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Can Salford be a force next year. could they win GF year aftet?

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They look very good 1-17 with a senior squad.

Senior players tend to cop the most injuries. Beyond number 17 they don't look very strong at all and this could be their undoing when injuries occur.

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No Salford wont be a force next season,they could just about grab 8th spot though

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Like to think so but at whos cost? Hull KR or Hull FC? Both seem better teams next year. Dragons, Giants, Rhinos, Saints, Warriors, Wolves will be there I think, so its 2 from 8. Unless Salford can shake it up a bit, and one of the Hull teams realises their potential. And I don't think you can right off Widnes either, should be a good season. Of the last 4, three may sneak 8th with an outstanding season

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No.

 

A top 8 finish next season will be a good achievement. They should push on and try to finish in the top 6 the following year.

 

A realistic goal would be an appearance (winning or losing) in the grand final in the next five years.

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It's all about building different teams for different stages of Salford's progression and potential rise in power, a team for breaking into the top8, a team for breaking into and staying in the top4 and then a team that regularly reaches and wins finals. Salford's current team definitely has the ability to break into the top8 but I'd be very suprised if they finished any higher than 6th or 7th.

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I'd certainly hope for top 8 but I can't see a much higher finish than that.

Not massively impressed with Sa'u in the World Cup. Some players could be a bit too close to the end of their careers, like Meli and Puletua. Others might struggle with injury; Morley, Rapira, McPherson. Tasi might not play long minutes. Mullaney is a complete unknown to me.

On a more positive note, it's looking increasingly likely that Harrison Hansen will come into the squad at No. 18.

I don't agree with those people that think the squad will be weak outside the to 17 (18?). I think that Adam and Jordan Walne will definitely play big parts in the forwards next season. Will Hope could also show up well. In the backs, Theo Fages, Niall Evalds and Jordan Davies all look like players with potential. Matty Ashurst, who has played nearly every game for the last two years, will be an experienced back up.

I think Gleeson could have a great season, despite his age and Chase and Smith should create plenty of chances. Overall, I'd expect mid-table.

As far as a Grand Final any time soon, I can't envision it. But Marwan loves proving people wrong.

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when u look at warrington & huddersfield steady climb to the top spots in the league it started with final apperences (and winning) the challenge cup...

it seems to be the rite of passage before teams have what it takes to take out the league leaders shield,making a grand final....

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As others have said it depends upon injuries, If they avoid too many then they are capable on paper of top 6.  I just don't think any other team has particularly strengthened much if at all and with the first 17 Salford don't look on paper much weaker than many others.  Yep some players are at the later stage of their career which would be a concern. However looking at how JP performed at Leeds last year that may not be such an issue. The challenge may bring out the best in them and if they match his sort of performance levels of last year then it should push them well up.

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Roller coaster ride I think. Salford could cause some surprises as Noble has built teams from less previously.

 

I just hope for entertaining rugby

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No, they'll be better but not a force.

They've signed a number of headline grabbers but amongst them are a few older players who have missed a lot of games between them over the last two seasons.

Rangi Chase was poor at St George but found a place where he could rule the roost at Cas however even then he had his periods of poor form even becoming a liability at times. There's no guarantee that he'll reproduce his best on a consistent basis now he's at Salford.

Tim Smith is similar, not wanted in the NRL, suffering from depression and bipolar syndrome, moved to Wigan where it just went from ad to worse, back to Australa where no one wanted him then he found a place where he fitted in at Wakefield. He was happy, settled, had a good raport with the fans, his team mates and his coach he also enjoyed the City. As a result he played hs best rugby for years, who knows if e'll settle in Salford or not, another gamble.

If salfords dads army payers get lengthy injuries then Salford don't look to have much depth and will rely on some make do and mend sqad members which won't get it done.

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when u look at warrington & huddersfield steady climb to the top spots in the league it started with final apperences (and winning) the challenge cup...

it seems to be the rite of passage before teams have what it takes to take out the league leaders shield,making a grand final....

 

This for me,  It has to be a steady process of improvement. Top 8 would be good.

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Not quite yet, I don't think.

If Koukash gets the salary cap lifted, though, I'll change my mind.

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they will have to keep there fingers crossed they don't get many injuries  and teams don't try play wide against them because they don't have much backup players and some of there forwards have a few fitness issues  but im sure noble will have some devious plan up his sleeve

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did Catalans not do a big leap a couple of years back

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which started by making the challenge cup final in 2007.... followed up with making the play offs on a regular basis since...

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No idea .. and that's the fun part .

 

at least 13 new signings & of the 29 squad named so far,  only 6 left were playing for the club before the 2013 season. Of them young Hooker Gareth Owen is the oldest surviving , having made his debut in August 2010. 

 

Brian Noble has already taken a fresh squad into a top 8 place with Crusaders in 2010. even so it's big ask for a team that's undertaken such a transformation .

 

Can'y see Morley putting in massive game time but his experience & leadership in & around the squad will be telling .

 

 

More important I think is the changes in the backroom staff , with top quality conditioners & physio's in place Salford will be undertaking their 1st fully professional pre-season .including a Pre-season trip to South Africa . presumably the same place England used  pre RLWC.

 

Most bookies have them 7th and they're generally on the ball. and if correct will be a great acheivement .

 

best chance of finals rugby is via a kind draw in the CC .

 

the Only Club I recall that made it from the basement to the premiers were the Penrith Panthers bottom to top in 2 yrs ( 14th in 2001, 12th in 2002, 1st in 2003 ).

Catalans Dragons 14th 2010 to 6th 2011 .

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They look a solid side for 2014, not a top side.

 

I'm sure more improvements will be made on and off the field, though, so this first season under Dr K will just be a step on the way.

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I think they'll make the top 8 for sure. 

 

After that who knows, with careful management of the first 17 in the regular season to make sure there all fit and raring to go come the play-offs then they'll be a real force, teams winning from 4th and 5th show its more about managing your squad for me and doing just enough in the regular rounds rather than excelling week in week out for 27 rounds.

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Wigan's experience with Noble was that:

- he loved his overseas players and would recruit as many of them as he could and play them ahead of any equivalent English talent;

- his style was pretty simple and basic;

- he could organise a group of players to win the games they ought to win but lose the ones they'd be expected to struggle in.

Which I think was the story at Crusaders, but might be wrong.

I can't comment on how much of that was true at Bradford, but he certainly put together/coached a wonderful team there.

His recruitment so far seems entirely what I would have expected. Top 8 but no trophies for the foreseeable.

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no i dont think they will do anything i personally cant see them making the top 8 to be honest i think the team they have got has some class act players in it but whats to say that they will all gel and play well together i hope they do well but i dont see why everyone is going crazy this year saying they will be world beaters they are far from that.

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Pretty much all the betting sites have Salford down as 6th favourites.  It usually takes winning on or around half your games to attain 6th.  I think we've assembled a squad that should bring about a significant improvement quickly.  A quick look at the squad will tell you how we are likely to play and it won't need a great deal of gelling.  I'm not expecting anything fancy.

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