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jamescolin

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Sorry, just not enough talent IMO. At the risk of repeating myself, no better than what we have.and we certainly do not want players coming along for an easy ride.

A different challenge , a different coaching style and also playing around different players can bring out the best in individual players , so I think JB will know what he's recruiting , and what he expects of them . So to say that the new signings are no better than what we already have is a bit presumptuous at this stage IMO .

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A different challenge , a different coaching style and also playing around different players can bring out the best in individual players , so I think JB will know what he's recruiting , and what he expects of them . So to say that the new signings are no better than what we already have is a bit presumptuous at this stage IMO .

 

I quite agree. It is what an individual brings to the team that matters. Sometimes the team is greater than it's individual parts. If what Saddleworth says is considtent, there would be no point in any teams turning up against those above them. What would eb the point of SL teams taking on Championship players?

 

Presumptiousness and a little arrogance to argue that point that players should only come from better teams! Finn hasn't turned out so bad and I remember one or two on here saying he wasn't good enough for you.

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Presumptiousness and a little arrogance to argue that point that players should only come from better teams!

Where in this thread has anyone said that Fev players should only come from better teams? This just comes across as an excuse to label Fev fans as arrogant.

I have mixed feelings about the Batley quartet, because I've seen them play plenty of times. Flanagan I think will do a good job, but the other three I am less convinced about, though open-minded. And that's because of which players they are, not which club they come from. I'd be much more enthusiastic, for instance, about John Davies. And I think Matty Nicholson - who has come from one of the relegated teams - is a fantastic signing.

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Where in this thread has anyone said that Fev players should only come from better teams? This just comes across as an excuse to label Fev fans as arrogant.

I have mixed feelings about the Batley quartet, because I've seen them play plenty of times. Flanagan I think will do a good job, but the other three I am less convinced about, though open-minded. And that's because of which players they are, not which club they come from. I'd be much more enthusiastic, for instance, about John Davies. And I think Matty Nicholson - who has come from one of the relegated teams - is a fantastic signing.

agree 100%.

Like you I've seen the 'gang of four' play many times, often as a neutral when objectivity is much more likely.

Flanagan I'm excited about. The other three I will wait n see, pretty much as I did with liam, bossy, ingy etc etc.

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..And then we've got to understand that we were fortunate to beat Batley in both our league matches..and then lo and behold they were allowed to come back from 18-0 down in a semi final of the play-offs..not bad players then in my mind;

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Your new Coach was sat just in front of me when we played Rovers at the Mount, which was Daryll Powell's final game.The rumours started about signing these four signing for Rovers after this, so I am assuming they were targeted on the back of this one game.

I did ask myself the question at the time if any of them would strengthen arguably the strongest overall squad in the division and the answer would be yes with Flangan, not really with Moore and Hurst and not at all with Walmsley (who did have a stormer in the mentioned game).

Flanagans eye for a gap from the play the ball and speed of execution are outstanding and he'd bring something to the table for every team in the league. On the flip side his uncontrollable impulse to go it alone if the ruck if less than 10 meters out, can infuriate.

Hirst is a very large human being and i'd say is on a par with anyone you have at the moment.

Gareth Moore will annoy you at some point. On his day he's excellent, although he's inconsistant and fancies himself (not a bad thing for a number 7?) maybe a bit too much. Is he better than Finn / Kane - i'm not too sure.

Walmsley wouldn't have been in our first choice 17 this year, so logically, he wouldn't be in Rovers considering thier squad and budget, and seems to have been signed on the back of one game. He does define that awful cliche of 'putting your body On the line' though.

So good look chaps (and Rovers) and thanks for the memories . . .

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agree with most of that assessment and it's been well documented that John Bastian was at that Batley game (and Walmsley did play very well that day). Moore has a bit to prove for me and Fev fans tend to take more to the blue-collar, roll-your-sleeves up types, but it's handy to have some half-back cover as we have been lucky in terms of injuries with Finn and Kain (though Andy seems to play through injury a lot). Hirst has always had that "looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane" thing thrown at him, but to be fair he has been more effective when I've seen him lately, including in the grand final. I'm hoping that Flanagan's acquisition means Ellis will be starting games, he is the outstanding hooker in the division and needs more minutes for me, Flanagan as an impact player off the bench for half an hour looks the way forward there. My concern is that it's not going to be easy to get any improvement out of players who have played for John Kear, but on the other hand,if they don't bring plenty to the table they simply won't get a game with that squad.

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In all fairness to Hirst, he's improved out of sight under John Kear. I remember seeing him play for us against Hunslet some years ago, and he was a real waste of space. However, he's still not a level where I'd have expected the divisions most ambitious club to sign him. Liam Walmsley is full of effort and vigour, but he's simply not big enough and unlikely - at nearly 25, to improve in that respect. I'm just glad that John Davies had s stinker against you at The Mount.

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..And then we've got to understand that we were fortunate to beat Batley in both our league matches..and then lo and behold they were allowed to come back from 18-0 down in a semi final of the play-offs..not bad players then in my mind;

Aided and abetted by the inept performance of our lads in the second half. Wonder what were the odds on that?.

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I hope you're not confusing kicking game with goal-kicking. Moore's field kicking isn't brilliant, more often than not it's straight down the middle or to the corner in hope, I've never seen him complete a 40-20 for example or get a good result from a kick. Goal-kicking is another matter, he can land them from anywhere, as you already know, so weigh both sides up carefully. My thoughts on Hirst and Walmsley have already been aired on your a treat.site. Your best bet of an immediate success is George, livewire and will bring you lot on

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Really excited to see Flanagan and Ellis rotating at hooker next year.......with a pack that's gonna be better than this year we'll take some stopping.

 

And hopefully when it comes to the crunch we've got someone who can drop a goal too  ;)

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Sounds like Lamont Bryan is, in fact, leaving Fev - along with another very surprising departure from your forward pack. Looks like big Keegan might end being a Fev first choice after all!

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Sounds like Lamont Bryan is, in fact, leaving Fev - along with another very surprising departure from your forward pack. Looks like big Keegan might end being a Fev first choice after all!

like we said earlier. ... this deal replicates the black/Handforth swap.

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Sounds like Lamont Bryan is, in fact, leaving Fev - along with another very surprising departure from your forward pack. Looks like big Keegan might end being a Fev first choice after all!

Very interesting indeed

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Moore will have alot to learn to read the game like Finn does

Moore was signed when Finn was on his way to Halifax. If Finn and Kain stay fit cannot see how Moore will get many games. Cannot see Moore being a replacement for Kain with Kain being a 'running' halfback and Moore a 'organising' halfback.

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Sounds like Lamont Bryan is, in fact, leaving Fev - along with another very surprising departure from your forward pack. Looks like big Keegan might end being a Fev first choice after all!

Haven'y seen this announced can you give more dxetails?

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Haven'y seen this announced can you give more dxetails?

It hasn't been announced...yet.

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personally i can see tommy saxton makeing way with the wingers we'v signed

Looks like your correct on this one

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Looks like your correct on this one

Would be sorry to see Tommy go, he still causes lots of problems for opponents with his elusiveness and off loads

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If you read the comments on the Hunslet forum regarding our new flying winger, it will make you wonder why we signed him.

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If you read the comments on the Hunslet forum regarding our new flying winger, it will make you wonder why we signed him.

Ahh yes Hunslet, they were vast scorers every week scoring umpteen tries especially for their wingers

 

No disrespect to them, but they probably didnt utilise or have the players to utilise Chisholm

 

As for signing him, Martin Offiah made a career out of just being fast, he wasnt that skilled really or that much of a decent defender one on one and not the best under the high ball, however give him a bit of broken field or a chink of light in the corner.......just saying like

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Ahh yes Hunslet, they were vast scorers every week scoring umpteen tries especially for their wingers

No disrespect to them, but they probably didnt utilise or have the players to utilise Chisholm

As for signing him, Martin Offiah made a career out of just being fast, he wasnt that skilled really or that much of a decent defender one on one and not the best under the high ball, however give him a bit of broken field or a chink of light in the corner.......just saying like

Incorrect. Offiah had absolutely fantastic, almost magical.footwork that, allied with his pace, enabled him to beat defences with ease. Definitely not just a sprinter, but a very talented rugby player as well. Having pace is, in itself, not enough to be a success. There are many examples of the latter.

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Would be sorry to see Tommy go, he still causes lots of problems for opponents with his elusiveness and off loads

I didn't mean he was leaving just think he won't be first choice winger although if the new lads don't perform and Saxton gets in it will be hard to leave him out

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Ahh yes Hunslet, they were vast scorers every week scoring umpteen tries especially for their wingers

 

No disrespect to them, but they probably didnt utilise or have the players to utilise Chisholm

 

As for signing him, Martin Offiah made a career out of just being fast, he wasnt that skilled really or that much of a decent defender one on one and not the best under the high ball, however give him a bit of broken field or a chink of light in the corner.......just saying like

 

Unbelievable.

 

Did you ever actually see Offiah play? - "He wasn't that skilled really".  REALLY??

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