Josh Perry. After we were rumoured to buy him, I have been watching him. Sorry lads, but he is pathetic. Lumbering. Overweight. Slow. Low workrate. I just don't get how we have lost Monaghan / Burns / Williamson / Dunley probably, and only get that bum, after we upgrade contracts. Brisbane I agree have released some good talent in Tate & Berrigan. But they had to upgrade Hunt, HODGES, Eastwood, Boyd, Michaels, Moon and co. Now they go and sign Simms. I mean, they already have Parker, Thaiday, Carroll, Eastwood, Stagg & Thorn in the backrow. I guess depth never hurts eh?? !! I also want to say this player exodus (not only from Manly) is a little frustrating from a fans perspective. I believe I have an affiliation with the players, but it's getting tougher by the day. I know it's a professional sport and all, but in the end, isn't it supposed to be entertainment, for the fans? Where's the passion gone? Thank goodness for players like Beaver. Now...what is happenning to Manly's season? The Panthers were bad. The Rabbits (even though we won) was a little worse. Last night was plain terrible. Is it just me, or does the team look flat / lethargic? Slow play the balls for example. Everybody knows how adament I am to always defend Orford. Honestly though, he is a shocker (moreso this year). He offers nothing in attack in the opposition 20. I saw a glimpse of that last year in that final against The Dragons. This year he is geting worse. Is it just me, or does he look dis-interested? I remember him dominating at The Storm. It's like he's just going along for the ride here at Manly. I cannot fathom how someone who doesn't even get selected for City / Country pulls in more than Darren Lockyer. It then gets me to thinking about Bellamy last year. He dumped Scott Hill and Billy Slater to Norths PL. Can we imagine Des dropping Stewart / Orford to PL? We all know that answer, and as stupid as it sounds, maybe a reality check for the highest paid player at our club is warranted. It's not as though we don't have alternatives. Monaghan has dominated at 1/2 back this year. Another absolute shocker for mine is Lyon at 5/8. I know Jungle King loves him. But I also bet Jungle King had visions of him making busts out wide in the centres / edges, and tearing the opposition apart, rather than in the middle of the ruck, tackling his guts out !!! Desmond is just so damned frustrating. Backrowers playing centre. 1/2's playing Hooker. Hookers playing Premier League. 5/8's playing utility. Then these specialised players get released to move one of the worlds best centres to a position he fails at??? Honestly though, that'll do me. I wanted to discuss our obvious deficiency last night about our forwards compared to The Bulldogs. I won't go down this track, as we all know where that leads. You all know by beef with Matai. While my opinion is as is, I can understand Nutzcraws and Kiwi Eagles position on him. Frankly, I agree. If he played an incident free year, and was consistent, he would have been one of our better players. BUT, do we roll the dice, and take the chance he will pull his finger out of his bum next year? Des says yes - as he has released Burns to cater for Matai and Lyon. Rant over and out. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: Ryano - at his tragic best !!!