OFFICIAL Broncos sign John Asiata to one year deal

Jason Simmons

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People are liking this signing.

I don't know why. Not saying they're not wrong, just not sure what they ask think he brings?

No decent highlights or footage out there.. how does he change the team's dynamic and help forge a win
By being a solid NRL a grader. Not yet another of this ‘future superstar’ rubbish we constantly see.

A solid, experienced NRL player. We need a fuckload more of them, than we do these so-called “stars” we have been putting our faith in, until we get our recruitment and retention issues sorted out...
 

heartly87

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I have actually come right round to loving the potential of this signing. I have always liked it but was not sure exactly how it would change things. But the more I think about how Blair impacted us with his ball playing and offloading the more see Johns potential impact. Blair was a great foil for Milf with his offload and late passing, Asiata has the same potential to open up the game for us in the middle. We have been so one dimensional in the last few years, all we had to rely on was big Hass eating yards and Andrew with his running game and power out wide. With Pangai and Asiata we will have two good offloaders and Asiata has a better passing game also.
 

theshed

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I have actually come right round to loving the potential of this signing. I have always liked it but was not sure exactly how it would change things. But the more I think about how Blair impacted us with his ball playing and offloading the more see Johns potential impact. Blair was a great foil for Milf with his offload and late passing, Asiata has the same potential to open up the game for us in the middle. We have been so one dimensional in the last few years, all we had to rely on was big Hass eating yards and Andrew with his running game and power out wide. With Pangai and Asiata we will have two good offloaders and Asiata has a better passing game also.
Andrew?? This is the first I’ve heard of Macca’s running game or power.
 

IceWorks

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The attack was just horrendous these past 2 years, so any thinking about improving this already seems very positive.
 

Galah

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What is the actual deal with Asiata? Was he just stuck behind lolo at the cowboys and just copped the versatile tag as he’s just super handy to have on the bench? What’s his defence like? I know he’s got wicked ball skills for a middle but he’s also not overly big. He’s also only 27 so he should be in his prime. Is he talker on the field? Seems like he will be great for the culture of the club.

lots of questions in there but I’ve only ever really seen him come off the bench or play in the halves (randomly).
 

mstreet

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Off topic but read an article claiming Matt Lodge on $800k p.a. with 2 year player option till 2022? I hear the word player option and my Tourette's plays up...I like Matt but not at 800k
 

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What is the actual deal with Asiata? Was he just stuck behind lolo at the cowboys and just copped the versatile tag as he’s just super handy to have on the bench? What’s his defence like? I know he’s got wicked ball skills for a middle but he’s also not overly big. He’s also only 27 so he should be in his prime. Is he talker on the field? Seems like he will be great for the culture of the club.

lots of questions in there but I’ve only ever really seen him come off the bench or play in the halves (randomly).

Pretty much just an awful situation at the Cowboys, he's a specialist lock that was stuck behind one of the best lock's ever. He's also suffered quite a few injuries in his time, which have slowed down his progression a bit.

That's primarily the reason his numbers aren't impressive when you look at them - He's never averaged 100 running metres in his career, but as I just said, that's mainly due to lack of opportunity.

Not really sure what the situation will be for him at the Broncos with Pangai Jr around, but I expect that Asiata will start and play 50+ mins.
 

Alec

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Off topic but read an article claiming Matt Lodge on $800k p.a. with 2 year player option till 2022? I hear the word player option and my Tourette's plays up...I like Matt but not at 800k
I think I've seen just about every X00,000 number between 500,000 and 1,000,000 mentioned by some journalist at one point or another in the last couple of months.
 

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I agree with UB that John will probably be our lock. Just from the footage above he looks really comfortable ball-playing. Carrigan will probably switch to prop with Haas and Lodge. Pangai could either play 2nd row or come off the bench and wreak some havoc while covering 20-25 each half of those guys’ combined subs if we go with Glenn and Riki
 

theshed

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Pretty much just an awful situation at the Cowboys, he's a specialist lock that was stuck behind one of the best lock's ever. He's also suffered quite a few injuries in his time, which have slowed down his progression a bit.

That's primarily the reason his numbers aren't impressive when you look at them - He's never averaged 100 running metres in his career, but as I just said, that's mainly due to lack of opportunity.

Not really sure what the situation will be for him at the Broncos with Pangai Jr around, but I expect that Asiata will start and play 50+ mins.
I suspect Kev will play him a bit like James Graham at the dogs (Trbo at Manley). A lot of ball playing before the halves which will take a lot o pressure off of Milford and Dearden. He’s a big talker in attack but admittedly i haven’t paid that much attention to him in defence.
 

Jedhead

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From what I’ve seen of John over the years at the Cows he’s a very astute buy and exactly what the we need in terms of leadership, setting good examples both on and off the field. I think Kevvie has picked up a real diamond in the rough there. If (please God) our medical boys manage to keep him healthy and he is able to complete the full season we’ll all be wondering why the Cows let him go. Hope he does a bit more work on his short kicking game, it’s another huge weapon for a ball playing forward.
 

JAHHW

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I always liked what he provided whenever I saw him play for the cows, but never paid huge attention to his physical presence. Looking more closely now, he doesn’t look to be the biggest forward going around.

Not a Milford joke, but he really doesn’t look a whole lot bigger than Milford when they are running side by side.

Not a criticism, just a surprising observation more than anything else.
 

theshed

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I always liked what he provided whenever I saw him play for the cows, but never paid huge attention to his physical presence. Looking more closely now, he doesn’t look to be the biggest forward going around.

Not a Milford joke, but he really doesn’t look a whole lot bigger than Milford when they are running side by side.

Not a criticism, just a surprising observation more than anything else.
He’s almost exactly the same size as Glenn. Weight and height.
 

kooly87

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What is the actual deal with Asiata? Was he just stuck behind lolo at the cowboys and just copped the versatile tag as he’s just super handy to have on the bench? What’s his defence like? I know he’s got wicked ball skills for a middle but he’s also not overly big. He’s also only 27 so he should be in his prime. Is he talker on the field? Seems like he will be great for the culture of the club.

lots of questions in there but I’ve only ever really seen him come off the bench or play in the halves (randomly).
This is just my guess, but I think it's likely to be because Cowboys are really the opposite of us in that they had a glut of playmaking options. You could argue a lot of those aren't firing right now, but if they were to come good then it would really make Asiata as a ball playing Middle Forward a little surplus to their needs. This is the total opposite of the Broncos though in that a ball playing Middle Forward would be wonderful support for our very thin and unproven spine and he is likely to be far more valuable to us.
 

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