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George Rose hated Craig Bellamy and almost quit the Storm

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 13, 2014.

By Jethro on Feb 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM
  1. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    GEORGE Rose had penned his resignation letter.

    The Manly recruit and NRL cult hero had it mapped out in his head exactly what he would write to Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 13, 2014.

    1. Jethro

      Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +2,307 /13
      GEORGE Rose had penned his resignation letter.

      The Manly recruit and NRL cult hero had it mapped out in his head exactly what he would write to Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

      [​IMG]The 116kg wrecking ball’s new adventure in Melbourne over before it had begun.

      The thought came to him in the early hours of a muggy December morning as he walked the dreaded 1000 steps in the Dandenong Ranges for a second time.

      Rose had already hiked 44km through the day and night as part of a brutal two-day training camp that was sprung on the Melbourne playing group without warning.

      A physically and mentally shattered Rose had his mind made up and wanted to jump on the next flight back to Sydney.

      “Seriously I had all sorts of demons on that walk,” Rose said.

      “In my head I was writing out a speech to Craig Bellamy telling him I’m out of here and how much I hated him.

      “I was coming down the hill and I was thinking my legs are stuffed, I’ve ripped muscles off the bone, my joints are swollen.

      “It was a case of ‘Why am I here? I don’t need this and I’m done.’”

      Storm premiership players such as Ryan Hinchcliffe labelled the hike the “hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

      Rose said it took everything he had not to hoist the white flag.

      “I knew exactly what I would say to them – I was going to walk into (Storm football manager) Frank Ponissi’s office and sit Bellamy down,” he said.

      “I was absolutely at my brink, but I’m glad I didn’t cross over.

      “I had some crazy thoughts, but to come through it and not give in was a huge boost and I’m very proud of that.”

      The big man is fighting fit after a gruelling pre-season like nothing he every experienced at the Sea Eagles.

      “One thing that surprised me was how similar the two club’s successes had been over the past 10 years and how different they are,” Rose said.

      “They train really hard here and it has been one of the toughest pre-seasons I have had, if not the toughest.

      “It’s the culture here – it’s work hard and reap the rewards later.”

      Rose is set to bolster Melbourne’s forward pack this season after shedding 8kg since arriving in Melbourne.

      There is no doubting the 30-year-old’s ability to turn games.

      Coming off the bench in last year’s preliminary final, the man known as “Gorgeous George” threw his big frame at the South Sydney wall with ferocity time and time again.

      He skittled the Bunnies on almost every carry to help lift his side to victory.

      Before Bellamy signed Rose late last year, he asked skipper Cameron Smith for his thoughts on the Manly hulk.

      Smith quickly urged the coach to complete the deal.

      “Going off matches when we’ve played against George, he was always a handful and gave his team impact off the bench and momentum,” Smith said.

      “As a dummy half that is always something you are looking for in your forwards and there is probably no one better in the game at creating a quick play the ball than George.”

      Rose has been involved in many heated battles with Melbourne over the years.

      But while his former club and Melbourne have long been rivals, Rose said he was always open to joining Storm.

      “Actually nearly every time I came off contract I looked at Melbourne as an option,” he said.

      “I always had respect for Melbourne even though there was that rivalry because I liked the way they played.

      “But I could never bring myself to come down being at one club for so long.

      “I needed a change and what bigger change could you get than to come down here to Melbourne?”

      With his big build and figure-hugging jumper, Rose is a much loved player in the NRL.

      But he is also an easy target for opposition fans.

      He said he was still getting used to receiving cheers from the same Storm supporters that used to berate him at AAMI Park.

      “Walking around signing autographs after the trial game last week, some of the Storm fans apologised for some of the things they had said over the years,” Rose laughed.

      “But it’s fair enough and it’s good the supporters have that passion.

      “To be cheered and not booed for once at AAMI Park was nice.”

      Nick Smart

    2. jbb/james

      jbb/james Well-Known Member Premium Member

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      Fair enough George. I recently moved house and felt exhausted. I also was going to write bellamy a letter on how much I hated him as a result. I was that tired i was going to include smith and slater in my rant
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      • globaleagle

        globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        So since leaving.....

        He now says both clubs have had similar success, which is not true and he knows we all hate that reference, and

        He's finally losing the weight that Des and 2v begged him to for years.

        I know you guys like him, etc but he has moved into just another storm player category for me. No more 'oh I wish him well but not against manly' rubbish from me.

        Anyone who saw the pre-season training vids of manly from last year would show how hard the men work, and not to lose weight going through all of that, takes a fair degree of disrespect of the Manly work ethic.
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        • wedgetail eagle

          wedgetail eagle Well-Known Member Premium Member

          +2,152 /11
          It doesn't take a 44klm hike for me to hate the Storm & Bellamy.
          How about Hinchcliffe,
          "the hardest thing I've ever done".
          Stay away from the Military then, cobber.
        • HappilyManly

          HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          George could turn into the Scum's Tex :p

          Seeing him in their recent Trials, he has regained most of the weight just to spite them :cool:
        • Ralphie

          Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member

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          I'm installing a new septic system on my farm and I have noticed that all fittings for the system are required by Council to be purple, signifying putrid filth.

          I thought to myself, yeah that makes perfect sense to me.
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          • COMMANDER


            +2,412 /121
            he would have put the 8kg's on over xmas from his playing weight at Manly.

            He will still be a BFC this season.
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            • Killer03

              Killer03 Well-Known Member

              +3,437 /32
              I'm starting to get tired of this crusade by the press to show how Bellamy has succeeded where Tooves and the Sea Eagles training staff have failed.

              Agree with you Global Eagle. We are not the two best teams in the last decade. We are the most successful as we didn't cheat the salary cap.
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              • TagMonster

                TagMonster Well-Known Member

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                Its also interesting to note that google describes the colour dark purple as 'invokes gloom and sadness. It causes frustration' and that light purple 'is a good choice for feminine designs. Also effective for children.'

                So by that logic, a team that wears purple would invoke frustration and is generally worn by women and children. Seems to accurate represent Melbourne players and fans.
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                • mickqld

                  mickqld Sack Greenslime 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                  Obviously no maccas near George's home or training. Sick of hearing it just shows how little respect he had here to not do the hard yards.
                • double hoops

                  double hoops Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                  Lost 8 KG. Hardest pre season Georgie's ever had. "It's the culture at Melbourne work hard and reap rewards". I say credit were credits due to Belly Ache. Both Hasler and 2v failed in the past with changing George. Cuthbo another who lost a stack of weight when leaving suggest some things at our club can be improved. In fairness to Toov's 2012 he's a first year coach confronted by a senior playing group dictating how hard they wanted to work. I suspect times have changed, with long time players like Kite and Georgie being moved on. Now Gifty seemingly given the facts of life suggests Toovs is in charge. Perhaps physically and mentally some players at the Eags will have room to improve. So thanks Georgie but we are pretty aware it's ship up or ship out.
                • Chip and Chase

                  Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                  I'd like to write Bellamy a letter as well but I think there are laws against that sort of thing.
                • Stevo

                  Stevo Well-Known Member

                  +1,401 /56
                  Told yas he was just a big lazy FC
                • Oliver

                  Oliver Active Member

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                  “I was coming down the hill and I was thinking my legs are stuffed, I’ve ripped muscles off the bone, my joints are swollen."

                  Sounds like something a lazy fatty would say. Why are they always over dramatic?
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                  • MadMarcus

                    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                    Sounds like he could be pregnant?
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                    • lsz

                      lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

                      +4,849 /102
                      It is noting more than a beat up

                      Player leaves club goes to new one and has to talk about "how great" things are

                      Look our players do the same whenever they join. What do you expect him to say? I think it sucks in Melbourne as they are cap cheating, grapple tackling inbreads...and they have Billy Slater...
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                      • Blowfly

                        Blowfly Well-Known Member

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                        Like most of us I loved George while he was at Manly but unlike some I'll be giving him as much stick as anyone in that filthy jersey this year.

                        He's one if them now regardless of what he's done in the past.

                        His icon status at Brookie is null & void now as far as I'm concerned!

                        GO MANLY!
                      • SeaEagleRock8

                        SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

                        +10,557 /215
                        Exactly. For some players being moved on is the only thing that makes them finally pull the finger out. I don't blame Toovey and Hasler etc for failing to get the guy fit, that is ridiculous.

                        If Bellamy has a skinny George to start the year, good luck to him. It won't be the real George though, and in any case it probably won't last long.
                      • Budgewoi Eagle

                        Budgewoi Eagle In for the long haul. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

                        +5,820 /82
                        I always thought the best and worst thing to happen for the George Manly relationship was his horrific broken leg. The club stuck by him which I think probably won his heart for the team but at the same time always meant he played them for a bit of a soft touch.

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