all but Bullemor, if our two starters are out for rd.1. I like knowing that effort will not be our undoing.
 
I can totally understand the discussion but personally, I don’t see any drama with Ben’s development at this stage. He’s only 20 and already played 4 FG games. That’s 3 more than Jake T had played at that age. He will be fine.

He will get bigger naturally and is already very tall. The biggest factor in his development at this stage, is quality in front of him. He’s got two freaks in Schu and Haumole in front of him in the back row. He’s not really a specialist centre so the likes of Parker, Harper, Tui, Koula and even Walker are probably going to get the jump on him there.

I like the idea of him getting a run in the back row ahead of all but Bullemor, if our two starters are out for rd.1. I like knowing that effort will not be our undoing.
Burbo is injured till Round 4 Snake?
 
Bencher
If you read some comments in here many are directed at Curtis mate.....it's just the norm for many to bag our players.
Unfortunately Curtis copped a bit of collateral damage in those comments. Those comments were made after Curtis left the club not while he was still with us.
 
Bencher
No many in here were bagging him before he left the club.
Well if they were, it would of been on the lines of how much time Curtis has spent on the sidelines, and how much cap money it's costing us. These sort of issues are brought up in every club, it isn't like the good old days anymore, clubs are under pressure to get maximum return for every dollar they spend.
 
Bencher
Well if they were, it would of been on the lines of how much time Curtis has spent on the sidelines, and how much cap money it's costing us. These sort of issues are brought up in every club, it isn't like the good old days anymore, clubs are under pressure to get maximum return for every dollar they spend.
The amount of players that have been bagged on here is quite long mate….Curtis, Walker, Parker, Suli (when still here), Marty, Harper, Garrick, Croker, Sipley just to name a few. I sometimes shake my head when reading comments made about specific players & the intense dislike of them. Anyway my opinion only…..
 
Bencher
The amount of players that have been bagged on here is quite long mate….Curtis, Walker, Parker, Suli (when still here), Marty, Harper, Garrick, Croker, Sipley just to name a few. I sometimes shake my head when reading comments made about specific players & the intense dislike of them. Anyway my opinion only…..
I agree with what you say, I've had some ding dong battles defending Foran and his right to be our first choice 5/8. I don't get some of the arguments and explanations that people trot out. But in the end everyone as you say, has an opinion.
 
Reserve Grader
He's been unlucky in first grade so far - injuries and head high shots have given the guy no momentum to play multiple games in a row.

However from a smallish sample size I haven't seen too much to think he can be anymore than just a decent first grader. Does he have an elite skill? Doesn't really seem fast enough to play in the centres and doesn't seem powerful enough to be impactful in the forwards.

He's young so hopefully he still has considerable room for improvement. But at this stage I can't see him being more than just a fringe first grader.

Interested to hear if others think he can be more than this,
 

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