Cust Gone ...

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Quite obvious that Manly has a few negotiations very well-advanced or otherwise cust wouldn't be released. I wonder who will be announced. Without Cust Walker Manase and DeLuis we're down to 26 in the NRL squad (although I still expect Walker will stay).

I think at least one, possibly 2 signings to come.
 
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Lawton was a 7 so has experience in that role. Also, bit harsh to say he didn’t impress being a late inclusion as 9 against a red hot Storm in the first week of the finals. There were far worse than him and I’m sure given the opportunity he would actually excel at 9.

None of the stand in 7s will be as good as DCE. That’s a given.
But none of Lawton, Walker, Croker, Schuster will be worse than Cust in my opinion.

No loss.

Wouldn’t be surprised if the club doesn’t have a back up half in their sights.
Mate walker cant kick for peanuts and you think he is a better kicker than Cust. Haven't seen much of a kicking game from lawton or Schuster either tbh. Croker would go alright at 7 though.
 
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We must have more options coming. No way we start the season with such little depth in halves and hooker.
Hooker options:
Croker: 1 year as a hooker
Lawton: Back up and utility and not a genuine 9

Halves:
Chez: Has played a lot of games for us luckily, can only hope he stays injury free
Foz: Aging and will be lucky to play as many games this year again
Schuster: Only played a handful of games in the #6 at NRL level
Walker: A centre turned 5/8 turned utility

God forbid if we lost Chez and Foz for an extended period. That would be the least experienced spine in the comp.

Add to that we have no genuine back up fullback, we are a couple injuries away from being in massive trouble. We MUST sign another hooker/half OR get Fainu back asap and we must sign another outside back, preferably someone who can also cover fullback!
 
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Walker has a reasonable kicking game , even bombs and when he was at 6 for Manly . Wouldn "t like to have him or rely on him as a main kicking option but effective enough in his previous role in the halves
 
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We must have more options coming. No way we start the season with such little depth in halves and hooker.
Hooker options:
Croker: 1 year as a hooker
Lawton: Back up and utility and not a genuine 9

Halves:
Chez: Has played a lot of games for us luckily, can only hope he stays injury free
Foz: Aging and will be lucky to play as many games this year again
Schuster: Only played a handful of games in the #6 at NRL level
Walker: A centre turned 5/8 turned utility

God forbid if we lost Chez and Foz for an extended period. That would be the least experienced spine in the comp.

Add to that we have no genuine back up fullback, we are a couple injuries away from being in massive trouble. We MUST sign another hooker/half OR get Fainu back asap and we must sign another outside back, preferably someone who can also cover fullback!
Monas looked in good shape last time i noticed him and could try him . , no,, but hey , is looking a little thin in that halves , utility department right now .
 
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Possibly we've got one or 2 Lawton-type signings about to be formalised. Some player(s) no-one was thinking of, a bolt from the blue.
I'm quite impressed with our recent recruitment and so fairly confident we've got some decent talent still to come.
I take it as a good sign that our recent player movements haven't been dragging on publicly the way Eels, Knights, Tigers have. The club has been doing a decent job of keeping things confidential so kudos to Humphreys for that (and bad luck for Zorba, who tipped Manly to collect the wooden spoon last year)
 
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What experience exactly does Lawton have as a 7? I can't find anything that suggests he has played 7 in NRL
Never said he was an experienced NRL 7.

He was a half. So has experience in the halves if he had to play there.
And he’s experienced in the NRL - 2nd row, 9, utility.
 
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Mate walker cant kick for peanuts and you think he is a better kicker than Cust. Haven't seen much of a kicking game from lawton or Schuster either tbh. Croker would go alright at 7 though.
Where did I say Walker was a better kicker than Cust?

That’s like saying Cust doesn’t have the ball skills of Schuster so he doesn’t deserve to be back up 7.
Or Cust doesn’t have the utility value of Lawton.

They each have their strengths and weaknesses. Kicking is part of that obviously. But as I’ve said now repeatedly, I think with Croker, Schuster, Walker, Lawton, Foz, possibly Fainu - we could cover DCE if he got injured for a few games.
That’s what this is all about. We aren’t discussing long term replacements - we are talking about coverage if DCE missed a few games.

I’m my opinion, you don’t organise your squad to have like for like replacements for injuries. You have players who can be utilised to cover the games where your $1.3m star halfback is out injured.

I think we’ll have something being organised in the background - my point is that even with Cust gone, I think we can cover DCE with the current players for a few games if he was to get injured.

If DCE was out in 2021 for a few games with injuries- I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Schuster, Croker or Walker take his spot - not Cust.
I wouldn’t see Cust coming in unless there were multiple injuries to multiple options at half.
That’s why he’s been released. Cause he’s down the pecking order.
 
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We must have more options coming. No way we start the season with such little depth in halves and hooker.
Hooker options:
Croker: 1 year as a hooker
Lawton: Back up and utility and not a genuine 9

Halves:
Chez: Has played a lot of games for us luckily, can only hope he stays injury free
Foz: Aging and will be lucky to play as many games this year again
Schuster: Only played a handful of games in the #6 at NRL level
Walker: A centre turned 5/8 turned utility

God forbid if we lost Chez and Foz for an extended period. That would be the least experienced spine in the comp.

Add to that we have no genuine back up fullback, we are a couple injuries away from being in massive trouble. We MUST sign another hooker/half OR get Fainu back asap and we must sign another outside back, preferably someone who can also cover fullback!
Agreed Robbo. By the numbers on the Manly website, I assume discussions underway with whoever?? Only 26 NRL players now registered with only 10 in the backs (including old Jorge). Forwards looking pretty powerful I must say but bugger all back up in the backs. If we assume Josh and Burbo can flip into say 5/8 and Centre then that's a bit more balanced and certainly makes sense. But still well short four (4) NRL players and four (4) Development players. Look forward to some announcements soon.
 
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Forwards looking pretty powerful I must say but bugger all back up in the backs.
With Cust gone and Walker still to be confirmed, the obvious gap is a player who can cover both halves and dummy half. And presumably better than Cust could.
Current list:
2 fullbacks
4 wingers
2 centres
1 5/8
1 half
8 props (not including Marty or Jake)
2 locks (Jake & Marty)
5 second rowers
1 hooker
 
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Flegg hooker Jack Birt is promising, and GCKT has been given a development contract. But they may be a year or so away from nrl.
 
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My guess is we would be talking to guys like these, they are not untried kids, all have shown some ability at times and each has played a bit of dummy half.
Chanel Harris-Tevita, Ray Stone, Adam Keighran
 
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With Cust gone and Walker still to be confirmed, the obvious gap is a player who can cover both halves and dummy half. And presumably better than Cust could.
Being mid November, pre-season training should be starting very soon. With Cust's release last night, I wouldn't be surprised if there's an announcement or two next week - a halves/dummy half cover, a Walker resolution, or hopefully something. Fingers crossed anyway...
 
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The good news is he could be back in a year or two. This resembles the Ben Farrar story about a decade ago.
Good point, only released to Super League only. Ben Farrar, this guy could of been anything came from Nth Qld I believe, for lots of reasons his time with us was one setback after another.
 
Never said he was an experienced NRL 7.

He was a half. So has experience in the halves if he had to play there.
And he’s experienced in the NRL - 2nd row, 9, utility.
I am asking what game time ge has actually played at 7? I never said he was experienced either, I'm simply asking what "experience"does he have as a half?
 
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I'm simply asking what "experience"does he have as a half?
He's played five eighth in lower grades (don't know about halfback). In the NRL, he's played 64 matches - 21 hooker, 33 bench, 9 second row, 1 centre.

 
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Not sure on that one Joe , admittedly have only seen him play briefly but would be surprised if he [ Zane ] would be [ or rated ] at i st grade NRL standard from what i noticed . Maybe you have seen something better from him but i would even rate Humphries ahead of him now and Jamie still has some way to go for i st grade level . E S L will be a good challenge for Cade , would have preferred for him to stay and primarily for depth but guess that factor alone gave him enough reasons to look at that ESL option ,. Plus the opportunity for a bit of interesting lifestyle and travel experience while he is over there and the Manly i st option for him when he returns is a positive for Manly .. Can only see Foz as a viable 7 alternative if D C E for now .
No worries Al,who is still on the market and better though?
I am talking about who could be added to the squad to replace him,without a doubt he is inexperienced,but give him more time at Workers and see what happens,all rookies are a gamble.
 

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