“ Triggered Boomer”
- Oct 2, 2008
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Agree with you.Panthers will only have a couple years window cos all these young guys will be with double in the next couple years
I thought getting rid of Matt Parcell was dumb at the end of 2016 and I still think its dumb. I also believe as I did then that it had more to do with Barrett's personal relationship with Api, who if you remember he brought with him from Penrith, than it was because Api was a better player.I think we also backed some of the wrong horses under that purge and the T. Barrett years.
Not only did we go tap out to dce and fall on our knees to keep him here, trent barrett then arrived and decided that he would try turn dce into a dominating, organising halfback which I place as one of his most costly mistakes. Still today, dce is not a step closer toward becoming that type of half, I hope Schuster/Foran's presence next year allows dce to be the 5/8 he always has been. Also, Tbaz established Jake as our third halfback and set up an attacking structure that not only featured Jake increasingly but also relied too much on offloads and individual spark/evasion from players like Api, Tommy Trbo and Walker rather than structured attack. That's why I remember being pissed off when Matt Parcell was sold to England while we retained Api Koroisau. Never was sold on Api with us because he wasn't a playmaker, he was an attacking opportunist in a time where we needed (and still need) playmakers. Good quality player but not the right fit unless he stayed on the bench like he did in 2019 and played that type of attacking-punch role.
So many mistakes from 2015, but we are in a position where many can be fixed during this offseason.
Remember this though. At the end of that first season, DCE had not only been part of an NRL premiership winning team but he would also make the Kangaroos Four Nations squad becoming a full fledged international. The way he's gone so far in first grade, Albert Hopoate would be flat out making the Tongan bench unless they had that many injuries that he was just about last man standing.You know DCE and contracts pisses me off. We signed him on a cheap arse contract because he was unwanted elsewhere. After a season surrounder by brett, glen, foran, jamie lyon he did a hoppa.
I'm talking in general about the approach of using the previous plays to make certain passes and plays more effective.The cut out pass on the weekend was just not on - he had two men inside that target that stroll in unmarked if he shortens the pass. Again nothing to do with the previous play - they had a try on a platter and DCE went for the long magic money ball.
Yeah, lots of pride was driving the things he has done. FMD, are you blind mate...he is a mercenary!Do you really think foran will come back for a third of what DCE is on. The man has pride.
Hoppa and Funa are only young there going to make mistakes that's how you learn. Funa has really impressed me at f/b but don't think he's a winger might be wrong but at least he's having a go, Hoppa hasn't played for 2 years it's going to take time to catch up. GO MANLYCan we add Hoppa, Funa and Crocker to that list?.
I don’t want to see any of these three ever again. all three a disgrace to the Manly jumper. Not even reserve grade level.
9 is the key.These signings might not be exact but as an example we are miles better off...
Foran - Croker (upgrade)
Saab - Garrick (upgrade)
Thommo - Olakau-atu (upgrade)
Waddell- Davey (upgrade)
Levi - Peats/Other (anyone is an upgrade)
Metcalfe- Cogger/Lam (upgrade- Similar)
T rex - Saddler (upgrade- Similar)
Elliott- Ben T (upgrade)
Boyle - Tolman (upgrade)
Add Turbo Walker Suli back in and The emergence of Schuster, Funa etc I think things will look completely different next year. We are adding some hard heads and some leadership to this side. If we can somehow get Fainu off then we are heavyweights. Even if Fainu is only allowed to play the last 3 rounds and finals, he could be a real Smokey for us in the finals off the bench. This side just has to put us in a position to give is a shot
Off contract players I personally think would strengthen the side from 2020, offer some more game management in the halves, and more hard running mobile pack.9 is the key.
As to who well that’s a big question mark.