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Salford sign Francis Meli

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Is he the one on the telly?

That him - use to play golf with Bruce Fivesythe and Jimmy Tarbrush from what I remember.

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That him - use to play golf with Bruce Fivesythe and Jimmy Tarbrush from what I remember.

Ah...a connoisseur I detect.

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I think Salford have been wise to bring in a couple of experienced players who can still do a job but just on one year contracts so enabling them to move up the table to a position from which they can compete for younger and better quality players for the following season.  They will also need to keep an eye on the quota.  I'm not sure whether Meli will count towards the quota or not.  He didn't count towards the quota at Saints because he started playing for us in 2007 which was before the rule change.  My understanding was that such an exemption didn't continue on to a new club.  However, obviously I could be wrong on that.

 

I have to say that I am glad to see the back of Meli but that is simply because I have not forgiven him for his lapses in our grand final defeats which were all very costly.

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Meli has the third worst tackle success rate for a winger in the competition.

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That him - use to play golf with Bruce Fivesythe and Jimmy Tarbrush from what I remember.

Roger was rather naughty in one of the bunkers if I remember correctly.

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Salford need some experience, shame Jodie wants to move on and some of the kids aren't quite ready for a full season.

 

As long as these players are only on 1 year deals it isn't a huge problem.

 

Believe Gledhill is leaving which is a good thing as he seems to be permanently injured,

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He'll do a good job for Salford. Despite his obvious frailities in defence, Meli has been a fantastic servant to St Helens and is excellent going forward. I wish him and Salford all the best next season.

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It's all about next season ..

Noble needs to hit the ground running with a squad with enough power , skill & experience to be ' comfortably in the top half . when the axe falls  

decisions on the make up of the league could mean 2- possibly 3 teams from the current 14 being culled .

If we're sitting pretty in the top half come mid 2014 , Noble will have much easier job of recruiting for 2015 & beyond

Even if he has the mix of signings right , he still has to mould them into a team that can be competing and winning more than we lose from round 1 .

We cannot hope to  get 6 Mid 20's big game signings but we can get older experienced players who can handle the pressure and influence the younger players we have with obvious potential for this crucial Season.  

Morley & Meli fit that description to a tee . Puletua aswell if rumours are to be believed .

He then needs some fringe players who can fill out the Squad. with potential

then he has to get his Quota players who can deliver game winning performances & not be a liabilty , Junior Sa'u looks on paper a exciting player  

Morley & Meli's  age is a risk ,  if Salford ride their luck they'll play well & spend more time on the pitch than the Physio's bench.

if not they will have lost a big portion of the cap down the drain.

 

My fear is Saints & Warrington don't normally let players go they value . the Previous Chairman , took a gamble on Willie Talau - Phil Bailey and lost . 

Come late Aug - Sept when the rotating doors at SalfordCity Stadium have stopped spinning we will have a better idea on who left & who's come to replace , we will be a better position to judge whether Noble has got the balance right

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Ah...a connoisseur I detect.

I still get a titter from my Profanisaurus. Happy days.

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It's all about next season ..

Noble needs to hit the ground running with a squad with enough power , skill & experience to be ' comfortably in the top half . when the axe falls  

decisions on the make up of the league could mean 2- possibly 3 teams from the current 14 being culled .

If we're sitting pretty in the top half come mid 2014 , Noble will have much easier job of recruiting for 2015 & beyond

Even if he has the mix of signings right , he still has to mould them into a team that can be competing and winning more than we lose from round 1 .

We cannot hope to  get 6 Mid 20's big game signings but we can get older experienced players who can handle the pressure and influence the younger players we have with obvious potential for this crucial Season.  

Morley & Meli fit that description to a tee . Puletua aswell if rumours are to be believed .

He then needs some fringe players who can fill out the Squad. with potential

then he has to get his Quota players who can deliver game winning performances & not be a liabilty , Junior Sa'u looks on paper a exciting player  

Morley & Meli's  age is a risk ,  if Salford ride their luck they'll play well & spend more time on the pitch than the Physio's bench.

if not they will have lost a big portion of the cap down the drain.

 

My fear is Saints & Warrington don't normally let players go they value . the Previous Chairman , took a gamble on Willie Talau - Phil Bailey and lost . 

Come late Aug - Sept when the rotating doors at SalfordCity Stadium have stopped spinning we will have a better idea on who left & who's come to replace , we will be a better position to judge whether Noble has got the balance right

Puletua wouldn't be a good signing.  He is only fit for retirement now.  In fact, I think he retired about two years ago, judging on his performances.  He's lazy and past it.  You don't want him unless you have a couple of proper props who are willing to do the hard yards.  Puletua definitely isn't.

 

Incidentally, Meli is hardly ever injured.  And on the rare occasions he has been injured, he's only missed a couple of weeks at a time.

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Harsh analysis by Saintslass about Puleutua, but if I'm gonna be honest I can't disagree with. He appears he's at Saints for money rather than helping the team. He gives around 7 minutes of class every 2 games and goes missing for the remaining 153 minutes. Injured a lot of the time aswell. At least with Meli you notice he's on the pitch, can't say the same with Tony.

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Harsh analysis by Saintslass about Puleutua, but if I'm gonna be honest I can't disagree with. He appears he's at Saints for money rather than helping the team. He gives around 7 minutes of class every 2 games and goes missing for the remaining 153 minutes. Injured a lot of the time aswell. At least with Meli you notice he's on the pitch, can't say the same with Tony.

Harsh, but true.  Puletua was found out the minute we lost Jammer.  Graham used to always be the one to take the ball up.  Puletua never would.  He would even pass it to Jammer to take up!  Lazy article.  Anyway, since Graham left, his 'softness' has been there for all to see and he is just better retiring.

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It's all about next season ..

Noble needs to hit the ground running with a squad with enough power , skill & experience to be ' comfortably in the top half . when the axe falls

decisions on the make up of the league could mean 2- possibly 3 teams from the current 14 being culled .

If we're sitting pretty in the top half come mid 2014 , Noble will have much easier job of recruiting for 2015 & beyond

Even if he has the mix of signings right , he still has to mould them into a team that can be competing and winning more than we lose from round 1 .

We cannot hope to get 6 Mid 20's big game signings but we can get older experienced players who can handle the pressure and influence the younger players we have with obvious potential for this crucial Season.

Morley & Meli fit that description to a tee . Puletua aswell if rumours are to be believed .

He then needs some fringe players who can fill out the Squad. with potential

then he has to get his Quota players who can deliver game winning performances & not be a liabilty , Junior Sa'u looks on paper a exciting player

Morley & Meli's age is a risk , if Salford ride their luck they'll play well & spend more time on the pitch than the Physio's bench.

if not they will have lost a big portion of the cap down the drain.

My fear is Saints & Warrington don't normally let players go they value . the Previous Chairman , took a gamble on Willie Talau - Phil Bailey and lost .

Come late Aug - Sept when the rotating doors at SalfordCity Stadium have stopped spinning we will have a better idea on who left & who's come to replace , we will be a better position to judge whether Noble has got the balance right

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I think Salford have been wise to bring in a couple of experienced players who can still do a job but just on one year contracts so enabling them to move up the table to a position from which they can compete for younger and better quality players for the following season.  They will also need to keep an eye on the quota.  I'm not sure whether Meli will count towards the quota or not.  He didn't count towards the quota at Saints because he started playing for us in 2007 which was before the rule change.  My understanding was that such an exemption didn't continue on to a new club.  However, obviously I could be wrong on that.

 

I have to say that I am glad to see the back of Meli but that is simply because I have not forgiven him for his lapses in our grand final defeats which were all very costly.

He won't count. It's why Aaron Heremaia doesn't count for Hull, as he'd played for Leigh in 2005.

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Yipeee - made my day when I heard he was finally going !!

 

It was a mistake giving him a 2 year contract in 2011

 

Saints might be in doldrums now but at least the clear out of the dead wood has started with Perry, Puletua & Meli. Just HiHo & Gardner to ditch now and we're on our way to a proper rebuilding of the team.

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Wouldn't of signed him if I'm honest he's too old. He'll probably be solid but won't work wonders, I hope he isn't on a high salary.

this is a first..............we agree on something.

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Puletua wouldn't be a good signing.  He is only fit for retirement now.  In fact, I think he retired about two years ago, judging on his performances.  He's lazy and past it.  You don't want him unless you have a couple of proper props who are willing to do the hard yards.  Puletua definitely isn't.

 

Incidentally, Meli is hardly ever injured.  And on the rare occasions he has been injured, he's only missed a couple of weeks at a time.

shame they can't get shut of hohaia as well. now he IS woeful

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Another great signing for Salford he’s still got plenty left in the tank, now lets get Rangi Chase.

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Another great signing for Salford he’s still got plenty left in the tank, now lets get Rangi Chase.

He's a great signing for a lower end team. Would you see him signing for Leeds, Wigan, Warrington or Huddersfield? Doesn't really stack up against the Doctors championship ambitions

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all this talk of chase brings back the question of a visa?? he couldn't get one last year to play for hull what makes anyone think he will get one this year?

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not really there was a syrian guy on tv who can't join his wife and kids in the uk. they are all british and he doesn't have right of entry.

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Believe Gledhill is leaving which is a good thing as he seems to be permanently injured,

I never knew Mick was playing as well as commentating etc - where does he get the energy from?

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