MyMrsWouldPreferSinfield

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    Oledzki Signs 4 Year Deal

    Fair point. I hope you are right. He has the size to be very menacing indeed. I would say he is more of a Walmsley type player and if he matures to be nearly as good Leeds will have done well.
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    Elstone speaks!

    They are important to their respective communities which in turn generate the grass root players. Not all championship sides come from larger towns like Leeds or Wigan but rather small towns. They will never ever be able to generate 20K gates because the town may only have 15K residents. The entire sport hinges on the small local grass roots clubs as those communities are the ones that ultimately get the kids playing the game. Take a club like Featherstone. If that club fell into the abyss what would happen to the town and the kids? No longer will every boy be able to say my dad, cousin, brother or my mates dad/cousin/brother plays for the local team. They will no longer grow up going to watch their home town club and will likely play yawnion or football as that is what is now played at their local school etc. The talent pool gets smaller and smaller. These clubs clearly have a responsibility to run themselves efficiently but likewise the governing body should control the entire sport and distribute the money in such a way that benefits the game from the ground up and not only those sat at the top table. What we have with a breakaway league is the clubs that generate the money want to keep it all, or at least more of it. I understand why, but it is short sighted as it will be to the detriment of the game, especially the international game.
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    Oledzki Signs 4 Year Deal

    Not for me. He is a big lump that makes yards for fun. In time he will get better at not spilling the ball, positional play and his defence should come along with that too. He will ultimately be the Garbutt replacement. Graham is a completely different animal, a genuine modern forward that has a rugby brain, he is relatively good with his hands and has a fantastic engine for a big lad. Graham in his pomp would make any team in the world and this lad wont IMO. I am glad we have snapped him up long term however as he will do a job for us.
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    Leeds New Signing

    I forgot about Justin Horo!
  5. MyMrsWouldPreferSinfield

    2019 Predictions

    What is it that suggests we are weaker now than at the start of last season as I really don't see it? We were patching things up at the start of last year, champions or not. Moon was played in the halves and isnt nearly as effective as he is at centre. Sutcliffe, having repeatedly failed as a half was put into the centres and its debatable that he would even retain his place given the form of Handley. We retain both players but neither are likely to start this year injuries aside. Lolohea, is an NRL standard halfback and at the tender age of 23 he has already represented New Zealand and Tonga 10 times. He is also, quite importantly, a dedicated dead ball kicker - something we have been missing since the departure of Sinfield. This is a huge upgrade on Sutcliffe or Moon playing in the halves. Moon is a much better centre than halfback and finished on a low point because of that which is sad for him. However returned to centre and at his peak he is not as good as Hurrell, not even close. Hurrell is a 5 trys in 10 NRL player and Moon is a 3 in 10 player. Hurrell has the speed and stature to be much more devastating over here against the weaker defences found in SL and so the difference between Moon and Hurrell will be even more exaggerated. Merrin, make no mistake, is a world class player, in his prime and could prove to be our best player. He will play at 13 in place of Delaney who we moved on. We retain JJB, Ablett and Cuthbertson as the other 3 people which play 13 on a regular basis. Contrary to his shirt number, Ward never plays 13. So far then, the starting 13 has been improved substantially. The losses. Hall has gone and he is obviously a great player. He is an exceptional finisher due to his size and strength however since the rule change regarding the corner flag (not being in touch) the advantage he had over other wingers is not as obvious anymore, in fact faster and more agile wingers have proved year after year to offer a bigger strike threat. Hall offers a fantastic kick return though, which is why, as a complete player and in his pomp, he was often regarded as the best winger in Super League and by some as the best in the world. In the context of SL and where Leeds are today i wonder how big an impact his loss will be though. I suspect that the kick return duty will be given to Hurrell who is faster but carries the same size and weight as Hall. If that is the case then a competent traditional winger is likely to be faster and more agile than Hall and run in more scores. Whilst I would have preferred him to stay, this cloud in the end could have a silver lining. Garbutt: Generally speaking he only started games when we were light with injuries. In his career he has started more games on the bench than the field and we employed him typically to come on against tiring defences to make good numbers. He has little skill, has a poor engine and can only do small minutes and his defence isnt great. Crosby was making the same metres per carry as Garbutt since he arrived and the kid Oledzki is the same style big lump metre maker. Leeds also showed him the door not the other way around. I have said this before but when we signed Garbutt,at the age of 26, he had only made 12 appearances in the NRL and all as sub. Maybe fans like him because he has a bit of biff in him but he is a moderate player and not one to pine over his departure. Keinhorst is a great squad player but will he be missed? He would be 5th choice centre or 2nd rower and that is before the likes of Cam Smith get a look in. His departure will have little or no impact.
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    2019 Predictions

    Jeez calm down! I like Wakey and I am glad you are doing better than normal but don't get too far ahead of yourself! As a few others have said, Wakey have been punching well above their weight for sure, but that is no bad thing or intended to be a criticism. It means you have a coach that is getting a tune out of what he has got, in a similar fashion to what Powell is doing at Cas. It is often reported that Wakey operate on one of the smallest budgets in the competition and by definition that in itself demonstrates how well you are doing and that you are over achieving given your resources. Wakefield do not have many players that would be taken by Wigan, Saints or Leeds to be starting players in those clubs, they just dont, probably not even Wire or Cas either. Please, before you start quoting the knights team, Leeds sent Sutcliffe and Handley and neither will be in the starting 17, injuries aside. Wakefield's point total at the end of the regular season was the joint 8th lowest (21), only 3 points more than 9th (Leeds) and being consigned to the middle eights. In contrast the table toppers had DOUBLE that on 42 points and come the end of the season that gap increased from 21 to 25 points as did the gap to 3rd and 4th place. Wakey are a country mile off being a table topper but equally you're miles away from top 3 or 4 as you say. It is much more likely that Wakey will not overachieve again next season but rather fall into the bottom 4 which is where their playing budget and roster suggest they should be. I hope not, as a Yorkshireman I want you to do well! Interestingly all the bookmakers have you priced in the bottom 4 too, so in their eyes if you do better than that they believe you are overachieving too.....
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    2019 Predictions

    Hurrell is nothing special? He is an absolute monster! I would argue that he is the fastest and strongest centre in super league and he will be breaking lines for fun. IF he applies himself he will be devastating. Its not ability that holds him back, its application. I agree regarding big forwards coming over and flopping but make no mistake Merrin is the biggest import to the SL in a decade or more. He is not an old player with plenty of miles on the clock coming for a last payday or an exiled player engineering a route back to the NRL. He walked away from the NRL, whilst still under contract for two years as one of the biggest earners in their comp, and he is in his prime. As i pointed out in a different thread, Garbutt is a big lump metre maker who at 26 left the NRL having played just 12 games in his entire career and all as substitute! He can only play small minutes and has no use other than big hits. Merrin is almost certainly playing 13 rather than prop, however any comparisons to Garbutt are absolutely crazy. Crosby is a squad player I agree and I am not excited by him. He will be cheap and fill a purpose. Delaney and Keinhorst were proven great squad players and I am sad to see them go, however they were depth players and not difference makers. Moon was a fantastic servant, a player of the year at more than one club and whilst utilised as a half last year he was exposed. It is a shame the way it ended for him but we have upgraded with Hurrell. Lolohea is young and is very talented, if he and Hurrell buy into staying fit and what they are doing at Headingley, you could be looking at the leading try scorer in the comp. Hall is a massive blow but not so much for his try scoring ability but the work he does on kick return. I am guessing that Hurrell will now take that job as he is also the best part of 17st just like Hall. I would like to see a big name in, maybe Johnstone from Wakey but I doubt it is coming. I expect another prop through the door but the squad is getting close.
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    Leeds New Signing

    Might want to check the Kolpak rules too. Oledski could be on that list too but I've a feeling he, along with Lolohea, Hurrell and Cuthbertson will not contribute to the quota. On that basis we've room on the quota but Feldt surely will command wages we can't get in the cap. Let's hope not!
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    Leeds New Signing

    Why? He's still got an engine. Losing a yard of pace is borderline irrelevant hence why forwards always go longer than backs. His attitude is first class. He won't be on big money these days. You'll not find many Rhinos fans or those that watch him play regularly agree with this opinion.
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    Leeds New Signing

    I am not too concerned with his speed; he would be a step or two quicker than Hall I would have thought. He filled out somewhat over the close season last year and his game matured, I just wonder if the same thing will happen this year. He seems to play without confidence and often appears to be scared of the ball! My god he knows how to come up with an error or two also! It reminds me a little of McShane, showed plenty of promise and prone to mistakes but with time developed into a player. He has not shown enough for me to be a first choice starter but you do get the impression if you let him go it might come back to bite you. I totally agree, I would like to see a top class winger shipped in. Leeds are making big efforts to assemble a contender’s squad but when you break it down we are still behind the squad of 2015. I think you could say Hurrell is likely to be an upgrade on Moon and Merrin is a push with Peacock. Those two will have a big impact. If you were to be kind and say Walker, Lolohea, Myler and Parcell are a push for Hardaker, McGuire, Sinfield and Aiton we still have two big holes where Leuluai and Hall would line up. I do suspect we have another big guy on the way but I get the impression we are not replacing Hall though. It would be bad for the game but I’d love Hetherington to write a big cheque and bring Tom Johnstone in. He is a totally different player to Hall but what a devastatingly fast back line that would be. It might take a big cheque to do it but Wakefield could be tempted given their financial struggles and the player is not likely to be on mega wages as hes still young and we might still get him under the cap.
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    Leeds New Signing

    Garbutt is not particularly injury prone, no more than a typical forward I wouldn't say. He is certainly not the messiah though, he is a big lump metre maker that offers very little else, he was cheap and will be relatively easy to replace. He arrived, at the age of 26, having only played 12 games in the NRL. In those 12 games he started them all on the bench and was on the losing side 8 times. At the grand old age of 26 with twelve substitute appearances to his name is a fair indication of his ability. As a squad player that is paid peanuts that can do limited minutes per game but generates great metres in 10/15 minutes bursts hes worth having and the Robins will like the big hits and the entertainment. Whilst Singleton is no world beater, he offers so much more than Garbutt, he has a better defence, makes more tackles and can do much longer minutes.
  12. MyMrsWouldPreferSinfield

    Leeds New Signing

    Make no mistake this is one of the biggest imports to SL in a decade or more. Merrin has just turned 29 and will still be 29 at the end of next season. Merrin is in his prime and bucks the trend for moderate NRL players or older/troubled NRL players coming for a last payday or a route back to the NRL. Not only is he in his prime but he is also one of the most accomplished forwards in the NRL which was recognised by the Panthers who made him one of the top 10 earners in the entire NRL only two years ago. Its quite obvious that Leeds have dug deep and dangled a massive 4 year contract to get him to walk away from the two years he had left on his current bumper deal. People shouldn’t be looking at this negatively though, in some way like he doesn’t want to play at Leeds. The guy is more than entitled to maximise his earning potential in such a short career, we would all do the same. This is not soccer where all players now earn enough for life regardless of which prem team they play for. This is not a Barba scenario where the guy is arriving under some cloud with an agenda to get back to the big time after one season. Merrin could have stayed in the NRL for two further seasons on his current contract and as one of the highest earners. He chose Leeds supposedly as he thought he couldn’t command the same wages as he gets now in two years time. That is fair enough. On that basis I fully expect he stays for the entire four seasons too. People should also appreciate that Leeds are paying the mega money not just for the skills on the park but the temperament and professionalism of the bloke they are investing in. Frankly I am staggered people are talking about Garbutt and Merrin at the same time. Garbutt was a complete and utter failure in the NRL, Leeds acquired him and paid him peanuts as a squad player. Whilst he turned out to be a useful big lump meter maker in the SL (each teams needs one) he is nothing more. I would have liked him to stay for that purpose and can only assume he is one of the 'slipped standards' Sinfield refers to and hence why he has been shown the door. This is no Galloway signing, this guy is will make the Dream Team on one leg. Leeds fans should be very very excited.
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    Golden Boot 2018 (Merged Threads)

    Dear ohh Dear Go back to the start of the thread. I really do not want to get embroiled in an 'is he, isnt he' debate on any player. Regardless of Sinfield, Johnson, Thurston or whoever else mentioned; they were all judged on an entire season and not 3 games. I dont care why you have a hard on for Johnson, my point has only been they have all been judged winners based on a years worth of form and not 2/3/4 games like this years winner has been. It is totally irrelevant to my point who has won but rather how they won.
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    Golden Boot 2018 (Merged Threads)

    My point does not relate to any specific winners (Makinson, Sinfield, Thurston, Johnson or anyone else discussed) but rather what the award means to Joe Public (Worlds Best Player) and the fact that the new criteria could not possibly define the worlds best player. Exactly. The two are not interchangeable.
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    Golden Boot 2018 (Merged Threads)

    No it is not Dunbar – the award is the ‘Golden Boot’. The award is not called ‘Best International Performer of the Year’ it is called the Golden Boot. The ‘Golden Boot’ is engrained the world over as the award given to the world’s best player. They are synonymous to each other. Golden Boot = World’s Best Player The new criteria absolutely defines ‘the best international performer of the year’ but the award remains the Golden Boot. Either create a new award, Best International Performer of the Year 2018 OR Stick with the Golden Boot and choose a player based an entire season and not 2/3/4 games! It’s just daft.