-NEWS- Unsigned players for 2021

I bleed Maroon

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Don't need any of those fullbacks or wingers. You've never seen a more bargain bin quality collection of spuds. I would be having a look at Tom Opacic on a modest deal as centre depth, Benji is sticking out to me in the 5/8's so he can mentor Dearden and give us breathing room to **** Milford off at the end of the 2021 season, Cameron Smith is obviously the one to look at for the hooker role but he won't come anyway and I would prefer to chase after Grant with a big offer, Asiata and Tolman both on cheap deals would be solid pickups for Prop depth and Kevin Proctor just for the experience and depth he would bring to the second row, especially now that Fifita is fucking off. That's pretty much it.

It is clearly a terrible selection overall, with Smith being the only high profile target, and he will be well north of 400 games if he plays on at all. 2022 is the year to really get serious about recruitment. I stand by that we should have a serious crack at RTS when he is off contract. I realize he doesn't want to leave New Zealand, but money always gets the last word, and he is easily much more of a million dollar a year player than Milford. A decent 5/8 should also be available by that point as well to partner Dearden.
 

Dazza 92

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Don't need any of those fullbacks or wingers. You've never seen a more bargain bin quality collection of spuds. I would be having a look at Tom Opacic on a modest deal as centre depth, Benji is sticking out to me in the 5/8's so he can mentor Dearden and give us breathing room to **** Milford off at the end of the 2021 season, Cameron Smith is obviously the one to look at for the hooker role but he won't come anyway and I would prefer to chase after Grant with a big offer, Asiata and Tolman both on cheap deals would be solid pickups for Prop depth and Kevin Proctor just for the experience and depth he would bring to the second row, especially now that Fifita is fucking off. That's pretty much it.

It is clearly a terrible selection overall, with Smith being the only high profile target, and he will be well north of 400 games if he plays on at all. 2022 is the year to really get serious about recruitment. I stand by that we should have a serious crack at RTS when he is off contract. I realize he doesn't want to leave New Zealand, but money always gets the last word, and he is easily much more of a million dollar a year player than Milford. A decent 5/8 should also be available by that point as well to partner Dearden.
Dearden is our long term 5/8th...its a halfback you need to partner him....
 
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JAHHW

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Proctor is off the table now for anyone that was interested in him, re-signed at the Titans for a further year.
They’ll need him next year when the Titans get a few injuries and start playing like we are now, given they’ve gone down a very similar path of banking on ‘kids with potential’ rather than a good mix of experience and game breakers.
 

The Strapper

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Proctor is off the table now for anyone that was interested in him, re-signed at the Titans for a further year.
I am actually glad we haven’t signed the likes of him and Tumou.
I know they would bring experience but really they are just after a pension year or two and aren’t what we need.
Much rather we go after someone like Welch (yes I know he isn’t available now) but that sort of player would be good.
Unfortunately I don’t think there’s much on the market at the moment that would bring what we need.
 

Cult3

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I am actually glad we haven’t signed the likes of him and Tumou.
I know they would bring experience but really they are just after a pension year or two and aren’t what we need.
Much rather we go after someone like Welch (yes I know he isn’t available now) but that sort of player would be good.
Unfortunately I don’t think there’s much on the market at the moment that would bring what we need.
That’s what we do though. We sign players who are on their last legs because nobody else wants to come here
 

mstreet

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Addin Fonua-Blake wants out of Sydney and is on Joe-O money.
Is it a side ways move? Is it buying a proven consistent player? I like the idea of clubs bartering. Trading players around. Keyword given the last 3-5 years, proven. Throwing the bank at potential has made Issac Moses a rich man. Be open to players such a Joe being traded or loaned. Maybe a fresh start; new club, new coach, new geography could reinvigorate some careers. Rather keep Jack Bird around given he is by nature, a winner. He is also the best fullback option available to us in house and in the current market..better we save our pennies for 2022-23. It will be 20 years in 2026 since our last premiership. Still remember chugging those pints on Bridge road, Melbourne.
 

kooly87

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Start shopping:

Fullback:
Brendan Elliot, Albert Hopoate, Caleb Aekins, Charlie Staines, Glenn McGrady, Dylan Smith, Josh Hoffman.


Wing:
Michael Oldfield, Jordan Rapana, Marcelo Montoya, Sandor Earl, Isaac Lumelume, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Patrick Herbert, George Jennings, Braydon McGrady, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Young Tonumaipea, Selestino Ravutaumada, Abbas Miski, Andre Niko, Richie Kennar, Ilikena Vudogo, Robert Jennings, Brett Morris.

Centre:
Tim Lafai, Isiaah Tass, Dale Copley, Marion Seve, Tautau Moga, Gerard Beale, Tom Opacic, David Russell, Brad Takairangi, Braydon McGrady, Cory Denniss, Steven Marsters, Watson Heleta, Kea Pere, Ioane Seiuli, Jackson Ferris, Matthew Timoko, Jordan Kahu, Josh Morris.

Five Eighth:
Jack Cogger, Kieran Foran, Mason Lino, Benji Marshall, Connor Watson, Adam Keighran, Jaeman Salmon, Will Smith, Dean Blore, Tyrone May, Drew Hutchinson, Jordan Rankin, Jarrett Jubloo, Tyson Gamble, Tristan Sailor.

Halfback:
Braydon Trindall, Tyrone Roberts, Luke Metcalf, Cooper Johns, Jai Field, Lachlan Lam, Jack A Williams, Sean O’Sullivan.

Hooker:
Cameron King, Nathan Peats, Danny Levi, Cameron Smith, Connor Watson, Nathaniel Roache, Reuben Cotter, Rhyse Davies, Ray Stone, Joe Lovodua, Jake Friend, Freddy Lussick, Kyle Schneider, Luke Huth, Chris Randall, Kobe Hethrington.

Prop:
Sauaso Sue, Aiden Tolman, Keegan Hipgrave, Max King, Josh King, Lachlan Burr, Leivaha Pulu, John Asiata, David Gower, Peni Terepo, James Tamou, Kaide Ellis, Tom Amone, Kurt Dillon, Ky Rodwell, Garrett Smith, Matt Croker, Dan Vasquez, Rhys Kennedy, Oliver Clark, Sia Soliola.

Hooker:
Cameron King, Nathan Peats, Danny Levi, Cameron Smith, Connor Watson, Nathaniel Roache, Reuben Cotter, Rhyse Davies, Ray Stone, Joe Lovodua, Jake Friend, Freddy Lussick, Kyle Schneider, Luke Huth, Chris Randall, Kobe Hethrington.

Back Row:
Kayleb Milne, Kevin Proctor, Sam Stone, Corey Waddell, Tony Williams, Aidan Guerra, Brodie Jones, Isaiah Papali’i, Andrew Davey, Pat Hollis, Bailey Sironen, Jack Johns, Luca Moretti, Chris Lewis, Kelma Tuilagi, Kai O’Donnell, Pride Petterson-Robati, Jamil Hopoate, Ben Te’o, Sam McIntyre, Chris McQueen, Scott Sorensen, Josh Carr, Tom Eisenhuth, Elijah Taylor.

McHunt
In the Outside Backs I'd really only be keen to take Opacic. Id' also consider Staines if it was on just ability, but I think he's going to price himself out of our reach.

In the Halves I'd really only be interested in looking at Tristan Sailor.

As Dummy Halves go the obvious one is Cam Smith, but Jake Friend would be nice too, though his age and injury history is a concern at this stage.

For Middle Forwards I'd consider Tolman and possibly Peni Terepo.

Worryingly, the Back Row stocks are really thin and it's one area we could probably use some depth to recruit in. Guerra is already retired but he was the only one I'd have really been interested in.
 

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