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#1 R L Winger

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 05:10 AM

JUNE 6th 2014

The Lurker pops up for his last edition of the week with some news about Wayne Bennett and Terry Campese
 

Back in the Dragons’ Den
Don’t be surprised to see Wayne Bennett make a shock return to the Dragons in 2015. With Bennett's future at the Knights looking uncertain in the wake of the collapse of Nathan Tinkler's ownership of the club, Bennett is assessing his options. I am hearing that high-ranking Broncos officials have now decided getting back Bennett, who brought the club into the NRL back in 1988, is not the answer. But the Dragons are a different story. The club won the premiership under the master coach in 2010 but has been on a downhill spiral ever since. Bennett remains a revered figure at Kogarah and Wollongong and fans, players and officials would welcome him back with open arms in 2015.

Bennett also has a strong relationship with Benji Marshall after working with the struggling Kiwi at World Cup level and could be the one man to get some value out of the former Tigers star. Paul McGregor, who inherited the reins from sacked coach Steve price two weeks ago, is seen only as a stop-gap measure and doesn't have the experience to sort out the mess that the Dragons have become.

Campese switching camps
Things are going from bad to worse in Canberra and I'm hearing veteran skipper Terry Campese could be the next to jump ship. Campese is being pursued by English big spenders Hull FC and after a decade and over 120 games for the Green Machine, the 29-year-old may be tempted to finish his career with one last rich payday in the UK. Campese has been plagued by injury in recent seasons and has lost some of his spark - but his departure would be another body blow to Ricky Stuart as he attempts to raise the spirits in the national capital.


Raiding Manly
The Raiders can't take a trick as they attempt to strengthen their squad after missing out on the likes of James Tedesco, Kevin Proctor, Josh Mansour and most likely Michael Ennis. But Stuart continues to chase and he has now targeted Manly's honest back-rower Tom Symonds. A hard-working forward, Symonds doesn't get many minutes at Manly due to the Sea Eagles' strong depth of back-row talent and a move to the Raiders may be in his best interests.


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Posted 06 June 2014 - 08:22 AM

Well respected Tony Smith, Warrington coach, was rumoured (up here) to be in the frame for the Dragons job, but he seems to be cooling that idea somewhat.

 

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 08:44 AM

Well respected Tony Smith, Warrington coach, was rumoured (up here) to be in the frame for the Dragons job, but he seems to be cooling that idea somewhat.

 

Latest on the Tony Smith front - click here

Brian Smiths brother and member of the old St George Dragons grand final teams that played the the Brisbane Broncos in the 1992 & 1993 grand finals

 

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 01:24 PM

I think Warrington will announce Tony's got an extension to his contract next week - these things are usually timed so they can be revealed by the Warrington Guardian when that comes out on a Thursday morning.

 

Genuinely didn't think he'd go to the NRL. He's built up his reputation in this country very nicely, and it would be a big gamble to risk it by going back home.

 

The Wayne Bennett story is interesting. All I've read for weeks now is that he was going back to Brisbane. As for Canberra, well I read a few weeks back that they were looking to offload Terry Campese anyway, so it wouldn't be seen as any sort of loss. 



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 04:47 PM

Tony looked happy greeting his players as they left the field at Odsal this afternoon.

I guess he just needs the right deal to stay.


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:17 AM

With Hull FC's injury record, I don't see how signing Campese is going to be a good move. Based on the last few years of injuries suffered by Campese, it would be a huge gamble!



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 09:20 AM

JUNE 13th 2014

The Lurker has saved his best for last this week.
 

Lockyer has a word with McGuire
THE Broncos have today called in the biggest gun of all in a bid to keep much-improved prop Josh McGuire at the club in 2015.

With Martin Kennedy not living up to the raps and Ben Hannant set to leave at season's end, McGuire is seen as the great white hope for the Broncos in the engine room.

But at least two Sydney clubs are chasing the rugged front-rower, throwing the kind of money at him that the Broncos can't match.

So the Broncos have enlisted club legend Darren Lockyer to persuade McGuire that his future rests in the sunshine state.

It was Lockyer who played a key role in the Broncos' successful capture of Raiders gamebreaker Anthony Milford in recent months.

And Broncos officials are hoping Lockyer, a revered figure in Brisbane, can also work his magic on McGuire in coming days.

"The young guys worship him and if anyone can keep Josh in Brisbane, Locky can," a Broncos source tells me.

 

Coup for Cronulla
BOOM Rosters centre Tautau Moga is on the verge of accepting a lucrative deal to join the Sharks in 2015.

Moga, still only 20, has had two knee reconstructions in the last two seasons and has barely played any football since bursting onto the scene in spectaular style two years ago.

But he has strung five games together for Roosters' feeder club Newtown since overcoming his latest injury setback and has looked a fine prospect again.

His signing shapes as a real coup for the struggling Sharks, who have lacked tryscoring clout in the centres for several seasons.

Sadly, his decision will be another body blow for fellow strugglers Canberra - they were also in the hunt for Moga and have again come up short in their bid to land a class player.

The Roosters didn't want to lose Moga but already have two Test centres on their books in Michael Jennings and Shaun Kenny-Dowall - and another superb player set to join them in 2015 in former Raiders bad boy Blake Ferguson.

Carter carries the can
PAUL Carter's suspension for drunk driving couldn't have come at a worse time for the rising Titans hooker.

Carter - a great find for the club this season - was close to accepting a new upgraded contract with the club that would have seen him double his pay packet.

But the hooker will now have to undergo counselling and has been suspended until a date to be determined by the club.


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Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:36 PM

Bad timing Paul Carter - a form player missing from the ranks against what could be a dangerous Storm team to play on Monday.

Late at night midweek, had a drink, choose to drive, head wrong way down road, bad choices.


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 12:49 PM

Rumour:
Brisbane officials are confident they will snare Daly Cherry-Evans on a $1.1 million a year deal from 2016


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 12:50 PM

Recently-signed Dragons half Benji Marshall says the club should look at his former coach at the Wests Tigers, Tim Sheens, for next season if they overlook caretaker Paul McGregor


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 01:05 AM

Geepers Marshall already putting a plug in for his Dad Tim Sheens to coach the Dragons.

 

There is a commonly held view that Tim Sheens knows how to coach a team to get the best out of Marshall......Benji playing the role of Franchise player that a squad is built around. 

 

That comment by Marshall is an interesting development , my first thoughts are that it is not really Benji's place to comment in the first instance.

 

It's not a good look imo, Benji's been there five minutes and he's talking offering a view that is not very mindful of his current care taker coaches aspirations.

 

Do the Dragons want to go down the path of the Sheens Marshall model at this stage in Marshalls career ? It's not like they would be building something around a young long term star in Marshall.

 

A lot of people were of the opinion when Marshall joined the Dragons that it would work out best if Marshall didn't over play it....over call Widdop......play his lone hand running game.....

 

Benji talking Sheens now.....doesn't fit with a new player trying to blend to the new team.

 

Marshall is /was a very good player.  Sheens is / was a very good coach. One thing that is patently clear this season.....the Tigers are a more consistent team with neither Sheens nor Marshall.

 

Cool thread btw....I enjoy reading the speculations of the Lurker and the mole....even though ( the Lurker especially ) don't seem very consistent or credible...they remind me of celebrity psychics.......' is there someone called Paul who has recently lost someone ' .....

 

The mole says  'could be ' ........LALALALALA .......a lot.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:43 AM

Not a rumour  but ...
 

 Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis is headed for the Shire having agreed to terms with the Cronulla Sharks.

Ennis will see out his career with the Sharks after signing a two-year deal.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:07 AM

Fact:

 
Ashley Harrison of the Gold Coast Titans has decided to retire immediately due to injury.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of my career in some form or another; they know who they are. I have been blessed to play the game I love for such a long period of time."
We wish him all the best.
The former Bronco, Rabbitoh, Rooster and Titan played 276 First Grade games, won the 2000 Grand Final with Brisbane and represented Queensland 15 times.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:10 AM

Catalan Dragons half-back Scott Dureau has joined former coach Trent Robinson at Sydney Roosters after he signed on loan until the end of 2014.
Dureau has made just one Dragons appearance this season after he ruptured a bicep tendon in February.
Although the 27-year-old is now fit, Thomas Bosc[/url]'s form and Sam Williams' arrival from St George-Illawarra have further limited opportunities.
He will also team up with ex-Catalans prop Remi Casty at the Roosters.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:43 PM

The Lurker has saved his best for last this week.
 

Wighton's time to shine
Canberra centre Jack Wighton could be just 80 minutes away from a NSW State of Origin call-up this weekend.
With Michael Jennings out and Josh Morris battling the clock to prove his fitness, Blues coach Laurie Daley is seriously considering blooding the 21-year-old Wighton on the big stage in Origin Three.
The Blues see the aggressive Raiders centre as a long-term Origin player and he could clinch a spot with a strong showing for the Raiders against the Tigers at Campbelltown tomorrow.
Wighton has already played for Country Origin for the past two years and has the class and toughness to step up to the next level.

Warriors fed up of Locke
Warriors insiders say Kevin Locke's career at the club is over after a falling-out with club officials.
Locke has signed to play with Salford in 2015 but the Warriors were keen to use him for the remainder of the season.
But Locke earned the ire of club officials by turning out in a local league game in Auckland two weeks ago without permission and he is also in dispute with the club over some of his contract money.
It's a sour ending to what looked a glittering career for Locke and many believe he will return to the NRL in several years after his stint with Salford and fulfil his promise as a superstar.
The writing was on the wall for Locke when the Warriors signed English glamour boy Sam Tomkins this year on massive dollars and he has barely been seen in the top grade this season.


Idris ready
The Panthers are attempting to keep a lid on it, but Jamal Idris is a certain starter against the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday.
Idris has been plagued by off field problems in recent times and made a return to arms in the NSW Cup sat weekend after a month's break.
He did enough in that game - a win over Norths - to convince Cleary he is ready to return to the big time but the Panthers didn't name him in an attempt to take the heat off the big centre.
The Panthers need Idris fit and firing if they hope to remain at the top of the ladder for the big end of season games.

Tension builds
I'm not sure Gal and Beau Ryan are as pally as they are trying to make out.
There were plenty of rumblings the pair never really saw eye to eye before Gal put one on him.
Teammates' reaction - or lack of reaction - probably tells you a little bit as well.  
I'm not buying the 'kissed and made up' line for a minute.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 02:21 PM

Folau to return to proper Rugby?

 

Parramatta is believed to be in discussions with Israel Folau about a return to the NRL.

Paul Kent told Triple M NRL there are a couple of factors that will bring the dual international right into it.

"I tell you what helps the case this time. One is the new directive from the NRL that [NRL boss] Dave Smith has this marquee buying power ability - that he can actually go out and pay from NRL money instead of salary cap money for a player," said Paul Kent, on Triple M NRL on Saturday.

"The other thing that will help is that the ARU is basically broke."  B) 

It's believed the Eels would need to offload a number of players next season in order to fit Israel Folau under the salary cap. However, one thing in Parramatta's favour is Israel's younger brother, John, plays for the club's U/20s side.


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:51 PM

Can't see that Eels should offload players just to get him back.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 02:36 PM

Eels will have some spare cash for next year as Tonga and Moimoi wont be there. Is it enough to get Folau?



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Posted 11 July 2014 - 08:52 AM

I see Jarryd Hayne is not backing up from Origin 3 on Saturday despite not being injured.

As far as I can tell at this stage the other Origin players are backing up unless they turn up with an injury or unless they've been naughty boys.

 

Josh Reynolds has copped a three game ban for his shoulder charge in that same game.

Josh Morris could miss the game against Storm - we saw him pick up a leg injury on Wednesday.

Kind hearted and silver tongued Greg Bird has been banned for two weeks for a dangerous throw.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 11:24 AM

The Lurker has saved his best for last this week.
 
Always the last to know.... STAND-in Dragons coach Paul McGregor is fuming with the club after being left totally in the dark over plans to recruit record-breaking coach Wayne Bennett. Club stalwart McGregor was thrown into the hot seat after the club sacked under-performing coach Steve Price a couple of months ago. And McGregor has done an admirable job, winning three of his last four games to see the Dragons just a win out of the top eight. But the club has said nothing to McGregor in recent days about his long-term future - despite widespread speculation he will lose his job to Bennett. The former Blues star has told mates he is not impressed with the club's silence - and takes it as a clear sign that Bennett, who famously led the Dragons to the 2010 premiership - will be back on board. The former Broncos maestro is expected to get the Dragons job any day now. Lui walking on egg shells  The future of halfback Robert Lui at the Cowboys is looking more and more doubtful after a dressing room blow-up last week. Coach Paul Green tore strips off the enigmatic halfback in the wake of his team's narrow loss to the Dragons at Kogarah. Players were stunned by the ferocity of the blast, with Green lumping the blame of the loss on Lui's shoulders. The halfback had a mixed game, laying on a try but conceding a crucial penalty and missing four tackles. He is unsigned for 2015 and indications are he could be cut loose by the club. The lone wolf There are rumblings that suspended Manly winger David Williams' career is on life support after his suspension for betting on the game. Williams was outed for the remainder of the season for a series of bets - the heaviest penalty handed out by the NRL after an exhaustive operation by the Integrity Unit. Williams still has a year to run on his contract but is on big money for a winger. And his form has been far below his best since he signed a two-year deal at the start of last season. Officials haven't forgotten Williams' 'shocker' in last year's grand final and the popular winger has struggled for confidence ever since. The club is believed to be considering cutting him loose and at 27, with a history of injury and now some 'baggage', may struggle to find himself a club.  Nothing to hide There was a fair bit of interest in our piece on Wednesday in regards to the betting scandal engulfing the NRL. I mentioned there had been contact from the Eels to the NRL in relation to Chris Sandow. This did not come at an official level but was more a casual question posed by a third party.  Parramatta have been up front in dealing with Sandow's past issues and have a great relationship with their No.7. His form during 2014 is a good indication of how happy he is in the blue and gold. It continues to be one of the good news stories in rugby league. The plot thickens As I wrote yesterday, I'm starting to think the so-called sex tape scandal alleged to have involved an Origin player was an elaborate internet hoax.

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