The Phantom Horseman

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    A Team 2019 squad. Positions, help required.

    Some top work here. A bit of swift googling suggests Brad Wright is a centre, Jacob Cox is a half back and there's a picture of Aiden Pedley where he seems to be wearing number 2 so probably a wing.
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    2019 Squad

    Not sure how soon we are going to be seeing Brett Delaney playing for us...interview on YouTube says he won't be making his planned swansong for Leeds in their Boxing Day friendly because his eye injury is still not sorted, still got double vision, says that from being told it could be 6 weeks recovery specialists are now saying 6 to 12 months until he gets the full vision back (the injury happened in July). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L3jYN_2__A&feature=youtu.be&a=
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    Fans forum

    Good to hear. Will be interesting to see who we might get on season-long loan, the guys I would really like to see (Briscoe/Handley, Newman, Corey Johnson) all look unlikely candidates as they would be next in line if Leeds got an injury at their respective positions, so I suspect it will either be Ormondroyd & Walters, who are probably some way off the Leeds starting 17 barring a rash of injuries, or two of the younger forwards such as Dupree and Mustapha (though Leeds might want to keep them to maintain a strong U19s team).
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    2019 Squad

    Fair point. I think what is highlighted is that there are 2 or 3 positions where we look to be lacking unless we get help on DR, specifically outside backs and a 2nd hooker.
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    2019 Squad

    Slotting the maximum 4 DR players into the current line-up gives it a very different look though. Could be something like: Golding Briscoe/Hanley Teteh Newman Whylie A Boas W Boas Wheeldon Maskill Delaney Hardcastle Davies Lockwood subs Corey Johnson 3 of Cooper/Bussey/Day/Harrison/Bailey Leeds have 34 in their 1st-team squad at the moment, the issue for us could be that their strength in depth is with their middles (Holroyd, Dupree both have numbers in the 30s and Mustapha isn't even in the 1st team squad), and all the 4 included might be only 1 injury away from a 1st team place, but the line-up above doesn't look bad for a team on a vastly-reduced budget.
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    2019 Squad

    An interesting post. I think part of that reason is that Harrison seems to have played more on the edge with Day more towards the middle (though I know he can play both roles). We have Johnny Davies firmly entrenched as the right edge 2nd row but have a vacancy on the left edge with Farrell and Walton having left the club. Also, Harrison had an outstanding game against us down that left edge at the Mount last season, so it's likely that's the position he's been earmarked for. Will be interesting to see if Day is asked to play as one of the middles or whether he and Harrison might be in competition for that edge role.
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    Ryan Carr, New Head Coach?

    It sounds like the original plan was to come over for a couple of weeks then go back and bring his family over, perhaps early in the New Year...I'm reading this as he knew he had to go back at some stage and the sooner he goes back and gets his visa sorted the sooner he can come back and get down to business. Or maybe 3 days in Fev has convinced him that the most important game of the year will take place on Dec 30th and he absolutely has to be back for that 😀
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    Ryan Carr, New Head Coach?

    On the day he arrived, Davide Longo gave an interview where he said Carr would be going back to Australia in a couple of weeks to bring his family back over. The explanation on the website sounds plausible to me and also (in theory) heads off rumour-mongers about why he won't be at the fans' forum on Wednesday. He has probably known that he had the job for about a week or so, and from memory it takes an average of about 10 days to process a visa application for the UK...he could have just waited in Australia until the visa comes through but then everyone would have been moaning about our new coach not having even met the players yet.
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    Reserve grade for next season

    There's a piece on the website today about the trial night, it sounds like not all decisions have been made yet as Paul March says he has a tough job to get to 25 players from the 50 trialists but it does mention 4 players who made an impact. Two of them were from Sharlston and another from Shaw Cross who of course March knows very well (think he still coaches there even though he's our rreserves coach).
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    2019 captain?

    Not quite enough respect that everyone spells his name right yet though 😀...he's one of our best players and a massive favourite of just about all of us but not sure he's captaincy material. Still remember Jon Sharp saying he was really difficult to coach!
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    2019 captain?

    Was trying to decide who our 2019 captain might be, with Hardman and his obvious replacement Ridyard both gone. Suspect we won't find out for a while with our new coach only just having arrived, but I guess the likely candidates are: Scott Wheeldon - very experienced, seems to be well respected, has been vice captain at Sheffield. Downside is that props tend to be off the field for nearly half the game. Brett Delaney - even more experienced, multiple SL Grand Finalist, sure to have the respect of all his team mates. Bit of a concern that he seems to have been in Australia for the last 2 or 3 weeks and another middle who presumably won't be on the field for 80 minutes but still likely a strong candidate. I think they are the two leading candidates. Ase Boas was captain of PNG Hunters but it's hard to see him being immediately appointed captain. For one reason or another I can't see any obvious candidates outside the two mentioned above.
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    2019 Squad

    Agree with the general point, but Josh Hardcastle went from being a pre-season trialist to being one of our starting 13 on opening day in 2017.
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    2019 Squad

    It will actually be an interesting decision between Ase and Watson. Watson was the goal kicker in the recent PNG international games against England Knights but Ase didn't play in the 1st test and was sub in the 2nd. For PNG Hunters, Ase has been the regular kicker over the last couple of seasons, kicking 87 goals in 2017 and 47 last year, but his conversion rate dropped from 80% in 2017 to 68% last year. Watson didn't kick any goals for Hunters in 2016 or 2017 but kicked 17 last year at 85%.
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    The New Coach, what are our hopes and expectations?

    Isn't it just as likely that our own recent past might point towards having appointed the wrong guy(s) on occasions rather than simply that they were rookies? Richard Marshall at Halifax, Sylvain Houles at Toulouse and Danny Ward at London were all rookie head coaches and have by common consent done very well. Moreover, there's a strong recent trend of young coaches coming through the U20/reserve grades or being assistant coaches in the NRL and then being immediately successful as rookie head coaches, Justin Holbrook at St Helens and Simon Woolford at Huddersfield being standout examples. The pathway to being an NRL head coach is usually via U20s and Intrust Cup (feeder teams) so if it's good enough in principle for the NRL and SL I don't see why it shouldn't be for us.
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    The New Coach, what are our hopes and expectations?

    Davide Longo in an interview on West Yorkshire Sport says Carr surprised him with his detailed knowledge of our players and the Championship when he arrived. He says he gets the impression he's very big on defence. Given his much lower budget than his predecessors and the massive turnover in personnel I think expectations have to be realistic, whether or not we can make the top 5 it would be nice to be competitive against all the good teams.