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In Topic: Jordan Grayston

04 September 2014 - 01:13 AM

Seriously, if he's a full back and we're expecting Greenwood to go, then with the return of Campbell we'll have at least 3 wingers, Rettie, Vinny and JC (assuming that VF stays and Leigh want Browny back, 4 if not and we can talk him round, as nobody else has thrown their hat in the ring to sign him). Without knowing that Black was going to be fit for the last 2 games and options running short at 6, why not play him? He was getting a game at Rams to begin with so he can't be all that green. Still I suppose we can add him on to the list of 2015 signings then.

In Topic: Aston & Woods in League Express

01 September 2014 - 03:33 PM

Again, whilst not being a fan of whinger Aston, and being a Batley lad, I have mixed feelings about this whole affair. Because somebody else broke the same rule a year ago and got away with it shouldn't automatically mean that someone else should get away with it. It sets a precedent for any future scoundrel to use the same excuse, or in fact openly flout the rule citing the fact that Batley and Doncaster got away with it so why can't I? Whilst being delighted that we got our points back, I'm not 100% sure that we should have. I'm more concerned with the fact that a) we didn't know the rule and B) that someone at RFL HQ doesn't keep their eye on these things and flag up to clubs when problems are likely to occur. Woods shouldn't worry anyway, as I think Whitehaven are safe due to the fact that they play Swinton last, a safe bet in my opinion.

In Topic: Swinton predictions

30 August 2014 - 07:11 PM

Wonder what team selection surprises JK will have for us, he can't get away tomorrow with playing Davies at no.6, one thing Swinton do have is 2 halfbacks. Grayshon should get the nod, he's sat out since coming over the valley. We should be bigger and better than them in the pack, it simply depends on opening them up. I reckon we can win by 20, and if Rams can do us a favour by beating Cougars by a similar score then I fancy us to do better at Donny than they will at Fev.

In Topic: Lee Paterson

12 August 2014 - 08:18 PM

Why won't we see him in a Batley shirt again? He's been no worse than many others this year, Fax fans still like him and would have him back by the sound of things. I hope Lee reads this, I think he's been very hard done by. The RFL seem more interested that some wimp's feelings don't get hurt than actually coming down on people who actually commit foul play and actually hurt someone. Pat loses his cool in a tense situation and gets banged like nobody's business, yet someone like Sinfield for example sticks the nut on somebody, then cries how sorry he is and gets away with a 2 match ban. The current and recently past officers of the RFL have spoiled our game beyond all recognition over the past 10 or so years, changing so many rules, bending over backwards to please the Aussies so that we hardly recognise it any more, and now they don't even figure that foul play is actually a crime anymore, instead following the national trend of looking after any minority or whatever at the expense of the game. Lee, ignore what's being said, stick with it boy and give it another year, all these fans who plead with us every week to 'support the lads' then in the next breath rip their guts out.

In Topic: Insipid and inept performance

12 August 2014 - 02:21 AM

Blake could have played 6, but then if Nicholson had been straight in at 9 we'd have been a man short as sub. As Kear likes 4 forwards, then as you say Martin isn't quite big enough, but we were told that he was a centre/2nd rower when he signed, so who's judgment is right? We then put Brev in the centre who doesn't like playing there by his own admission. Everybody complains about Faal, why? He's had a few good games for us but has never had a long run in the side, even when not suspended, and he always did well against us for Dewsbury. Then of course we've got the rediculous situation of 2 forwards out on loan, whilst we're borrowing off somebody else, and we're told that we couldn't bring 1 back because it was still within the first month of his loan. Pardon? If we're short, then that loanee is our player, clubs who have loaned us players have been quick enough to have theirs back when needed, why not us? This season has been a complete disaster on the playing, recruitment and administrative sides and needs putting to bed asap in the hope that this close season the board and coach will get out there and hammer a few doors down to give us a squad to storm back. Get out to SL clubs and pick up players who are really knocking hard on the door yet not quite there yet, or even a few old heads getting shunted sideways, but who fancy picking up another medal before they opt for pipe and slippers. Get in touch with Glen Tomlinson, get his views on an Aussie or two, anything to attract a bit of flair and style, that's been almost non-existent without Black and sometimes missing with him, and I'm pretty sure we've seen the last of him in a Dogs shirt. How long is Leek away from fit, he looked able until his injury, he must be able to start next season. Recruitment now has to take centre stage and be better thought out than this years', forget Giants and there non-existent DR help. Look how many we've had from them this season only to see them get called back and moved on somewhere else. We need our own men, men proud to be in our team.