Your Clubs Out-of-Contracts
Posted 02 August 2010 - 12:42 PM
Phil Bailey - RELEASE - no better than home grown options and a waste of a quota spot.
George Carmont - RELEASE - We have home grown options now, but I Believe he has a 1 year option in his favour so will be staying for another year.
Andy Coley - KEEP - Opposite to Carmont though, may decide to retire to pursue his part time profession at a QS - would like him to get another year whilst Davies develops.
Paul Deacon - KEEP - Form suggests he has value as a back up and mentor, particularly if Mellor doesn't recover from a bad injury - Probably will retire to a coaching role as originally intended.
Cameron Phelps - RELEASE - Respect his enthusiasm for the game, but lacks the talent to justify a quota spot - better home grown options available.
Karl Pryce - RELEASE - A decision that Wigan may regret because he has huge potential, but it just hasn't worked out and at some point you have to cut your losses.
Mike McIlorum - KEEP - An asset if we can keep him fit and the only specialist hooker in next years first team squad (although I expect Leuluai to move to 9).
Paul Prescott - KEEP - Will never be a great prop, but a functional rotation player that all clubs require under a salary cap system.
Iafeta Paleaaesina - RELEASE - A luxury player that Wigan cannot afford, sad to see him go as he was a fan favourite in a time when there was little to cheer about, but in the end his lack of conditioning and defensive frailties are his undoing.
Stuart Fielden - KEEP - Has gone from massively overrated in the first couple of years to a point where his contribution to Wigan's success is now underrated - his contract would have to be significantly reduced for us to keep him though.
Mark Riddell is also confirmed as leaving for personal reasons despite not being off contract.
oderint dum metuant
Posted 02 August 2010 - 01:44 PM
At Saints there will quite a bit of room left under the cap for next year. KC, Gidley, Maurie & Fozzard are definately leaving. Meli, Flannery, Dean & Wellens have not yet been offered new contracts (though I'd expect Wellens to sign one soon). With only Perry signed so far (with Shenton likely soon) there's going to be money to spare.
I'd expect at least 1 more forward from the NRL to be added and huge new long term deals offered to Graham & Eastmond and other improved deals for some of the other youngsters like Ashurst, Dixon, Lomax, Foster, Emmitt & MaGennis.
That would suit me fine.
Posted 04 August 2010 - 11:36 PM
I would keep one of these but which one?
Anyone else up at the end of the season for the Bulls and what about your own clubs?
Doesn't look like Menzies is staying on mate.
Posted 04 August 2010 - 11:37 PM
Great we've signed another Worrincy
Posted 09 August 2010 - 06:53 PM
Chris Nero Going to Salford
Steve Menzies Rumoured to be Manly assistant.
Jamie Langley Resigned
Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:18 PM
I think Steve Menzies has been great for the club but both he and Nero will have to go to free up wages and quota places.
As for the rest, the questions are which ones Mick Potter thinks he can get an improvement out of, how much they want and possibly who effects the home grown player quota.
I think at least 3 more players (in addition to Menzies and Nero) will need to be released for the club to have the funds to do anything in the transfer market that will start to win back missing fans.
Releasing players will free up funds for paying new players (or, and lest anyone forget and as you imply, significantly upgrading the contracts of some of our rising stars if we are to keep them) but won't free up any cash for transfer fees. Given the club could not spend the cap this year, and says it is aiming to next year - but I reckon it will be a close-run thing - I can't see where money for transfer fees would come from. I'd love to see Leon back for a final stint, but even though Bulls and Saints boards get on well I can't see them giving him away
What we need is for some wealthy fan to stump up a transfer fee or two...
Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:25 PM
Indeed it was. When Leeds did it they were unusual in doing it, and it looked good to the youngsters as well as made excellent PR. Very smart move by the club, even if as players progressed they may perhaps have wondered whether it had been as much in their interest as it was the club's.
Unfortunately, agents are far wiser to that now, and the "home-grown" rules are making such youngsters very expensive. I know you missed the forum, but the panel made this point. I suspect it would now be prohibitively expensive to tie a young star-in-the-making down to such a long contract.
Edited by Adeybull, 09 August 2010 - 07:26 PM.
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