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Gareth Widdop

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Were the Dragons going to take Chase?

I know they are a bit desperate but Chase would not do well at any NRL Club IMO, he was average and getting worse.

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Did not see this coming. Hopefully Widdop's decision will elevate him to superstar status.

Despite the money on offer it must've been so tempting for him to remain in his comfort zone amongst the likes of Smith, Cronk etc.

He'll be the main man at the Dragons though.

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Didnt see that coming. Feel Widdop has made a mistake going to St Merge. average coach with a team of nobodys who are unlikely to even get close to challenging for a Premiership. Can understand him wanting to take on a new challenge but feel he will struggle with an average team and coach

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Good for him. It'll be good for him to strike out on his own as it were, without the "comforter" of Smith, Cronk, Slater, et al.

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I'll be sad to see him leave the Storm, but I can understand that he might want a new challenge and a chance to lead a team, which he will never do at the Storm while you have Smith and Cronk.

He's done brilliantly to establish himself as a key member of the best team in the game....hope his career now reaches even greater heights

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Didnt see that coming. Feel Widdop has made a mistake going to St Merge. average coach with a team of nobodys who are unlikely to even get close to challenging for a Premiership. Can understand him wanting to take on a new challenge but feel he will struggle with an average team and coach

Agreed, time to move out and spread his Wings but not at St George, they struggled to win when they were stacked with Stars for years and years and only just got a Premiership under Mr Personality by playing a severe defensive structure that was as entertaining as watching paint dry.

He would have been better off at the Broncos.

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Isnt Nathan Fien retiring at the end of the seaosn?.. or moving on.. sure Rangi to St.George is still on..

 

Would love to see Sam to St.George, purely from an England perspective, but think they're pretty well covered at Full-back.

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Agreed, time to move out and spread his Wings but not at St George, they struggled to win when they were stacked with Stars for years and years and only just got a Premiership under Mr Personality by playing a severe defensive structure that was as entertaining as watching paint dry.

He would have been better off at the Broncos.

Ouch. Them grapes sure are sour.

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perhaps Widdop to half and Tompkins to stand off??? From an English perspective I think if Rangi moves to Aus then after the world cup he will start to declare an interest to rep NZ. A few years out of international RL and in line for a NZ spot in 2017

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Ouch. Them grapes sure are sour.

Not at all Mr Posh.

I don't mind St George as a team but they have not done well considering some of the Star studded sides they have had over the years, especially when Nathan Brown was the coach.

I do not like the Broncos at all, but I respect their success and the way they are run.

I think a player like Gareth Widdop could be a real name player and be right up there in a one City team like Brisbane and the following they have, there would have been plenty of top up deals for him.

He may well disappear from the Radar in a team like the Dragons..

p.s

I am a masochist, I have followed Parramatta for 39 years.

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p.s

I am a masochist, I have followed Parramatta for 39 years.

Would I be right in thinking that started just after they had a brief spell of being good?

Anyway, for what it's worth, I think he'll flourish at St George (assuming he is as good as he looks and not being made to look good by Cronk and Smith). Decent size club with some expectation, but perhaps not quite the pressure that would be on him at Brisbane.

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Really surprised with this announcement, didnt expect him to sign for the Dragons. Will be interesting to see how the Dragons go next year with Soward and Widdop in the halves, and not sure where this leaves Chase but im sure all will become clear soon enough!

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Really surprised with this announcement, didnt expect him to sign for the Dragons. Will be interesting to see how the Dragons go next year with Soward and Widdop in the halves, and not sure where this leaves Chase but im sure all will become clear soon enough!

Soward is going, which brought around this move.

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Soward is going, which brought around this move.

Clearly my head is not working this morning, I knew that and have absolutely no idea why i just posted what I did! Clearly the weekend beckons!

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So does this now mean that it could be Chase and Widdop in the halves? An all English(!) combination!

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Clearly my head is not working this morning, I knew that and have absolutely no idea why i just posted what I did! Clearly the weekend beckons!

 

Indeed, Penrith bound, I think he's playing for Workington though. Seems closest.

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So does this now mean that it could be Chase and Widdop in the halves? An all English(!) combination!

 

Once Chase has gone back to the NRL (which I am reading could be in the next few weeks), I sincerely hope that a line will be drawn under the sorry saga of Roger Chase the English half back and that said individual features no more in an England jersey.

 

I have no issue with overseas born players qualifying on residency grounds, since these are the rules, he is simply not worthy of a spot IMO. FWIW, those residency rules do need changing, preferably to mirror the recent changes made in cricket by the ECB.

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Once Chase has gone back to the NRL (which I am reading could be in the next few weeks), I sincerely hope that a line will be drawn under the sorry saga of Roger Chase the English half back and that said individual features no more in an England jersey.

 

I have no issue with overseas born players qualifying on residency grounds, since these are the rules, he is simply not worthy of a spot IMO. FWIW, those residency rules do need changing, preferably to mirror the recent changes made in cricket by the ECB.

Have to agree, but I think he can now be English forever!

What changes have the ECB made to it?

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Have to agree, but I think he can now be English forever!

What changes have the ECB made to it?

 

Have extended the qualifying period to 7 years.

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Have extended the qualifying period to 7 years.

I still disagree with it but at least thats a significant length of time that they need to have lived here!

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I still disagree with it but at least thats a significant length of time that they need to have lived here!

 

I don't think there is anything wrong with qualifying to represent a country on residency grounds, but the qualifying criteria need to be much tighter. I think 7 years is a good stretch to demonstrate your commitment to your new homeland, taking on citizenship and obtaining a passport is even better. 

 

The Roger Chase affair smacks of opportunism and needs to come to a swift conclusion.

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Didn't see this coming and to be honest I hope he hasn't do this just for the money although who could blame him if he did $2.2m over the course of the contract is a lot of money.

At least it will provide the opportunity to see what he is really made of away from cronk, smith and Slater.

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