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Well if we had any centres with the same offensive ability as Watkins and superior defensive skills then you'd be right. However...

Hence the "that's how it should be" in my post.

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Former England international Kirk Yeaman wouldn't have done well in the NRL?

 

 

Too many defensive lapses like he shows in the SL would have him playing reserve grade more than first grade. Since when has being an England international guaranteed you a gig in the NRL? Even less so five years ago. I don't recall a queue of Aussie clubs when Yeaman played in GB's last win in Sydney.

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Harrigan, I respect your opinion on the NRL, but you've got a lot of those left and right centres mixed up. I assume you've gone by the numbers on players' backs rather than which side of the field they actually play on, but I can't be bothered checking that. It should've stood out to you though that Lafai plays on the right and J Moz on the left.

As for comparing Watkins to other young centres, Blake Ferguson is 23 but I wouldn't trade him for Kallum. Over the last 12 months, I rate Fergo in the top 5 centres in the comp though.

Watkins is a better athlete than our left centre, Jarrod Croker (also 22, already 100 games under his belt), but it'd still be hard for me to to say he'd have to make way, especially since his goal kicking had been so important in our team.

Then there's 20 year old Jack Wighton, who hasn't be given a consistent position in the team yet, but has already made his rep debut for NSW Country and just played the best game of his short career against the Storm at left centre for the injured Croker. Many opposition fans and neutral commentators are keeping an eye on him for higher rep honours, including the eye of NSW Origin coach, Laurie Daley. I already rate him as one of the best defensive centres in the game.

We've also got Edrick Lee, another 20 year old, playing on the wing for us, but dominated the under 20s at centre. He's a massive talent who has fast become NRL quality after looking raw and a bit too skinny last year.

This is the Raiders, a mid table team.

Raiders' problem isn't in developing talent, it is in holding on to it.

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Who have we lost that we wanted to keep in the last few years? I can only think of Joel Thompson.

Our retention has been excellent under Furner.

My post was really only to demonstrate how a mid table NRL team still has genuine talent queuing up all over the back line.

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Who have we lost that we wanted to keep in the last few years? I can only think of Joel Thompson.

Our retention has been excellent under Furner.

My post was really only to demonstrate how a mid table NRL team still has genuine talent queuing up all over the back line.

Surely Eastmond was a bigger loss than Tomkins!

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Surely Eastmond was a bigger loss than Tomkins!

Joel Thompson. Canberra player that's just signed for St George

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