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#3047464 kain joins hunslet

Posted by TheTerminator on 20 December 2014 - 03:01 PM

Mixed feelings here: when I dared to suggest our recruiting hadn't thrown up a 'name' somebody had a go at me, now Flanagan and Allan oops Kain have gone to Hawks, seems like many fans quite fancied them for us, as Kain especially has been long touted. Yes, at the moment both are on the sick list, but there's still 7 weeks before kick-off. Our half backs do look light, unless Grayston is being primed as a stand-in, we did need another half back either to start the season with some experience or as back up because at the moment, 1 bad injury to Cain or Scotty leaves us struggling. Like someone else says though, we still have chance to bring someone in, we won't know til kick off where we stand. I'm sure JK and KN are on it.

It's not that we haven't signed a 'name'. We have - Ainscough. If he stays fit, he guarantees us at least 20 tries this season. The other players we've brought in are also quality additions. You've raised doubts over nearly every signing we've made during this close season - either on this forum or on Facebook. That's whilst almost rabidly criticising the release of a player who couldn't even get in the York team last season, and expressing your annoyance on another forum that we didn't give a useless, overweight lump of a prop 'more of a chance'. Make of that what you will.
My concern is simply that we haven't replaced Black with an experienced player who could have slotted in without any worries and given Leatherbarrow the guiding hand he needs. I've no other worries at all about our squad.

#3039319 Fui Fui Moi Moi confirmed at Leigh

Posted by TheTerminator on 30 November 2014 - 01:01 PM

Anyone who thinks this is a 'poor' signing or that they 'couldn't give a monkey's' about it is living in denial. Fine, it's ok to be disinterested in the activities of other clubs, but to try and put a downer on the signing of a player (by a lower league outfit) who has been one the most recognisable names in the sport over the last decade is a little pathetic.
Yes, he's 'past it' at NRL level but will be a stand-out in the Championship next season. Further to that, him signing for them has generated massive publicity for Leigh and boosted their profile no end - which was obviously one of their main aims. They'll also be able to build a really effective marketing campaign around him.
I'm no fan of Leigh, but this bit of business has to be applauded. I only hope that they have the financial muscle in place to move forward with their plans.

#3030141 Keegan Hirst re-signs

Posted by TheTerminator on 09 November 2014 - 12:35 PM

I know what you mean owd cock.... BUT... I can't honestly remember him breaking a single tackle all season.... I'm sure he must have.... but I just can't remember it. He certainly didn't make it a habit by any stretch of the imagination... though as jt says there were signs of improvement towards the end last yr.... I even put lard ar se Lamont Bryant in front of his in my list of recent rovers props

That's the thing though, Robin - he's not a tackle-breaker. It's the other attributes he has which make him an effective player. To expect a Rambo-esque performance from him would be unrealistic from the start.
Lamont Bryan's bustling running style made him stand-out (to an extent), but he was knackered after a couple of drives and extremely lazy in defence. On the flip side, I've always found Keegan to be very hard-working and able to play long minutes - especially for a player of his size.
Horses for courses, though. Some like him, some don't.

#3030084 England league star trashes Dunedin flat

Posted by TheTerminator on 09 November 2014 - 11:14 AM

When I read the headline; 'Room Trashed', I recoiled in horror expecting to see some form of Keith Moon-esque rampage. All I saw was a bloke breaking a door. Silly boy, but he hasn't raped anyone, murdered or inflicted grievous bodily harm on someone. Neither has he defecated in his own mouth.

I'd probably give him a stern talking to and move on.

#3029643 Keegan Hirst re-signs

Posted by TheTerminator on 08 November 2014 - 04:33 PM

Good luck to him if he is back with you He was showing his potential at back end of season. One thing for sure he seems to play better in a Batley shirt for some reason

Perhaps the weight of expectation at Featherstone affected his game? At Batley, we don't expect all our players to be world class superheroes who break every tackle at will.

#3025773 Lee Greenwood

Posted by TheTerminator on 02 November 2014 - 06:55 PM

I could not tell you but It did not stop him applying for the Fax job when it came up if he did.

Are you deliberately writing in riddles?

#3020809 Eagles on the move again

Posted by TheTerminator on 26 October 2014 - 04:54 PM

I thought they had decent att ? I'm sure someone has the numbers. I think a lot of the money comes from sponsorship Sheffield is a massive city plenty of business to go at.

Nah, they're skint. Don't you remember Ian Swire and his odious sidekick bleating at the council for a taxpayer-funded handout of £40'000 to fund ground improvements before the start of last season? If they're so cash rich, they wouldn't have been crying the poor tale and demanding money from the local authority, would they?

#3020511 Eagles on the move again

Posted by TheTerminator on 26 October 2014 - 12:18 AM

There must be some very, very wealthy people backing Sheffield given their player recruitment and the wages they can afford. To emphasise this apparent wealth, moving 24 miles and potentially losing fans obviously isn't even a remote concern - even when you take into consideration the fact that they already attract very sparse crowds.

#3019394 how NZ dealt with teams who played inelligble players

Posted by TheTerminator on 24 October 2014 - 07:49 PM

so are we saying outcome of games only matter if your UN a certain part of the world.....silly me

No, I'm saying that decisions made in New Zealand are absolutely irrelevant to ones made in the British game.
And yes, you are indeed an extremely silly individual. I'm delighted that you're able to recognise that.

#3019363 how NZ dealt with teams who played inelligble players

Posted by TheTerminator on 24 October 2014 - 06:45 PM

Clearly looking at the NZ case they do

We're not in New Zealand, you cretin.

#3017179 how NZ dealt with teams who played inelligble players

Posted by TheTerminator on 21 October 2014 - 07:09 AM

There actually is a serious point to this; regardless of our affinity to the club it can't be argued that, knowingly or not, we broke the rules, as did Whitehaven the season before. That Whitehaven's case wasn't picked up is to their advantage. Ours unfortunately was and along with Doncaster we were punished. The fact that the RFL reversed that decision (still no word from them on the reasons why 20 days after it was promised) was a stroke of luck, but that doesn't make it right. Ignorance of any rule etc is no defence, and the RFL have now created a precedent which allows any club to knowingly or not break rules in the future knowing that they can appeal on the understanding that Batley and Doncaster got away with it, and they will expect the same result. I think that we can count ourselves very lucky and should keep our heads below the parapet if fans of another club choose to question our good fortune. We would have been employing the same effort if a team had received that same luck and relegated us.

Congratulations on making your 'serious' point.

#3017106 how NZ dealt with teams who played inelligble players

Posted by TheTerminator on 20 October 2014 - 09:11 PM

Please think twice before feeding the troll. He'll start cutting and pasting huge chunks of the rule book next.

#3016348 2015 season.

Posted by TheTerminator on 19 October 2014 - 12:40 PM

I see we have missed out on a goodun, Ash Linsey as resigned for Keighley as announced this morning on the Cougars website, good luck to him, nice sentiment they put on there.

Cheers Roger.

No thanks, re-signing Ash Lindsay would have been a definite step in the wrong direction. Was a real stalwart for us, but he's way past the pinnacle of his abilities.


Posted by TheTerminator on 04 October 2014 - 11:07 AM

We couldn't afford to keep Alex - it's that simple. He was on full-time money with Hull KR in 2013 and full-time money with Leigh in 2014. Halifax have obviously matched that.
Even though he's gone -yet again, I'd like to thank him for the effort and commitment he gave us in 2014. The best winger I've ever seen at our club during my time as a fan.

#3005958 2015 Championship Squads

Posted by TheTerminator on 01 October 2014 - 08:56 PM

no downer pal, batley my fav away day. i just think you steadily built as a club for a few years all the way to the 2013 grand final and instead of building on that as a club, you have not maintained the quality but reduced it and next season just looks like another two steps backwards in retention and recruitent. next season will be tougher than ever

If you have a few hundred thousand pounds that would allow us to retain players when the likes of Halifax and Featherstone come calling, I'm sure that our problems in this area would vanish.
My personal assessment;
Greenwood? Big loss, but we have a top quality full back on the books and another very decent and experienced player set to come in.
Brown? Not our player anyway, but Ainscough is at least his equal.
Black? Been a great player but for the last few seasons - especially this one, his impact in terms of creative play has been massively limited by his injuries and age. His influence has been in organising and motivating. As long as we can recruit an organiser - and we may have done that in Southernwood, then we should improve at half back.
Davies? Great in 2013 but very, very poor in 2014. Overweight and lazy are two adjectives which define his season. I'm not sure where you've pulled the 'workhorse' tag from. Sam Scott is twice the player.
Smith? A player who has been a loyal and dependable servant. However, that's where it ends with him these days. Little to no impact on the offensive, and if I simply wanted a hard working prop who could tackle I'd be able to pluck one from almost anywhere.
As I've stated previously, I don't believe that our drop in league position was due to any real lack of quality within the squad itself. Those who left after 2013 were largely replaced by equivalent talents - apart from maybe in the case of George Flanagan. What hindered us in 2014 was our ridiculous choice to pad out the squad using dual registered players and having to cope without our on-field organiser for 3/4 of the season.
Just my opinion, of course.