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John Drake

Golden Boot shortlist: Four Aussies, Two Brits

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Sinfield may not be the best player in the world but his leadership qualities and ability to inspire and lead a team are second to none.Given that the Aussies refused to play England this year,who knows what might have happened and your earlier argument that the player of the tournament usually wins the Golden Boot,it may well have gone to Sinfield anyway.

Alternatively, based on previous performances, centering an international team around Sinfield would have ensured another depressing defeat in the final.

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Alternatively, based on previous performances, centering an international team around Sinfield would have ensured another depressing defeat in the final.

When has the team been centred around Sinfield before?

Was the team centred around Sinfield this season or is that due to his leadership qualities?

Whoever wins the Golden Boot ,no doubt someone will moan,good luck to whoever wins it,for once I hope it's an English player.

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The only thing id say about Ryan Hall being the Rhinos player of the year is that he beat Sinfield by 1 vote, and this was all before the playoffs started.

To be fair, that was the supporters player of the year.

I'm with Amber Avenger and Mr Posh - there does appear to be a sense of sentimentality to his nomination - whereas my understanding of it was the same as Andy Capp, this award is meant to be for the best player in the world this year. IMHO there is no room for sentimentality in this award.

Special awards, or lifetime achievement, absolutely 100% he would be worthy - title of Best Player in the World for 2012 - nah.

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To be fair, that was the supporters player of the year.

I'm with Amber Avenger and Mr Posh - there does appear to be a sense of sentimentality to his nomination - whereas my understanding of it was the same as Andy Capp, this award is meant to be for the best player in the world this year. IMHO there is no room for sentimentality in this award.

Special awards, or lifetime achievement, absolutely 100% he would be worthy - title of Best Player in the World for 2012 - nah.

You can't really judge the best player of the year when they don't play against each other.Other criteria have to be used,don't they?

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Why are you making your own argument up, comment on what I said if you are going to quote me, because I suggested nothing of the sort.

Well,just just you ,but every time this sort of thing comes up its either Sinfield or any other leeds player that gets slagged before any other mentioned player.Envy is best when its served up any colour except blue and AMBER

Sinfield is a good captain and a great kicker he is not the best stand off in the country or the best loose forward you cannot argue with his achievements and he deserves to be on the short list for that alone I do not think he will win it

I dont think he will win it either,and I agree with a lot of what you say.Playing for his club he is involved in most of the plays.I think its fair to say he is without a doubt the best team captain around

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To be fair, that was the supporters player of the year.

I'm with Amber Avenger and Mr Posh - there does appear to be a sense of sentimentality to his nomination - whereas my understanding of it was the same as Andy Capp, this award is meant to be for the best player in the world this year. IMHO there is no room for sentimentality in this award.

Special awards, or lifetime achievement, absolutely 100% he would be worthy - title of Best Player in the World for 2012 - nah.

I doubt there is anyone that would take it at the moment, but I would actually put a big sum of money on Sinfield being nominated for 2013's Man of Steel regardless of how well he plays next year for similar reasons.

(I'm not knocking him, btw, as I said it happens a lot in sport when someone is nearer the end of the career than the start)

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I doubt there is anyone that would take it at the moment, but I would actually put a big sum of money on Sinfield being nominated for 2013's Man of Steel regardless of how well he plays next year for similar reasons.

(I'm not knocking him, btw, as I said it happens a lot in sport when someone is nearer the end of the career than the start)

I doubt there is anyone that would take it at the moment, but I would actually put a big sum of money on Sinfield being nominated for 2013's Man of Steel regardless of how well he plays next year for similar reasons.

(I'm not knocking him, btw, as I said it happens a lot in sport when someone is nearer the end of the career than the start)

MOS! I find it hard to understand since 2004 not one Leeds player has come near to getting a mention

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Yes, I have found that strange. In the past two seasons, sort of understandable considering it's decided before the playoffs (if that is the right method of choosing MOS is another thread entirely and Leeds' recent achievements only back this up), but the 3 in a row side deserved more certainly

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MOS! I find it hard to understand since 2004 not one Leeds player has come near to getting a mention

Because Leeds are a team, a sum of the parts, a solid unit, not a group of individuals wearing the same shirt.

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Because Leeds are a team, a sum of the parts, a solid unit, not a group of individuals wearing the same shirt.

but there is more to it than that

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You can't really judge the best player of the year when they don't play against each other.Other criteria have to be used,don't they?

Yep - but as I highlighted earlier, he wasn't even in the SL Dream Team (or Leeds player of the year) and this was with his peers.

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When has the team been centred around Sinfield before?

Was the team centred around Sinfield this season or is that due to his leadership qualities?

Whoever wins the Golden Boot ,no doubt someone will moan,good luck to whoever wins it,for once I hope it's an English player.

You put Sinfield in a team and your game revolves around him. I went to the exiles game in 2011 when Sinfield was a late call up and he took over the team which resulted in yet another poor performance.

Great club player, but too slow when not protected by a dominant pack at the higher level.

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Well,just just you ,but every time this sort of thing comes up its either Sinfield or any other leeds player that gets slagged before any other mentioned player.Envy is best when its served up any colour except blue and AMBER

I'm not sure of that, and tbh you sound here slightly like Saints did a few years ago when they had Millward in charge with the victim mentality.

I have absolutely nothing against Leeds or their players, and have cheered for them in every GF (apart from this year's naturally!) - I do not begrudge them or any of their players the success that they have.

My opinions on individual players are purely my own opinions, and not based on who they play for. In fact, I think there is almost universal agreement that Hall is one of the finest players around at the moment, and he plays for Leeds.

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You put Sinfield in a team and your game revolves around him. I went to the exiles game in 2011 when Sinfield was a late call up and he took over the team which resulted in yet another poor performance.

Great club player, but too slow when not protected by a dominant pack at the higher level.

So every time Sinfield does not play for our National team we get a great performance?ah I'm with you now

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Is he a better Captain than

Jamie Lyon?

Cam Smith?

Luke Lewis?

Jonathon Thurston?

Nathan Hindmarsh?

Robbie Farrah?

Sam Thaiday?

Terry Campese?

Mick Ennis?

Paul Gallen?

Well he's achieved a lot more as captain than most if not all on the list so I'd say yes.

Seriously what have they achieved as captains that Sinfield hasn't? apart from being Australian.

It's between him and Cameron Smith IMO.

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So every time Sinfield does not play for our National team we get a great performance?ah I'm with you now

2 + 2 =5? Unfortunately what little chance we have of winning a World Cup final next year recedes with Sinfield's inclusion.

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but there is more to it than that

I don't think so

Leeds don't have many outstanding players, but we have a lot of very good players that work incredibly well as a team

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Its between 2 players- and neither are Brits! Sinfield is a very good SL player- but thats it. He would be a Joe Average in the NRL. In 2012, he was not seen like much of the Leeds team for most of the year. Whether he was injured or not, he still was not good up til maybe August time. Plus his record this year is not that great compared to others. Ben Barba had a great season but did nothing when it mattered- The Grand Final. Sam Tomkins again not consistant through the season and hasnt had that great a year.

The Golden Boot is about who is the best player of the year not Captain. So forget Sinfield! The real 2 contenders are obviously Cameron Smith who has been as usual an outsanding player ALL season. His record both as a player and Captain for Melbourne, Queensland and Australia this year has been near perfect. Another Australian win over a strong International team in NZ, compared to Englands opponents who sadly are have no better than Championship Standard. Smith led Queensland to a series win over NSW despite the loss of Lockyer and a few positional changes. And Smith has been one of the key reasons why Melbourne finished 2nd in the league and won the Grand Final. Melbourne Storm have had to rebuild and take chances on no names- unlike Leeds for example with a settled team. The Consistancy Smith has shown throughout the season in various comps should see him as a real candidate.

The other player is Cooper Cronk who probably has had his best year at the Storm and has been quality in most games for the Storm. His kicking is even better than Sinfields and way more consistant. The way he combines with Slater and Smith is legendary. This year he started from the off for Queensland and probably won them the series with the coolness of slotting over that field goal with just 5 minutes left. He won the man of the match in the NRL Grand Final. He also starred at International level against the Kiwis.

Sinfield like others have had fine seasons but has lacked consistancy through the whole year. And as a player he doesnt meet the standards of Smith or Cronk. And as a Captain his record doesnt match Smiths. Now as the Golden boot is about a player and how he has performed throughout the WHOLE year its down to Cronk and Smith

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You put Sinfield in a team and your game revolves around him. I went to the exiles game in 2011 when Sinfield was a late call up and he took over the team which resulted in yet another poor performance.

Great club player, but too slow when not protected by a dominant pack at the higher level.

So again,is that the fault of Sinfield or the players around him,all too often he is made a scapegoat for other players failure in a game.

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Right Sinfield he isn't the best player in the world that's a given. His leadership qualities are one of the best in the game that's also a given. Some of the criticism of him has been harsh whilst some comments have been hyping him up. There has been many people who haven't stepped up against the Aussies, you don't hear anyone on hear question when OLoughlin is put in the side or when Yeaman was put in last year. One thing Sinfield has never had with him is a world class half back, he now has one along side him in Mr Widdop. If Sinfield captains, kicks and directs well that's all we need as Widdop has a great all round game too accompany. To say we 'will lose the world cup' if sinfield plays is such a bad statement, Aus will identify Widdop as the threat leaving Sinfield with not as much pressure.

Edit; whenever Sinfield has had a poor game 8 or so players have been poor around him. Very hard for a half back too perform if your surrounding players don't perform, but Sinfield always seemed to get slated the most.

Cam Smith should win the award btw.

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Widdop is not world class and he still has to prove himself on the International stage IF the English coach gives him more than 5 minutes. Widdop has still much to learn even though he is doing a great job at Melbourne. Widdop may need somebody to take the pressure off him rather than he take the pressure of somebody like Sinfield. Widdop is still young and quite inexperienced still. People should not put pressure on him and see him as the answer to Englands problems. Just allow Widdop to be himself and if he does well for the English great. But it can be he needs time and will not be the instant succes English fans seem to be expecting

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I wasn't convinced by Widdop in the first part of the season but by the end of it he had the touches of a world class half back. Was quality in the grand final, he'll have another season under his belt also come next year. Maybe world class is abit too much of hype, but he's probably in the top ten 6 and 7s in the world easily.

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I wasn't convinced by Widdop in the first part of the season but by the end of it he had the touches of a world class half back. Was quality in the grand final, he'll have another season under his belt also come next year. Maybe world class is abit too much of hype, but he's probably in the top ten 6 and 7s in the world easily.

the Widdop ankle tap on a sprinting reynolds in the Grand final was a try saver.Awesome effort by Widdop.

Cam Smith is the standout choice for Golden Boot.

AWESOME CAPTAIN for STORM,QLD and AUSTRALIA.. Born Leader

2nd choice...COOPER CRONK..matchwinner.

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Its between 2 players- and neither are Brits! Sinfield is a very good SL player- but thats it. He would be a Joe Average in the NRL.

Interesting you think that. I was talking to Darren Lockyer recently and he thought precisely the opposite. He seems to think that Sinfield is a sensational leader and a great player who would have been a top player in the NRL without the slightest doubt.

He has watched Sinfield a lot, and of course has played against him. He was amazed that anyone would think differently.

The fact is there are six tremendous players on the Golden Boot shortlist and whoever wins it will deserve it.

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