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McHunt

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With Covid halving training numbers - including glamorous superstar hooker Jake Turpin - Corey Paix is getting his overdue tilt at the number 9:

“It definitely is tougher. It makes the games we play a lot tougher. There’s not too many here in the key positions but that’s good. It’s good for myself and my fitness. I’m getting a lot more reps in that No.9 jersey. That’s the long term goal for me. It would be great to get it this year."

“I was out a bit last year for certain reasons but for me right now, it’s about getting into the team and staying in the team and help get the Broncos back on top of the ladder. I’m pretty new at nine, it’s only my second year at it but I found that love for footy in a way, not that it was ever lost. I’m just certainly enjoying my time right now.”

“Reynolds is a general and you can see why he’s the player that he is. It’s no different out on the paddock. For me, he’s just touching on that deception side of things — getting shows, when to run, that sort of thing. It’s a clear mindset going into training when you know you’ve got him by your side.”

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abashii

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“I did a bit too much training in the break. The old boy came back a bit sore"
At least Corey's been working on his hand strength.
Can happen I guess when you get stale, have poor role models around, have a change in life at home and there's no mentors with positive feedback loops around to drive you.

It seems the coach and staff have really made that a priority this year. There's a few guys who are saying similar things.

Backing Walters for dally M coach of the year now
100%. It's easy to forget just how much damage White and Pies did to the culture. Between Ikin, DD and Kevvie I'm expecting Oates to really respond positively and get back to being a world-beater, culminating in a hatty when we whip the Storm 41-0 in the 2022 GF (with the 1 point being a 79th minute field goal from Arey just to rub their noses in it.)
 

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Piakura might need to work on this


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Marty Deutschmann

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1)Roosters
2)Melbourne
3)Penrith
4)Broncos
5)Manly
6)Titans
7)Eels
8)Rabbits
9)Warriors
10)Raiders
11)Knights
12)Sharks
13)Dragons
14)Bulldogs
15)Cowboys
16)Tigers

1)Roosters
2)Melbourne
3)Penrith
4)Broncos
5)Manly
6)Titans
7)Eels
8)Rabbits
9)Warriors
10)Raiders
11)Knights
12)Sharks
13)Dragons
14)Bulldogs
15)Cowboys
16)Tigers
4th?! That's ambitious...
 

Marty Deutschmann

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1. Melbourne
2. Roosters
3. Sharks
4. Manly
5. Penrith
6. Broncos
7. Eels
8. Bulldogs
9. Dragons
10. Titans
11. Warriors
12. Rabbits
13. Raiders
14. Knights
15. Cowboys
16. Tigers
 

theshed

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Top 6:

1. Roosters
2. Panthers
3. Melbourne
4. Eels
5. Manly
6. Rabbitohs

Roosters should improve. Panthers, Melbourne; and Eels will be strong again with roster changes not impacting them until 2023. Manly’s season is relying to heavily on Trbo carrying them and surely he can’t duplicate last season. Rabbitohs lose Reynolds Wayne, and Gagai - will be a tough year for them but should stay in the 8.

7-12:

7. sharks
8. Broncos
9. Titans
10. Warriors
11. Dragons
12. Bulldogs

Sharks only just missed the 8 last year and have recruited better than any club. Should make the 8. The 8th spot could go to anyone really. I’m biased but things are seeming far improved, and Reynolds should be massive. Fingers crossed.

Bottom 4:

13. Knights
14. Raiders
15. Cowboys
16. Tigers

Knights have no established halves and have lost Watson. Now Brayley is injured. Not looking good for them. Raiders and Cowboys both seem toxic at the moment. Tigers are terrible but will improve in 2023.
 

Foordy

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Sharks only just missed the 8 last year and have recruited better than any club. Should make the 8. The 8th spot could go to anyone really. I’m biased by things are seeming far improved, and Reynolds should be massive. Fingers crossed.

I disagree ... they recruited well, but not better than us.

we were able to recruit the one they really needed as much as us, a game managing halfback.
 

theshed

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I disagree ... they recruited well, but not better than us.

we were able to recruit the one they really needed as much as us, a game managing halfback.
I agree but they also got a great coach. Cam and Dale will be massive for culture too.

I think Reynolds is the best signing this year but overall I think the Sharks did better overall with Fitzy, Dale, Cam, and Nicko. We’ve done very well too though. It’s close.

I rate Trindell.
 

Foordy

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p.s. the Courier Mail published an article about the safety rating of all coaches. according to this article Kevvie is the second most at risk coach. they also keep up the line about Kevvie not having a contract beyond 2022, but they themselves published the story about Kevvie's "revolutionary" open ended contract.

I don't know how Payten and Barrett are safer than Kevvie ... anyway here are the ratings:

Bellamy: A+
Cleary: A+
Robinson: A+
Fitzgibbon: A
Holbrook: A
Arthur: B+
O'Brien: B+
Hasler: B
Demetriou: B
Griffin: C+
Payten: C
Brown: C
Stuart: C
Barrett: D+
Walter: D
Maguire: D-
 

Foordy

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I agree but they also got a great coach. Cam and Dale will be massive for culture too.

I think Reynolds is the best signing this year but overall I think the Sharks did better overall with Fitzy, Dale, Cam, and Nicko. We’ve done very well too though. It’s close.

I rate Trindell.

I agree about Cam and Dale, although IMO it's still too early to call Fitzgibbon a great coach. he's got the potential to be a great coach and is highly rated, but he's still untested. (Seibold also had potential and was highly rated ... it won't be that sort of train wreck, but you get my point).

I'm not sold on Niko in the halves, it may have worked at the Storm, but the question is can it work outside the Storm systems.

overall though, both clubs have recruited well and I expect them to be the 2 biggest improvers in 2022
 

theshed

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I agree about Cam and Dale, although IMO it's still too early to call Fitzgibbon a great coach. he's got the potential to be a great coach and is highly rated, but he's still untested. (Seibold also had potential and was highly rated ... it won't be that sort of train wreck, but you get my point).

I'm not sold on Niko in the halves, it may have worked at the Storm, but the question is can it work outside the Storm systems.

overall though, both clubs have recruited well and I expect them to be the 2 biggest improvers in 2022
You are right. I didn’t word that well. What I meant to say is they did a great job recruiting a coach, rather than the coach being great. They got the best option available but as you say, time will tell how he steps up to first grade.

I also completely agree regarding Nicho in the halves. He’s a far better fullback from what I’ve seen, and he will be in a very inexperienced spine. I am still dirty that we didn’t sign him early in the season last year and give him the fullback role. He would’ve been great playing in the spine with Reynolds.
 

Marty Deutschmann

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Top 6:

1. Roosters
2. Panthers
3. Melbourne
4. Eels
5. Manly
6. Rabbitohs

Roosters should improve. Panthers, Melbourne; and Eels will be strong again with roster changes not impacting them until 2023. Manly’s season is relying to heavily on Trbo carrying them and surely he can’t duplicate last season. Rabbitohs lose Reynolds Wayne, and Gagai - will be a tough year for them but should stay in the 8.

7-12:

7. sharks
8. Broncos
9. Titans
10. Warriors
11. Dragons
12. Bulldogs

Sharks only just missed the 8 last year and have recruited better than any club. Should make the 8. The 8th spot could go to anyone really. I’m biased but things are seeming far improved, and Reynolds should be massive. Fingers crossed.

Bottom 4:

13. Knights
14. Raiders
15. Cowboys
16. Tigers

Knights have no established halves and have lost Watson. Now Brayley is injured. Not looking good for them. Raiders and Cowboys both seem toxic at the moment. Tigers are terrible but will improve in 2023.
How do you still have Rabbits in the 8??? They have no halfback..
 

Marty Deutschmann

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I agree about Cam and Dale, although IMO it's still too early to call Fitzgibbon a great coach. he's got the potential to be a great coach and is highly rated, but he's still untested. (Seibold also had potential and was highly rated ... it won't be that sort of train wreck, but you get my point).

I'm not sold on Niko in the halves, it may have worked at the Storm, but the question is can it work outside the Storm systems.

overall though, both clubs have recruited well and I expect them to be the 2 biggest improvers in 2022
Bulldogs?
 

theshed

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How do you still have Rabbits in the 8??? They have no halfback..
Even Seibold managed the top 8 in his first year. They have enough talent with Cook, Mitchell, and Walker to make the 8. You could chuck any halfback in that spine and scrape into the 8.

Their forwards are a bigger worry.
 

Marty Deutschmann

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Even Seibold managed the top 8 in his first year. They have enough talent with Cook, Mitchell, and Walker to make the 8. You could chuck any halfback in that spine and scrape into the 8.

Their forwards are a bigger worry.
Latrell will miss a quarter of the year... All they need is one injury and they're cooked
 

theshed

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Latrell will miss a quarter of the year... All they need is one injury and they're cooked
Id argue that they have a significantly better spine than us, even with the loss/gain of Reynolds. If you think Rabbitohs are no chance of making the 8 than nor are we. If Reynolds is injured we’re cooked too.

They have the games best and only 80 minute hooker. A top 3 fullback. The best 5/8 in the game. If you were going to debut a rookie halfback you probably couldn’t ask for a better spine to do it in.
 

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think the storm will come right back to the pack NAS,Hynes and addo-carr are big outs for them coupled with the extra scrutiny from there off season antics could well see them outside the top 4.
 

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