OFFICIAL 2023 Roster & Rumour Tracker

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RUMOURS (STATUS)

Daejarn Asi: rumoured train & trial. (source: The League Scene) (TO EELS)
Steve Kearney (coach): offered assistant coach. (source: Badel) (APPEARS TO HAVE SAID NO)
Herbie Farnworth (2024): agreed to extend and upgrade until at least end 2025 (source: Badel ) (FRESH)
Tesi Niu: permitted to talk to other clubs (source: Rothfield, Dobbo) (TO DOLPHINS)
Karl Oloapu: wants to join Dolphins for more money. (source: Mole) (EARLY RELEASE TO BULLDOGS)
Deine Mariner: wants to join Dolphins for more money. (source: Badel) (REFUSED)
Keenan Palasia: release to join Titans immediately (source: Badel interview) (REFUSED, TO TITANS 2024)

PLAYER ROSTER FOR 2023 AND BEYOND
PLAYER202320242025
Adam ReynoldsHalf20232024
Billy WaltersHooker, half20232024
Blake MozerHooker202320242025
Brendan PiakuraSecond row20232024
Corey JensenProp2023
Corey OatesWing2023
Cory PaixHooker, half202320242025
Deine MarinerCentre, wing20232024
Delouise HoeterCentre, wing20232024
Ethan Quai-WardCentre, wing2023
Ezra MamHalf20232024
Herbie FarnworthCentre, wing, fullback2023
Jesse ArtharsCentre, wing2023
Jock MaddenHalf20232024
Jordan RikiSecond row20232024
Jordan PereiraWing2023
Keenan PalasiaSecond row2023Titans
Kobe HetheringtonLock202320242025
Kotoni StaggsCentre202320242025
Kurt CapewellSecond row20232024
Logan BaylissProp2023
Marty TaupauProp2023
Patrick CarriganProp, lock20232024
Payne HaasProp20232024
Reece WalshFullback202320242025
Selwyn CobboWing, centre, fullback202320242025
TC Robati (stood down)Second row20232024
Thomas FleglerProp2023
Xavier WillisonSecond row202320242025

TRAIN & TRIAL
Max Plath: utility
Tristan Sailor: utility
Jayden Morgan: prop
Liam Horne: hooker, lock
Will Samuel: prop
Shalom O'Ofou: back row
John Radel: prop
Jack Ahearn: fullback
Tyler Coburn: lock
Jack Campagnolo: half


DEVELOPMENT
Ben Te Kura: prop, second row
Josh Rogers: half
Tomasi Seru: fullback
Tyson Smoothy: hooker

OFF CONTRACT 2024
Corey Jensen
Corey Oates
Ethan Quai-Ward
Herbie Farnworth
Jesse Arthars
Jordan Pereira
Logan Bayliss
Marty Taupau
Thomas Flegler
Tyson Smoothy


STOCKS

Front Row
Carrigan, Flegler, Haas, Willison, Jensen, Bayliss, Palasia, Taupau

Second Row
Piakura, Riki, Capewell, Robati, Palasia

Lock
Carrigan, Hetherington, Flegler, Robati

Hooker
Paix, Smoothy, Walters, Hetherington, Mozer

Half
Reynolds, Mam, Walters, Paix, Madden

Fullback
Farnworth, Cobbo, Walsh

Centre
Farnworth, Staggs, Hoeter, Mariner, Arthars, Cobbo, Capewell

Wing
Cobbo, Oates, Hoeter, Farnworth, Pereira, Quai-Ward


ETHNO MAP

QLD (16)
Billy Walters, Blake Mozer, Brendan Piakura, Corey Jensen, Corey Oates, Cory Paix, Ezra Mam, Keenan Palasia, Kobe Hetherington, Kurt Capewell, Logan Bayliss, Patrick Carrigan, Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo, Thomas Flegler, Tyson Smoothy

NZ (8)
Deine Mariner, Brendan Piakura, Jesse Arthars, Jordan Riki, Jordan Pereira, TC Robati, Marty Taupau, Xavier Willison

NSW (3)
Adam Reynolds, Jock Madden, Kotoni Staggs, Payne Haas

Indigenous (5)
Ezra Mam, Jordan Riki, Kotoni Staggs, Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo

Tonga (3)
Delouise Hoeter, Ethan Quai-Ward, Kotoni Staggs

Samoa (4)
Keenan Palasia, Jordan Pereira, Payne Haas, Marty Taupau

Cook Islands (2)
Brendan Piakura, Xavier Willison

England (1)
Herbie Farnworth
 
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theshed

theshed

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What would our strongest pack / bench be?

8. Haas
9. Hooker A
10. Flegler
11. Capewell
12. Riki
13. Patty

14. Hooker B
15. Hetherington
16. Jensen
17. Robati (can cover middle+2nd row)

Depth:
Palasia
Piakura
Willison
Bayliss-Brow
 
holdzy

holdzy

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What would our strongest pack / bench be?

8. Haas
9. Hooker A
10. Flegler
11. Capewell
12. Riki
13. Patty

14. Hooker B
15. Hetherington
16. Jensen
17. Robati (can cover middle+2nd row)

Depth:
Palasia
Piakura
Willison
Bayliss-Brow

Probably that but Flegs should come off the bench. I doubt it will happen as a measure to keep him but it makes the rotation/impact stronger with Jensen starting imo.
 
McHunt

McHunt

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In regards to the release??

By signing him for 24 and 25 the titans have put an end date on his time at the Broncos.... so that can put questions back on them.

Is there any point keeping him for 23 if he's gone??

Could that spot be better used on someone else??

Is our depth sufficient if we let him go early??

If someone like Willison, TC, etc. hits the ground running then Palasia may drop further down the list... if that happens I can see titans coming back asking for the release again.

Unless something dire happens with our middle stocks I can see Palasia moving to titans before June 30.

Maybe we'll do the Isaako trick again and play him Rd 1 so he counts as top 30 and then carry his salary to next year.
No, I don't understand how this story went so tits-up. There was an interview with Keenan saying he'd asked to leave and why, one with Kevvie saying he wanted him to stay, a spot-on leak that the Titans had signed him, and the general assumption it was going Keenan's way. All due diligence. Looked pretty bankable. I was fooled.

Unsurprisingly, Badel and a couple of others went early on it, while other outlets waited for the Titans announcement. They all had stories prepped about a massive coup. And then the big bellyflop. Someone somewhere is pissing their pants over this.
 
theshed

theshed

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Probably that but Flegs should come off the bench. I doubt it will happen as a measure to keep him but it makes the rotation/impact stronger with Jensen starting imo.
Yeah I definitely agree with you I just didn’t bother putting it that way in the list because I knew it would basically not be a chance of occurring. I think that is a far better rotation. Let Jensen toil away for 25 minutes then tell Flegler to come off the bench and outdo whatever Patty and Haas had achieved to start the game. Patty and Haas should only need to play 60 minutes each considering our forward options.
 
Sproj

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No, I don't understand how this story went so tits-up. There was an interview with Keenan saying he'd asked to leave and why, one with Kevvie saying he wanted him to stay, a spot-on leak that the Titans had signed him, and the general assumption it was going Keenan's way. All due diligence. Looked pretty bankable. I was fooled.

Unsurprisingly, Badel and a couple of others went early on it, while other outlets waited for the Titans announcement. They all had stories prepped about a massive coup. And then the big bellyflop. Someone somewhere is pissing their pants over this.

I am always happy to sink the boot in to journalists when they act like gossip columnists but in this instance, I don't think it is that big a deal. All the signs seemed to point to Palasia getting a release, so makes sense to make a confident judgement that this is what was going to happen. This is different to totally fabricating stories.
 
Swordfish

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Patty and Haas should only need to play 60 minutes each considering our forward options.
☝🏼exactly! They shouldn’t be getting burned out at the end of each game by playing longer than they should.

To a lesser extent, part of me thinks that burning often could be one of the reasons for Payne’s release request besides his desire for a bigger pay check & his idiot advisors.
 
Sproj

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☝🏼exactly! They shouldn’t be getting burned out at the end of each game by playing longer than they should.

To a lesser extent, part of me thinks that burning often could be one of the reasons for Payne’s release request besides his desire for a bigger pay check & his idiot advisors.

Could also be a reason for our fade out in the back end of the season too. Too many players playing too long and busted.
 
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Could also be a reason for our fade out in the back end of the season too. Too many players playing too long and busted.

Yeah I was mulling over this. I honestly don't know the stats and the minutes each player played, but if Kev was quite rigid with his interchange timing it could well have been something that other teams exploited after seeing a pattern. Especially those with clued up coaches. It would just be a matter of knowing that X player is normally subbed off at X time, spend the 5 minutes leading up to that time targeting that guy heavily to really gas them out and leave a weak point to exploit.

If you had the time to go through the interchanges in the first half of the season, look at the timing of each, and then look at the times that the tries were scored against us later in the season, you could argue a correlation. The reason it only happened towards the back end of the season would be, considering injuries, team mix, etc, the first half would be more erratic and it would take that long to establish the trends.
 
Mustafur

Mustafur

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What would our strongest pack / bench be?

8. Haas
9. Hooker A
10. Flegler
11. Capewell
12. Riki
13. Patty

14. Hooker B
15. Hetherington
16. Jensen
17. Robati (can cover middle+2nd row)

Depth:
Palasia
Piakura
Willison
Bayliss-Brow
I'll assume going by last season there is unlikely to be a bench backrower(Robati could do Middle but not as effective).

I think it will be a battle between Willison and Palasia for that spot with Willison probably coming out on top at the start of the season because he is due more game time now, this is assuming no injuries.
 
Painin the Haas

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I'll assume going by last season there is unlikely to be a bench backrower(Robati could do Middle but not as effective).

I think it will be a battle between Willison and Palasia for that spot with Willison probably coming out on top at the start of the season because he is due more game time now, this is assuming no injuries.
I agree Kevie prefers not to carry one but we should. Capewell and Riki struggled to play 80min towards the end and we need a back up to capewell who moves into the backs when there is an injury.

defence focus we should carry one. We have a good middle rotation, the 4th bench spot has been treated like a luxury choice anyway to might as well have someone who is primarily second rower but can fill middle
 
theshed

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I agree Kevie prefers not to carry one but we should. Capewell and Riki struggled to play 80min towards the end and we need a back up to capewell who moves into the backs when there is an injury.

defence focus we should carry one. We have a good middle rotation, the 4th bench spot has been treated like a luxury choice anyway to might as well have someone who is primarily second rower but can fill middle
Yeah it almost makes too much sense
 
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I don’t know if it has been reported in here but Harradyn Wilson is at Manly now. Don’t know what role that is in whether it is development or main. I don’t think it is train and trial cause he at the very least would of had that up here but you never know.
 
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Surprised there is no news on Kearney.
Anyone have an update
It's too soon to write him off. He was still contracted to the Storm up until the end of November, doing what I don't know. The source on all this is a speculative piece by Badel at the end of October. He might have some inside chatter, or he might be connecting the same dots as the rest of us. Either way, we know he's moving back to Brisbane, the timing is right and he'd be a good fit. It's a fair bet by Badel. But here's the meat in the piece (excluding Corey Parker's opinion):

"News Corp can reveal Brisbane officialdom are keen for Kearney to return to Red Hill."​
"He will stand down as Craig Bellamy’s assistant at Melbourne at the end of November and return to his family in Brisbane."​
" It is understood Walters has not had talks with Kearney at this stage given that the 50-year-old is officially contracted to the Storm for another month."​
"He lives just a short drive from Broncos headquarters"​
If we can take any of this seriously, it might be a week or more before we hear he's "set to" sign.
 
Chewed

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I don’t know if it has been reported in here but Harradyn Wilson is at Manly now. Don’t know what role that is in whether it is development or main. I don’t think it is train and trial cause he at the very least would of had that up here but you never know.

Hope he goes alright, had a rough trot with the Magpies this year. Have too many young halves as it is though, so best of luck to him.
 
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Fox Sports reporting that we signed James Johnson who plays Center from Knights for next season. They’re also reporting that he’s currently training with our main squad. Does anyone know about this?
For the life of me, I don’t get why we’re stacking ourselves with too many Center options?
 

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