[Resurrected] Sitili Tupouniua

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47MVEagle

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It could also be because they have decided to move Radley to 2nd row & already have Crichton, Wong, Nat Butcher, Egan Butcher as other options. I agree tho Id definitely be concerned about his injuries too. if they really want to move on a back rower hopefully manly enquires about Wong, lots of potential in him
Remember they were chasing Fifita though, so their glut of backrowers would also have been an issue had they signed him.
 

manly al

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Remember they were chasing Fifita though, so their glut of backrowers would also have been an issue had they signed him.
Think that that coincided with the Roosters trying to off load Crichton but that position has considerably changed after missing out on Fifita .
Tupouniua was or seemed to be going quite well 2 or 3 years ago but whether injury or general form issues , does not seem to have the same impact for some time now .
Not that i follow the Roosters to any real extent .
A couple of other handy back rowers there and should at least be looked at and if on the market
 

ManlyGM

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Michael Chammas on 100% Footy saying Manly, Dolphins and Dogs have all expressed an interest in Tupouniua. Although he's contracted for another 3 years, the Roosters apparently gave him permission to look around due to cap issues, but conditionally on them re-signing Angus Crichton.
"There's no offer on the table from the Bulldogs - the Dolphins and Manly are interested in Sitili Tupouniua, they have expressed interest but that all hinges on what happens around Angus Crichton."

So reckon Sitili would be a good buy, even though injuries are concerning. The second row depth behind Haumole and Burbo is pretty poor so Sitili probably walks straight into our side.

Don’t see that pathway for him in a Bulldogs side that has Kikau, Preston, Salmon. Dolphins make sense with Aitken off and Kaufusi and Bromwich aging. Not really sure about other potential second rowers that could be available but would be all for Manly signing Sitili.
 
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bob dylan

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I can name 10 Roosters forwards i'd much rather have.

Creighton, Collins, JWH, Watson, Leniu, Whyte, May, Radley, Egan Butcher and Nat Butcher.

He seems to have lost his mojo.

Does Manly want to buy the 11th or 12th best Roosters forward?

If we dont I guess we buy another Tiger. Seyfarth?

My opinion, for what its worth, save the money and go after a better player.
 

Scorpio

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Just resign Samuela. He is only on $500k a year.
He was signed at the Tigers for $500k a year for 4 years after 5 NRL games. Latu likewise but after 0 games and still hasn't debuted.

Worth asking... how much do you think his manager would ask for now? I would think that quoted value will be upgraded too.
 

Will on the hill

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He was signed at the Tigers for $500k a year for 4 years after 5 NRL games. Latu likewise but after 0 games and still hasn't debuted.

Worth asking... how much do you think his manager would ask for now? I would think that quoted value will be upgraded too.
Take your point but Latu has played 4 games, all off the bench.
 

ALinda

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A newspaper excerpt posted on FB:
"Manly has emerged as a strong contender for Roosters back-rower Sitili Tupouniua who has been given permission to talk with rival clubs despite three years left on his deal.
It is understood the Sea Eagles have met with the 27-year-old who is expected to leave the Roosters at the end of the season.
Canterbury and the Dolphins are the other clubs in the mix. Despite reports this week that Tupouniua had already agreed to join the Bulldogs it is understood that a deal is far from done.
The Bulldogs are still well in the hunt to land Tupouniua although the Sea Eagles are also circling.
The Roosters log-jam of forwards means that Tupouniua has been reluctantly squeezed out of the club. Manly have some cash available given their decision to cut ties with Josh Schuster."
 

JakeyB789

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I am surprised there are some on here against signing Tupouniua

Yes he is down the pecking order at the Roosters and we’d all love to pick up a Crichton, Wong or Whyte instead but even if they were to let any of them go, they would command far more than we can afford with our fkd up salary cap. Tupouniua at least seems affordable and I think would be a regular starter on most other teams that aren’t stacked like the Roosters are

Injuries have affected him in recent years but he seems to have stayed fit this year and is still only 27. Would be a very decent upgrade on Burbo IMO
 

SeaEagleRock8

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Injuries have affected him in recent years but he seems to have stayed fit this year and is still only 27. Would be a very decent upgrade on Burbo IMO
Stayed fit enough to play, but not sure if it's been his best form. He's had an ACL, then a serious neck injury.
If fully fit he'd be a great addition but if he was fully fit would the Chooks be looking elsewhere? Not sure.
 

47MVEagle

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He used to be a kamikaze player, he’d hit the line harder than any other player was a few years ago, all elbows & knees & hard angles, but I haven’t seen that from him for a couple of years, no doubt due to his injuries.

I don’t know what he’s like in the leadership/senior player stakes as he was usually used off the bench so I never saw him as a starter/mainstay of the roosters.

He could be worth a go.
 

mave

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Playing starting left centre tonight, against the hapless Tigers, and I'm not loving anything I'm seeing.....despite the Roosters being many, many classes above.

Hard pass from me.
 

Dion Johnson

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Playing starting left centre tonight, against the hapless Tigers, and I'm not loving anything I'm seeing.....despite the Roosters being many, many classes above.

Hard pass from me.
I am of similar view, not sure his game is what we need on the left edge, the squad are in need of an edge backrower though.
 

Rocky

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Depends on the price.... as all of these things usually are.

If its marquee money 750-800k, then no

If it's a solid first grader cash 500-600k..then i would take him.
 

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