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Kayle Connor's back according to the RL Express this morning.   Hopefully we find that missing spark with Kayle this season.

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And they still see him as a centre . Well if so he needs to have more sharpness and involvement there , and he and our other outside backs need faster , better service . I still think he looks a midfield player but either way he needs to step up a level because it's totally wrong to say he played very well , because he didn't , he was just ok with potential for better .

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where i would like to see a big improvement is a bit more crispness in our passing,and our kicking to touch of penalty kicks we should be getting a lot more yardage than we are of them???

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It baffles me how we don't make many yards from our kicks to touch. On a short narrow pitch like dp there should be no excuses. Why doesn't kayle Who can certainly kick a ball take them. Our decision on these type of options is often very questionable.

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Got to agree there . It's an old adage that it's easier to make ground with the boot than with muscle , but to often we are in a position after five drives where we should be after the kick ! It's amazing how often we belt the ball sideways into touch or even backwards . And we see kickers down here from other teams raking it to the 20 metre line ! It's a basic that needs attention - make penalty kicks to touch a real weapon to start a set . And if Connor thunder boot plays he has to do all the kicking , another reason to see him central . But even if he plays on the fringe he can be positioned to kick on last play . In fact our kicking as a whole in general play needs work - tries from kicks are THE central feature of the game now , hours must go into practice . We need more consistent long kicks on final tackle , and better last tackle kicks . To often ours fizzle out to nothing . Connor needs to use his bomb lots , and we need better grubbers. All this is practice - and why we don't kick long more or across for our wingers to chase is beyond me .We 're not the most inventive attacking side with ball in hand , so use of the kick on attack is doubly important . Look at Paul Cooke ... Say no more .

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Very pleased to hear Kyle is returning we are desperate for a few decent backs who can play in a variety of positions. I think we all saw the potential in the lad last season, I 'm hoping he can fulfill it this season, he can shift when in space and has a good boot on him, we need to find his best position and give him a few games there.

It looks like we have lost 3 good props from last season, we need to replace them quickly, it will be very difficult finding the same quality as those guys, I was hoping the Walne brothers might be on the shopping list. I agree with a few on here regarding news coming out of the club, season tickets will be going on sale shortly and a bit of good news might sway a few to request one in their xmas stocking. 

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Ye good news kayle is back i am hoping to see good things of him and shackley this season, plus we have signed some good lads from the amatuer ranks that will do us proud mark my words.

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Staying in this league looks like it will be tough this year - I don't really mind who we sign if its giving locals a go then so be it - but please just get a squad that will be able to fulfill fixtures with a full 17 - not injured players on the bench who won't appear - for the past 3 years we have ran out of numbers - will we learn ?

this haven fans on a mission!!

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this haven fans on a mission!!

But what he says is correct. We can't afford another season like the last 2 where we have been scratching around for players in the last few games.

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So a team we have there or there abouts can it compete? A 13 minus new lads don't look too bad apart from Haney on the wing

Carter

Miller

Haney

Mossop

Connor

Callum

Lupton

Mcavoy

Matty

Coward

Stack

Shackley

Olstrum

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Why not Phillips starting

I believe the team can compete but I'm also sure we will have more players in by the season

Carter

Miller

Connor/Rooney

mossop

Haney

Lupton

Callum

Mcavoy

Matty

Coward

Stack

Phillips

Olstrom

Shackley

Duerden

Rowlandson

Morris

Forber

19 signed now with more to come I'm sure

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So a team we have there or there abouts can it compete? A 13 minus new lads don't look too bad apart from Haney on the wing

Carter

Miller

Haney

Mossop

Connor

Callum

Lupton

Mcavoy

Matty

Coward

Stack

Shackley

Olstrum

surely brett phillips makes any starting 13

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But what he says is correct. We can't afford another season like the last 2 where we have been scratching around for players in the last few games.

yes keith buts more of a gloating and the sly digs get slipped in too. As for the squad I am sure they will have something planned. They aren't stupid as to what we still require for next season.

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Sugar b Phillips in any 13 sorry!! Just like to show that shackley I hope and expect big things from this year

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Sugar b Phillips in any 13 sorry!! Just like to show that shackley I hope and expect big things from this year

 

I think Shacks will be added to the props this season not second row.

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I'm sorry and this is being brutally honest here... That team is no where near good enough ....

Briscoe

Carter

Mossop

Red

Flynn

Lupton

Phillips

Dowes

Matty

Coward

Phillips

Stack

Olstrom

Thacks

Acton

Walne

Connor

Wasn't good enough in many games last year - and that's streets ahead of the team you have posted....

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So Carter is a better winger than Miller? Dowes better than McAvoy on last seasons form? Briscoe was only for enough to play a handful and I would say a fully committed carter isn't far behind and is certainly quicker. Other than that it's the bench so with 2 or 3 quality additions we'll have a stronger team IMO.

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Havenfan10 is just stirring it. We have 2 month to get our squad together so why don't you just pipe down

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So a team months into the season with dr players and loan players in is better than the one a few months before the season has even started with no dr or loan players? Well im blown away, blown away I tells ya...

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We have lost Acton and dowes and they are big shoes to fill the club will be looking carefully for the right players to fill those it takes time

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I tend to agree with some of Townfan 10 views, we always seem late on the signings front, theirs never any news coming from the club even little bits of crack ,what's going on with Carter, Thacks?  we should be building  on from the fantastic world cup experience  we have just had, and why haven't we got a market stall in the town in the run up to Christmas, this weekend should have been the start of it, lights switched on and plenty going on, would of done Towns profile a world of good especially after the WC. No doubt we will get to know!

From the town website :

 

Story in brief:

Grab your pre Christmas merchandise in town

Now that we have received definite delivery dates on our new merchandise range, we can confirm that we will again have a stall on the market in the run up to Christmas.

We will be in the town centre on the weekends of 14th & 15th and 21st & 22nd December to allow people to purchase their merchandise in time for Christmas.

The replica shirts are expected to be in later this week, with the hoodies, jackets, polo's beaines and umbrellas due early next week. As soon as the items arrive we'll upload the pictures to the website to allow you to view before you buy.

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We're not playing anyone now so it's pointless speculating on teams now . We'll get more signings and we can judge our strength when the season commences . Yes ideally we want to gel as I said , but ultimately I accept it's about having what we need when we need them I guess . And the BOD know what's what . More than one person has told me that young Mcavoy is a real 'un , so I'm looking forward to seeing him , and I've heard good things about the other two amateur lads . Big Red and Connor need big preseasons and need much more consistent seasons with much more quality of involvement . Widnes and Salford links seem a bit up in the air , so that's a big unknown factor at present .

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Can't wait to see what the new hoodies look like

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