State of Origin Captain
- Mar 14, 2008
I'd like to think the squad has learnt from last year. It's not all on Payne to get their heads right. it's such a weird thing anyway, like why would say Staggs go, yeah Payne might go to rugby next year so i'mma miss 10 tackles and play like shit as a result? Not saying you are saying this at all, but getting distracted by what someone else might do in the future just seems so... well, stupid. Mind your own business and keep busting your arse.That only affects Payne. Last year him wanting out affected the whole team. Hopefully this doesn’t have the same affect
I'm not sure on that, if he played Centre sure but I think the ARU see him as a Number 8 and that requires some specialised skills that would take time to learn, the forwards is not a simple transition, Brad thorn is the only exception I think that will ever be, but he was probably the smartest person to play either code.I don't think it would take him long considering he has a background in Union. He was selected for the Australian schoolboys team in 2016 and by all reports was a star in the sport.
One thing about Haas is that he has the drive and determination to succeed so Union's investment in him would pay off.
I agree to an extent, but if you have a guy in the team, demanding more money (depriving team mates of their share or a fairer cut), threatening to leave if his demands are not met etc, that has to cause disharmony amongst the group.I'd like to think the squad has learnt from last year. It's not all on Payne to get their heads right. it's such a weird thing anyway, like why would say Staggs go, yeah Payne might go to rugby next year so i'mma miss 10 tackles and play like shit as a result? Not saying you are saying this at all, but getting distracted by what someone else might do in the future just seems so... well, stupid. Mind your own business and keep busting your arse.
Cult brings up a good point i had not considered.
The only two times we have been on a solid winning streak in what, the last 4 years? Payne has been a distraction in the media with threats of leaving the club for one reason or another.
Yea you are right, I forgot about his manager.To be honest, this is somewhat out of Payne's hands, as it would almost certainly be his scum manager rustling up this bullshit. On top of his scum family that just want to mooch off him. He could, of course, instruct his manager to sit the **** down and just negotiate in private with the Broncos. And he could be happy that he can give his family a lot more money than they otherwise would be drawing down every week from centrelink. But it seems like as much as he would be hungry for a premiership, and especially if he could do that with the Broncos, it seems like he'd forego his personal ambitions in order to get more for his family.
Rugby is really only popular at an international level, where it pulls more than a Broncos match but less than the AFL.When the number 1 rugby country on Earth has all it's clubs being beaten by the Warriors in match attendance playing league, you don't need to learn anything more about a dying sport.
If anything NRL in terms of public interest has grown faster post covid then I have ever seen, TV numbers and match attendances prove it.
The playing around the world argument falls flat when no atmosphere comes close to Origin or a GF and your there to play not be a tourist.