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Westwood is contracted for another year.... I hope he has another season with us.

 

 

 

I'm looking forward to the return of Evans, Riley has had his head turned and I agree we should offer him more to get him to stay.

 

Salary cap is in place and Warrington are balancing the books.

where's chris riley going to?

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Why, are they 24 hours ahead rather than 12 now? ;-)

 

Fair cop, wish the weekend upon me.

 

In that case, what I meant to say is:

 

"They didn't, it's still Monday"

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If he stays fit it's a good signing.

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where's chris riley going to?

 

 

Glenn Riley the young prop. - New Zealnd Warriors.

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where's chris riley going to?

 

Glenn Riley is rumoured to be leaving, with NZ Warriors having put an offer to him.

 

Warrington have two good prop prospects in Learmouth and Bennion, but at 18 and 19 years-old, repectively, it would be reckless to expose them to the week-in, week-out rigours of SL. 

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If he stays fit, it's a good signing. Some risk, but if it comes off they won't be weaker.

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I thought he was older than that.  He was widely considered to be the best prop in the world for a while so there's little doubt about his ability.

 

His fitness will indeed be the key to how successful he is over here. I see this this as a good, solid signing and one that's well worth the risk.

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Sounds eerily similar to when we signed Paul Rauhihi, who, while solid enough didn't exactly set the world on fire.

 

We shall see.

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Roy at his peak was one of the best Props in the game, he had a couple of years at Canterbury and a season or two at Souths where he was right up there.

Injuries have not been kind to him in recent seasons but this may help him have a solid finish to his career with a bit less wear and tear on his body in 2011-2012.

I hope he does well at the Wolves.

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Fair cop, wish the weekend upon me.

 

In that case, what I meant to say is:

 

"They didn't, it's still Monday"

Hahaha

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Oh dear, haven't we been hearing for weeks that they were about to sign James Graham - and they get an injury prone 30 something foreigner instead !!!

Poor signing for wire (though time will tell whether he turns out to be as bad a pudding Perry !!!)

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Oh dear, haven't we been hearing for weeks that they were about to sign James Graham 

 

I heard that rumour recently but it was in the context of a text I received which began "Here's a list of some of the more idiotic rumours doing the rounds..."

 

I don't think anyone seriously thinks we would be able to afford him, do they?

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Interesting article about Roy here.

 

Asotasi departs head held high

But now the former Kiwis captain has fought the good fight for seven years, reinforcements have arrived, particularly from the north of England – and the 31-year-old is finishing his playing days in Super League.

Asotasi said on Monday he had signed a two-year deal with Warrington, a career and climate change that enthuses the Auckland-born front-rower months after being unable to rule out retirement.

The 24-Test Kiwi, who will lead Samoa to the World Cup in October, was off-contract at the end of the year and although extending his stay at Redfern was a possibility Asotasi has opted for a more lucrative package offered by coach Tony Smith.

 

Asotasi was the marquee buy when Crowe laid out the blueprint for the Rabbitohs' resurrection. He was joined by seasoned pros Dean Widders, David Kidwell and Nigel Vagana, who are now long retired. ''Fast forward seven years and you've got GI [Greg Inglis], the [four] Burgess brothers, Adam Reynolds ... John Sutton is playing the best football he's ever played,'' Asotasi said.

So wasn't there a temptation to stay put after playing through the pain of underachievement?

''I could have but at the same time I had to look for opportunities for myself and my family. I've been thinking about it for the last month or two and knowing I'm going to be leaving is the most saddening thing.'' Warrington is not the most exotic destination but the Wolves are perennial Super League contenders and are holders of the Challenge Cup.

Part of the appeal is Britain's proximity to  Europe with Asotasi reeling off potential off-season destinations for his wife Celeste, one-year-old boy Xayden and his sibling who is due in two months.

''If you get a break here it's Brisbane or the Gold Coast,'' he said. ''Over there you're going to Paris, Italy or Spain. It's only an hour away and only costs you $60.''

More here..

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/asotasi-departs-head-held-high-20130706-2pj47.html


 

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I think this is how SL can attract some talent from Aus. The likes of Warrington and Wigan may not be awesome towns, but the history and culture within an hour of the places whether driving or flying is immense.

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