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Right fed up of talking about fictitious bands and i know its a bit early and theres still a couple of pieces to add.however where do people think we will finish?

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We should be pushing for 6th spot for a play off place,top 5 should be made up of Featherstone,Halifax,Leigh,Batley and Sheffield.We look to be stronger then Keighley,York and Swinton.Think the promoted teams will find it hard,the cumbria teams will have to do well in their home games to have a chance of doing well.

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We should be pushing for 6th spot for a play off place,top 5 should be made up of Featherstone,Halifax,Leigh,Batley and Sheffield.We look to be stronger then Keighley,York and Swinton.Think the promoted teams will find it hard,the cumbria teams will have to do well in their home games to have a chance of doing well.

Strong rumour play offs will be top 8 in 2013

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Heard that too if and its the biggest word in the dict the coach can get em to gel i think we could finish fourth.

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We should be pushing for 6th spot for a play off place,top 5 should be made up of Featherstone,Halifax,Leigh,Batley and Sheffield.We look to be stronger then Keighley,York and Swinton.Think the promoted teams will find it hard,the cumbria teams will have to do well in their home games to have a chance of doing well.

I have to agree that the Rams should be looking to get into the top six and even if the play-offs expands to 8 because of the increase in clubs. Perhaps you will be best of the rest as the top five will be difficult to surpass this season.

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Strong rumour play offs will be top 8 in 2013

Hasn't that been decided ? :mellow:

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Right fed up of talking about fictitious bands and i know its a bit early and theres still a couple of pieces to add.however where do people think we will finish?

No expectations because I dont know what to expect from the team. We know that last years squad weren't good enough to reach the top six, so it will depend on if the new signings are better than those that left - which means Glenns kids will need to be as good as he thinks they are. I sat down and thought about a combined dogs and rams dream team the other day, and even with rose tinted specs on, I could only find room for four rams based on known ability - two of those would have been on the bench (bet piggy wouldn't even find room for that many). Of course, by the end of the season, there might be a more balanced look to my dream team, and I dearly hope so, but at the moment I just don't know. To be fair, trying to compare the rams squad to the dogs is difficult, because they have got a good squad of proven performers on board, while we are an unknown quantity, but at the end of the day, they should be right up there, while we just have to keep our fingers crossed .... still - rugby's a funny old game. :rolleyes:

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GOR sums it up pretty well I think. Based upon recent years even low expectations would be an improvement but of course we all hope that "this year will be our year". Sniffing round a playoff spot would be great - sweating about a relegation spot wouldn't be so good.

To paraphrase the saintly Donald Rumsfeld we can anticipate the known unknowns - coaching ability, player capability, injuries, team balance - but it is difficult to cater for the unknown unknowns. The greatest of these may turn out to be the new link up with SL clubs which could turn out to be very good for some CC clubs and not so good for others. throw in climate change, ash dieback, exchange rates and the outcomes of X factor and Strictly and the situations becomes very confused (unlike me I should add).

We'll finish somewhere between 4th and 12th all depending on kismet.

HTH

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You have hope, GOR and that is what sport is all about.

Top post m8 you aim for the sky u hit the ceiling. You aim for the ceiling u fall on your BOTTOM

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You seem to of got quite a few new faces in the Rams team next so it could all depend how long it takes for them to play well together but a wouldn't think you will be anywhere near relegation You have a good coach now and that will make a big difference. As for a playoff position who knows who will get there

Good luck next season

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You seem to of got quite a few new faces in the Rams team next so it could all depend how long it takes for them to play well together but a wouldn't think you will be anywhere near relegation You have a good coach now and that will make a big difference. As for a playoff position who knows who will get there

Good luck next season

I would be gobsmacked if we manage to break into top six and very disappointed if we are in a relegation battle. Mid table would be fine....providing we play with some panache.. The way we played under WJ was dire and my main hope for this year is that Glenn is true to his word and we play a more expansive game. If this puts us up with the doggies, Sheffield etc then even better.

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OK, this should be the kiss of death for you lot next season:- I think that you will do really well with a good young team improving as the season progresses

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I would be gobsmacked if we manage to break into top six and very disappointed if we are in a relegation battle. Mid table would be fine....providing we play with some panache.. The way we played under WJ was dire and my main hope for this year is that Glenn is true to his word and we play a more expansive game. If this puts us up with the doggies, Sheffield etc then even better.

Expansive, but with a good defence!

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Expansive, but with a good defence!

That's just greedy BSJ. We were ultra expansive in the days of Norman Smith, but we won nowt, because we couldn't tackle. But would I have changed a thing? No. Those were great days.

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That's just greedy BSJ. We were ultra expansive in the days of Norman Smith, but we won nowt, because we couldn't tackle. But would I have changed a thing? No. Those were great days.

Not just me then. ;)

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I see norman quite regularly and he hasnt changed much and is still bubbly , i also see peter wright who is now bigger than me . Normans daughter rosie is a jockey for micky hammond and has ridden a few winners .

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Unproven coach, lots of new young players, think 6th at very best, maybe 8th/9th.

We seem to be seeing Glenn Morrison as the new messiah, WJ was obviously the devil incarnate as far as most are concerned. He developed some very good players, many of whom have moved on, mostly to Fev.

GM has not won one game at senior level as a head coach. I am sure his man management skills will be good, but it's a very tough job and he will be facing experienced settled teams and experienced coaches. He has a big job ahead, not least building a new team from scratch.

His biggest job will be to avoid relegation.

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I would be gobsmacked if we manage to break into top six and very disappointed if we are in a relegation battle. Mid table would be fine....providing we play with some panache.. The way we played under WJ was dire and my main hope for this year is that Glenn is true to his word and we play a more expansive game. If this puts us up with the doggies, Sheffield etc then even better.

Most of WJ's team was dire to be fair, he developed good players, but most of them moved on.

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I can't have many expectations as we don't know how good of a team we are yet, but I'm guessing top 6.

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It is wrong to dismiss the chances of the four promoted clubs before the season begins as they are all an unknown quantity. I don't know about Doncaster as I don't know who they have recruited but of the 3 Cumbrian clubs the two west Cumbria teams - Workington & Whitehaven - look likely to have two quite useful squads of players next season. Town have a good mixture of youth and experience with the likes of Peter Lupton, Jamie Thackray, Ewan Dowes, Mark Calderwood with young guns Jamie Acton, Elliott Miller (Champ 1 Young Player of the Year 2012), Graham Mattinson (R/up for Champ 1 Player of the Year 2012), Australian Jarrad Stack, Scottish internationals Brett Phillips and Brett Carter. They could spring one or two surprises. Whitehaven if they manage to get the two PNG international forwards that they are talking with plus Jesse Joe Parker, Jamie Rooney and Neil Thorman at half-backs, and one or two other useful recruits, could also be amongst the surprise packets. There will be no easy games in west Cumbria next season that's for sure. Barrow don't seem to have recruited as well as the other two but they are always competitive.

There is also the unknown factor of SL club players with Town linked to Widnes and Whitehaven linked with St Helens to take in to account as well.

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It is wrong to dismiss the chances of the four promoted clubs before the season begins as they are all an unknown quantity. I don't know about Doncaster as I don't know who they have recruited but of the 3 Cumbrian clubs the two west Cumbria teams - Workington & Whitehaven - look likely to have two quite useful squads of players next season. Town have a good mixture of youth and experience with the likes of Peter Lupton, Jamie Thackray, Ewan Dowes, Mark Calderwood with young guns Jamie Acton, Elliott Miller (Champ 1 Young Player of the Year 2012), Graham Mattinson (R/up for Champ 1 Player of the Year 2012), Australian Jarrad Stack, Scottish internationals Brett Phillips and Brett Carter. They could spring one or two surprises. Whitehaven if they manage to get the two PNG international forwards that they are talking with plus Jesse Joe Parker, Jamie Rooney and Neil Thorman at half-backs, and one or two other useful recruits, could also be amongst the surprise packets. There will be no easy games in west Cumbria next season that's for sure. Barrow don't seem to have recruited as well as the other two but they are always competitive.

There is also the unknown factor of SL club players with Town linked to Widnes and Whitehaven linked with St Helens to take in to account as well.

In my experience it's always dangerous to underestimate Cumbrian teams, especially at their own place. If we brought more than a bonus point from the three games up there I would be impressed. Not sure what our record in Cumbria is, but I can't remember us taking too much from our games up there over the years.

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My expectations are similar to Kelsey's; there's too much of an unknown quantity abiut us. Our new leader spoke well at the meeting last week, did not seek to buoy us up too much, just to get the players to gel over time and I think saw the friendlies to be for such purpose.

I am still worried that we have too many youngsters and they are having to step up and settle to a different level to that which most of them will be accustomed.

At best, I reckon we'll finish sixth.

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I think that the Rams have a young squad, but a very good squad. Glen has recruited some excellent young players, some of whom were voted player of the year or players player for their ex clubs. These guys especially will want to prove the SL clubs wrong in letting them go and will be very hungry for success. Have watched a couple of training sessions and well impressed with the attitude of all the players and the effort they all put in.

I for one am looking forward to the new season.

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