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2018 SQUAD

6 Backs:

2018 Ian Hardman

2018 2019 Luke Briscoe

2018 Shaun Robinson NEW PLAYER

2018 Misi Taulapapa

2018 Josh Hardcastle

2018 Chris Ulugia

 

5 Half-backs & Hookers:

2018 Anthony Thackeray

2018 2019 Martyn Ridyard

2018 Keal Carlile

2018 Matty Wildie

2018 Tom Holmes NEW PLAYER

 

5 Props:

2018 Darrell Griffin

2018 Richard Moore

2018 2019 Luke Cooper

2018 Sam Brooks

2018 2019 Scott Wheeldon NEW PLAYER

 

6 Back-rowers:

2018 James Lockwood

2018 2019 John Davies

2018 Frankie Mariano

2018 2019 Jason Walton

2018 Connor Farrell

2018 Brad Tagg

 

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2 minutes ago, Batley Bob said:

Are all of these contracted for next season

There was some Twitter interplay between Briggs and Matt Diskin a few weeks ago that did make me wonder whether he was signing for Batley. His contract is up at the end of this year and it would certainly have been impossible to envisage him staying on at Fev if Sharp had still been in charge.

There have been announcements about extended contracts for Davies and Walton that I can recall. Some of our other players have another year left on their contracts (eg Thackeray has a year left I think) although as we all know contracts don't necessarily mean a lot these days.

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25 minutes ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

There was some Twitter interplay between Briggs and Matt Diskin a few weeks ago that did make me wonder whether he was signing for Batley. His contract is up at the end of this year and it would certainly have been impossible to envisage him staying on at Fev if Sharp had still been in charge.

There have been announcements about extended contracts for Davies and Walton that I can recall. Some of our other players have another year left on their contracts (eg Thackeray has a year left I think) although as we all know contracts don't necessarily mean a lot these days.

Wasn't meaning that , we have a thread like this but it's players under contract for next season

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   The minimum we require for next season and couple of seasons after team building.Full back,stand off/scrum half,hooker,two props preferably under 28,two back row forwards,and another couple as squad members.we may be ok in the three quarters if we can get another year out of Missi,Hardcastle has potential and should improve,Walton dual centre secondrow,

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12 hours ago, Batley Bob said:

Are all of these contracted for next season

No.

That is the 2017 squad. Some of these, Im not sure who will have 2018 contracts already. Others, presumably not.

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On ‎28‎/‎08‎/‎2017 at 5:15 PM, marklaspalmas said:

I've been on my hols and got to thinking about next year's squad as you do. Given that Day and Duckworth won't be back, here's what we have currently plus their age in 2018. Ive included the loanees just in case they stay.

Backs:

Ian Hardman 32-33

Luke Briscoe 23-24

Scott Turner 29-30

Kyran Johnson 23-24

Misi Taulapapa 35-36

Josh Hardcastle 25-26

Chris Ulugia 25-26

Half-backs & Hookers:

Kyle Briggs 30-31

Anthony Thackeray 31-32

Keal Carlile 27-28

Matty Wildie 27-28

Props:

Darrell Griffin 36-37

Richard Moore 36-37

Andy Bostock 32-33

Luke Cooper 23-24

Sam Brooks 24-25

Back-row:

James Lockwood 31-32

John Davies 26-27

Frankie Mariano 30-31

Jason Walton 27-28

Connor Farrell 24-25

Dan Igbeninion 22-23

Brad Tagg 24-25

As you can see from the list, there are nine players out of 23 over the age of 30. Just seven players under the age of 25, three of them loanees.

 

Mark, I'm not too bothered  about the ages of the older players. Misi, Griffin and Moore are showing no signs of slowing down, although Richard Moore does seem to get dafter year on year and can do some stupid things, mainly through ill discipline. They can all go on at least another year providing they don't get injury problems which are harder to recover from the older you get.

I'm more concerned about the recurring injury problems to Bozzy, Briggsy and Ulugia, and while I would hate to lose them you are taking a risk if you build your team around them. Thacks is the wrong side of 30 but is a better player now than he was 5 years ago, Hardo is in the form of his life, while Frankie and Locky haven't reached the veteran stage just yet. I personally feel that 32 is more of a threshold than the age of 30 used to be many years ago, and that lower figure can be when many players are at their peak.

I wouldn't worry too much about the age of the squad, the big issues for me are replacing Baldy, either by recruitment or D/R, and getting a better tactical kicker. This kicking problem (including the defending of kicks) might just be through lack of practice from being part time, so if this is the case I would look at re-arranging the wage structure to pay overtime for those associated with the kicking plan to come in for extra practice sessions, maybe having one or two kickers on full time contracts to spend time with a specialist kicking coach. Take away this aspect of the game and its a very good squad capable of challenging the full-timers for the top spots in next years Championship. 

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I think we need a bit more pace in the side particularly out wide, we are more of a bulldozer side at the moment. If we want better rugby I think we need more speed.

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9 minutes ago, Steve Slater said:

 

I'm more concerned about the recurring injury problems to Bozzy, Briggsy and Ulugia, and while I would hate to lose them you are taking a risk if you build your team around them.

Agree with that, and you have to add Mariano and Walton to the list of players who are unlikely to give you a full season given their unfortunate injury records.

The only thing about players who are 32+ is that there WILL come a time when they lose it and although all our veterans have done well enough this year you never know which season is the one you really shouldn't have played.......

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11 hours ago, Batley Bob said:

Wasn't meaning that , we have a thread like this but it's players under contract for next season

Contract lengths don't always seem to be announced these days, and with the arrival of a new coach might not mean a lot anyway - a huge proportion of our squad moved on when Sharp arrived two years ago and I suspect plenty were still under contract.

I think as well as Walton and Davies I read a while ago that Hardman's contract had been extended until the end of next year. I think Griffin's contract and Moore's are both up at the end of this season (not sure about the latter). Keal Carlile has another year left on his deal. Misi's one-year deal signed at the end of 2016 will conclude at the end of this year and there were rumblings on the FB page that he hadn't been offered a new one though I don't know if that's true. Some of the other signings over the last couple of years I'm not sure if their contract lengths were announced. But again, if a player isn't wanted, or isn't happy, or for other reasons, they don't always see a contract out, as we saw with Michael Knowles recently.

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Oh for the days when we had a vibrant second team with under 21's and under 18's all developing fast and pushing for places. That is how it ought to be instead of looking for other teams cast offs.

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It seems that Fev are cash rich for next season with the money they have been offering 3 Fax players. 2 have rejected the offers but 1 is yet to sign although if he stays at Fax it will be for nearly half of what Fev have offered. It also seems your chairman is trying to offload Thackery to anyone that is willing.

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48 minutes ago, The Blues Ox said:

It seems that Fev are cash rich for next season with the money they have been offering 3 Fax players. 2 have rejected the offers but 1 is yet to sign although if he stays at Fax it will be for nearly half of what Fev have offered. It also seems your chairman is trying to offload Thackery to anyone that is willing.

  Thackery has been one of our most consistent players this season,but he often plays well against the weaker teams but does not stand out in the tough matches.It may be that he finds it harder when our pack does not get on top,but i think he lacks that bit of zip around the middle and his kicking is predictable.Not one of our worse signings by a long way though.

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34 minutes ago, sentoffagain2 said:

  Thackery has been one of our most consistent players this season,but he often plays well against the weaker teams but does not stand out in the tough matches.It may be that he finds it harder when our pack does not get on top,but i think he lacks that bit of zip around the middle and his kicking is predictable.Not one of our worse signings by a long way though.

I agree and when I think of him playing against us in the past, he always seems to pose a threat.  I hope him and Briggs get the chance to play together under Duffy, as yet, we haven't really seen much of that partnership and if Duffy can bring some different attacking moves and ideas, then we might not need to look elsewhere!  We definitely need some pace in the team, at times, it looks like our game is played in slow motion, be interesting to see the additions for next season, no doubt some will be dissatisfied!

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2 hours ago, jamescolin said:

Oh for the days when we had a vibrant second team with under 21's and under 18's all developing fast and pushing for places. That is how it ought to be instead of looking for other teams cast offs.

Hear,hear,JC. A fact of life today, we must have instant success, yesterday. Admit I much rather enjoyed watching Fev when we could field a few local lads in the squad, having been brought through the reserves. They were dedicated and proud to represent the club and it showed on the field. "Jimmies (Carlton) going to get you" would ring around the family stand, the shout being taken up by the  speccies.

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4 hours ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

Contract lengths don't always seem to be announced these days, and with the arrival of a new coach might not mean a lot anyway - a huge proportion of our squad moved on when Sharp arrived two years ago and I suspect plenty were still under contract.

I think as well as Walton and Davies I read a while ago that Hardman's contract had been extended until the end of next year. I think Griffin's contract and Moore's are both up at the end of this season (not sure about the latter). Keal Carlile has another year left on his deal. Misi's one-year deal signed at the end of 2016 will conclude at the end of this year and there were rumblings on the FB page that he hadn't been offered a new one though I don't know if that's true. Some of the other signings over the last couple of years I'm not sure if their contract lengths were announced. But again, if a player isn't wanted, or isn't happy, or for other reasons, they don't always see a contract out, as we saw with Michael Knowles recently.

Yes. It's quite possible that the clubs are not really interested in broadcasting who is and isn't under contract but the work of agents is to make all clubs (potential employers) aware of this. Given that, Im not sure why contract lengths are not common knowledge/readily available info for fans too.

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Its one of them int it.In the top echelon of football are Germany who I believe have won the world cup more than any other country.Their ethos is when players reach 30 unless they are exceptional they are dropped and this results in a young and hungry player taking his place and is nurcherd into being a top player.I believe in this across all sports including ours.I don't think any of our players over 30 are exceptional and would definitely look for yonger options especially with a bit of pace.The only danger is we have a good Championship side and if we replace them with young Championship players there is a danger we may not improve the Team for next year.Its down to the Chairman and the Coaches decision making with the latter if wrong dieing by the sword.

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15 hours ago, Blue Pike said:

In the top echelon of football are Germany who I believe have won the world cup more than any other country.

That'd be Brazil.

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5 hours ago, marklaspalmas said:

That'd be Brazil.

True should have googled it first .Brazil have won it 5 times and Germany joint second with Italy with four which is still excellent and if you go to the Euros they have won it the most  jointly with Spain three times meaning roughly they are one if not the best teams in the world.If you look at England who in the last euros was reported that they have more money pumped in to them by far compared to the others were beaten by part timers and fishermen from Iceland with Rooney ( over thirty ) the captain struggling around the pitch.      

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56 minutes ago, Blue Pike said:

True should have googled it first .Brazil have won it 5 times and Germany joint second with Italy with four which is still excellent and if you go to the Euros they have won it the most  jointly with Spain three times meaning roughly they are one if not the best teams in the world.If you look at England who in the last euros was reported that they have more money pumped in to them by far compared to the others were beaten by part timers and fishermen from Iceland with Rooney ( over thirty ) the captain struggling around the pitch.      

I think we can all agree that Germany have a superior record at championship football to England. However I dont believe this is in anyway due to them apparently dropping anyone over the age of 30.

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MISI Taulapapa has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract, meaning he will be a Featherstone Rover until at least the end of next season.

The Samoan international has agreed to a third term at the LD Nutrition Stadium, having joined the Rovers prior to the start of the 2016 campaign.

Taulapapa has scored eight tries in 19 appearances this year and the former NRL three-quarter is looking forward to his future with Featherstone.

“I am really pleased to have re-signed here, these are exciting times for the club and I want to be a part of it,” said Taulapapa, who is sponsored by Choose At Home Blinds.

“Under new management, this year, and now with a fresh coach in place, we are heading the right direction.

“It will be good to get a full pre-season under my belt and hit the ground running next term.

“I am coming towards the end of my career - and I would like to finish it here at Featherstone. My hunger is still well and truly alive and I will give everything for the team.

“We have witnessed a different style of coaching under John Duffy and, as a player, I am excited when I turn up for training.

“We are learning a lot of new things and, in the long term, what we are doing will benefit us greatly.

“Sunday is going to be huge for us and it is a challenge we are very much looking forward to taking on.

“We know what we have to do to beat Hull KR. We drew with them last time out and came very close, at their place, earlier in the season.

“This weekend gives us a huge chance to bounce back and give the supporters a performance they deserve.”

Head coach John Duffy, who arrived at the club in July, is delighted to have secured the centre’s services for a further 12 months.

He added: “Misi has been absolutely fantastic for me since I came here and he will be massive for us going forward.

“He is undoubtedly one of the best players in the division and making sure he remained here for 2018 was key.

“Misi is a natural leader, both on and off the field, and he is great to have around the place.

“His efforts in the Qualifiers have been great, he has not taken a backwards step, and we are excited to see how he progresses going into next year.”

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Brilliant news,  although wrong side of 30 , I think he can certainly be a great asset to the team 

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