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#61 Pottsy

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

Didn't know that, Pottsy. I know it sounds bad - "tapped up" - but don't you think that sort of thing happens all the time? "You ever thought of playing for us, mate? We've got a great set-up." Over a drink in the bar, it doesn't seem unreasonable. It could even be the other way round. "How are you lot fixed for half-backs?" "Joe Bloggs is off at the end of the season, there could be a space. Why? Are you interested?"

If it was genuinely a case of 'tapping up', ("You're a good half-back. Why don't you you leave that sinking ship and join us?") then it was wrong. But it would be impossible to prove.

Still, thanks for your input. As I said, I wasn't aware of that.


JW apparently made the claim at the Save Our Salford meeting at PE Pendleton Church. He also apparently made similar claims about Holdsworth being unsettled by the residents of "Ramsey Street" before his move to Hull.

#62 tonyXIII

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:59 AM

JW apparently made the claim at the Save Our Salford meeting at PE Pendleton Church. He also apparently made similar claims about Holdsworth being unsettled by the residents of "Ramsey Street" before his move to Hull.


I guess that, when you're down, there's a queue of people waiting to stick the boot in. :(

Happier times ahead, I hope. :)

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#63 cookey

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

Absolutely no problem with Salford or Mr Koukash - patience and hard work is required by all concerned.

Personally,I'd rather they sign 2/3 good,solid players,rather than one stand out player,who could always get injured in his first game,but that is just my opinion.

#64 Dave T

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:46 PM

We keep hearing of all these 'tapped up' players at Salford.
Myler
Ratchford
Smith
Moon etc
perhaps these things are put into the public domain by the past regime to cover their inadequecies and keep the fans off their back.

#65 Phil

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

First Morley, now Chase and Emmit

I really don't like the "I've loads of money so come and join us approach"

Not really endearing himself to others is he?


Hi job is to do the best he can for Salford not be mr popular.
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#66 Red Willow

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

Ratchford and Smith were both off contract at the end of that season, the only question would be whether the approach came a little early. Myler, Moon& Holdsorth all still in the middle of contracts with more than 12 months to run. Myler appearing at the Challenge cup final with Warrington annoyed Salford fans.Then we had the Robinson and Huddersfield situation when he appeared in a Giants shirt prior to Salford actually being relegated, again he was still under contract. Maybe explains why Salford fans feel a little hard done by, especially when it appears Bradford were a no go one.

#67 Saintslass

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:43 AM

Koukash has now approached Wigan for Sam Tomkins. I'm loving this Koukash fella. He's doing exactly the right thing: getting Salford in the news at every opportunity and letting everyone know he means business.

#68 Steve May

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

It's not going to happen, but if they did sign Tomkins they'd just become a poor side with a great, and frustrated, player. Not that much better.

My feeling is that this new chap risks burning through a lot of money very quickly to little effect other than damaging his own credibility. He'd be better to concentrate on building up the basics over a few years.

Salford need a good, solid core of players who can reliably get them to seventh or eighth much more urgently than they need a flash Harry fullback.

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#69 shrek

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

It's not going to happen, but if they did sign Tomkins they'd just become a poor side with a great, and frustrated, player. Not that much better.


Agreed, whatever he's on at Wigan its probably safe to assume he eats up a good chunk of the salary cap, so any offer from Salford will have to beat that, but also beat potential offers from the NRL and Union, just can't see how you could put together a tempting enough offer and have anything like the sort of money left on the cap you'd need to make Salford competitive 1-17 so to speak.

Nice PR, but you can only do it so often without signing someone before you lose credability.

#70 sweaty craiq

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

Think he needs to throw some cash at getting fans in 1900 there last night.

#71 TheDuke

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

i think the signing of a first rate coach helps to attract players too, Vievers has done ok with limited resources but Noble would be a better choice

Maybe there are more Zak Hardakers out there somewhere in the lower leagues

#72 Viking Warrior

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:24 PM

like richie myler was tapped up by salford before his move from widnes! i was at an under 18's game at the stobby and surprise surprise there was also a delegation from salford sat near me specifically to watch young richie.............
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#73 Red Willow

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

Myler was a free agent after Widnes went bump. A shame for Widnes but their future was uncertain at the time.

Watching a player is a little different than tapping them up.

We all realise it happens I just hope Salford finally have something to offer players and they stay.

#74 MrPosh

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:49 PM

like richie myler was tapped up by salford before his move from widnes! i was at an under 18's game at the stobby and surprise surprise there was also a delegation from salford sat near me specifically to watch young richie.............


Are you suggesting that clubs shouldn't scout players?
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#75 cookey

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

I'm certainly not going to be critical of him,because he did all in rugby league a favour by saving Salford,but I tend to agree,I'd rather he built slowly with solid players,rather than going for the big splash.Hopefully we was encouraged by last night and is receiving some sensible,long term advice.

#76 Just Browny

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

Are you suggesting that clubs shouldn't scout players?


The problem goes deeper than this. I believe several top Super League coaches have Sky subscriptions which they quite brazenly use to watch the rugby on, even when their team is not playing. No wonder the gap between top and bottom isn't closing.

I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.


#77 Viking Warrior

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

Myler was a free agent after Widnes went bump. A shame for Widnes but their future was uncertain at the time.

Watching a player is a little different than tapping them up.

We all realise it happens I just hope Salford finally have something to offer players and they stay.


not entirely true! myler agreed a deal with the new regime but his head was turned by a bigger cash offer, and the scouting mission was the season before we went "bump".......
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#78 hindle xiii

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

I'm not surprised at a bid for Sam Tomkins, they needed a back-up choice after Michael Platt got injured.

On Odsal Top baht 'at.


#79 MrPosh

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

The problem goes deeper than this. I believe several top Super League coaches have Sky subscriptions which they quite brazenly use to watch the rugby on, even when their team is not playing. No wonder the gap between top and bottom isn't closing.


I thought you were disagreeing for a moment...

I'm not surprised at a bid for Sam Tomkins, they needed a back-up choice after Michael Platt got injured.


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#80 The Daddy_merged

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

The problem goes deeper than this. I believe several top Super League coaches have Sky subscriptions which they quite brazenly use to watch the rugby on, even when their team is not playing. No wonder the gap between top and bottom isn't closing.


Lol, brilliant.