NEWS Why Jamayne Isaako wants to replace Anthony Milford as Brisbane’s fullback

Jedhead

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I saw some footage a while back when Isaako played in the centers for Cronulla's under 20s. Ever since then I have thought he was best suited as either a centre or a fullback. I think the reason he keeps coming off his wing is he grew up one position closer to the ruck at centre and just does not look comfortable out there. He is getting some semblance of a combination with Staggs, but from time to time he still wants to cut inside like a centre when the play dictated that it was better him staying out wide to give his centre more space.

He can pass and he can ball run. However, his ability to challenge for a bomb is suspect and his ability to take a bomb (even when unhindered by the opposition and under no pressure) needs a lot more work if he wants to be a FB.

Finally, his inability at present to read numbers in defence from wing (where it really is only you and the touchline) makes me think he has a helleva lot of work to do to understand and call defensive numbers to the boys from the back.

Having said all that, if there was a choice between him and Boyd at FB - I'd pick Isaako everyday of the week.
 

Dazza 92

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so, let me get this right....

we spent 3 years grooming Isaako to replace Boyd at fullback and when we did move Darius we put Isaako.....on the wing....!

3 years well spent then....i'll leave it at that thanks...
 

broncsgoat

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so, let me get this right....

we spent 3 years grooming Isaako to replace Boyd at fullback and when we did move Darius we put Isaako.....on the wing....!

3 years well spent then....i'll leave it at that thanks...
Obviously the coach has changed. And it’s just whether you think the greatest coach of all time had the right read or seibs has the right read.
 

LGH

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He should learn how to be a winger first, he’s not even good at that, why should we trust him with fullback? Milford or Bird are better choices by a country mile.
 

rnabokov

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He wont be up there with the best of either position if his coach keeps making him play both.

He already was one of the best in a position.

That's great you think he'll be able to compete with Teddy, RTS, Tturbo, Ponga etc but I'm here to tell you you're dreaming.
Strange post mate? You acknowledge the reason Milf's game as a "pure" FB is nobbled by the strange game plan used by Seibold where Milf plays FB, 6 and 7 ... which for mine, prevents him from playing the style of FB "Teddy, RTS, Tturbo, Ponga" play, and then, you seem to make a blanket statement that Milf in any case, can't play that style of FB ?

If Milf played for a team that was coached to employ a first class game plan which used the spine effectively, as do the Roosters, Manly, and Canberra, then I think we would see a very different Milf from the back, instead of some strange plan which seeks ways to minimise the weaknesses of players selected out of position - like Boyd and Turpin in the halves, and slow hand Macca at 9
 
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Wolfie

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I dont think he is a power runner. He barely seems to have much impact when he hits the ball up for a man of his size. He looks big and strong, but i dont actually think he has much power in his running. Never thought he has the tools to be an NRL fullback. He could develop them, but i very much doubt it.
 

broncsgoat

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Strange post mate? You acknowledge the reason Milf's game as a "pure" FB is nobbled by the strange game plan used by Seibold where Milf plays FB, 6 and 7 ... which for mine, prevents him from playing the style of FB "Teddy, RTS, Tturbo, Ponga" play, and then, you seem to make a blanket statement that Milf in any vent, can't play that style of FB ?

If Mild played for a team that was coached to employ a game plan which used the spine as do the Roosters, Manly, Canberra, then I think we would see a very different Milf from the back.
Could do, but we aren’t. I don’t believe he has the physical attributes to be able to compete with the others. They are all dead set physical freaks and it’ll take a miracle for milf to get within touching distance of them.
 

pagey

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He should learn how to be a winger first, he’s not even good at that, why should we trust him with fullback? Milford or Bird are better choices by a country mile.
Centers are better fullbacks than wingers and that's what isaako was. I think he is a better fullback option than wing , winger is a specialist position imo. bird had dick fingers at the start of the year but he's a country mile ahead, please.
 

broncsgoat

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He did just fine at Canberra
Sure he was good 5 years ago you are right.

Maybe if the coach would play him like a fullback I would be able to see it.

Instead, as has been stated by others, hes playing 6/7 in attack anyway. Which makes me wonder, what the **** everyone is looking at that has them so convinced he's such a devastating ball runner from fullback other than watching youtube highlights from when he was 18.
 
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pagey

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I dont think he is a power runner. He barely seems to have much impact when he hits the ball up for a man of his size. He looks big and strong, but i dont actually think he has much power in his running. Never thought he has the tools to be an NRL fullback. He could develop them, but i very much doubt it.
Like cronk could never be a half ? He has more than enough dedication to do it . That one pass he threw back on the inside the other week, it was more than I've ever seen milf throw recently. It's bit different running back at a defensive line running towards you than hitting a hole . Just go back to the roosters game last year and tell me the kid can't run.
 

Tom

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Sure he was good 5 years ago you are right.

Maybe if the coach would play him like a fullback I would be able to see it.

Instead, as has been stated by others, hes playing 6/7 in attack anyway. Which makes me wonder, what the **** everyone is looking at that has them so convinced he's such a devastating ball runner from fullback other than watching youtube highlights from when he was 18.
He is bulkier than he was back then. He needs a pre-season. Billy Slater wasn't a big guy but he was better than every other fb you mentioned. Kinda convenient you always leave him out of your arguments.
 

broncsgoat

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He is bulkier than he was back then. He needs a pre-season. Billy Slater wasn't a big guy but he was better than every other fb you mentioned. Kinda convenient you always leave him out of your arguments.
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I also leave matt bowen and clive churchill out of the argument because they dont fucking play anymore
 

Tom

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Yes, Slater is a long time retired. Completely not relevant to modern day fullbacks
 
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Wolfie

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Like cronk could never be a half ? He has more than enough dedication to do it . That one pass he threw back on the inside the other week, it was more than I've ever seen milf throw recently. It's bit different running back at a defensive line running towards you than hitting a hole . Just go back to the roosters game last year and tell me the kid can't run.
He has dedication with his kicking, the rest of his game im seeing very little progression. Cronk is on another level to him, plus i think Cronk is just one of the smartest footballers ever to grace the field.

He can run, but the type of run he made against the Roosters isnt him bringing the ball back. When he hits the ball up he barely makes a dent for a bloke his size. Ever since i've seen him at Souths and in the team at Brisbane i just dont see a fullback. These passes are the exception rather than the rule. We need to see a lot more ( probably a bit difficult on the wing tbf ) of that in his game. In terms of his running, i can only think of that break against the Roosters and a run he made in pre season against the Titans in a Broncos jersey.
 

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