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13 minutes ago, DoubleD said:

Didnt realise he was formerly with the Giants.

Looks a bit of a short term risk to me, given he's now 31 years of age

Agreed. Even if he turns out to be a natural, he won't be around for very long.

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11 minutes ago, Oliver Clothesoff said:

Do Warrington use the same accountant as Wigan? ?

Assuming that he does sign - and I really hope he's just playing for a better RU contract like Eastmond did - then I hope he would be on less money than Atkins.

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Too much risk IMO.   Rather pay a big transfer fee and allocate those wages to someone proven.   We are lucky enough to be able to afford it.

Maybe it’s just an effort to appeal to the RU fan stronghold around East and Mid-Cheshire.    Winning a trophy would work better! 

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Replacing a 33 year-old with a 31 year-old who hasn’t played Rugby League for at least fifteen/sixteen years stinks of nothing more than a publicity stunt to try and get some interest in the club from RU fans and nothing more. 

Surely his potential wage would be better spent upgrading contracts or emerging young players or going towards the signing of a proven Rugby League centre. 

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How does the exemption rule for the cap work again? 

If he’s cheap value in cap terms, maybe it’s not such a risk.   We can sign a very good centre and let Burrell prove himself as a back-up.

The interest it generates in the RU community may pay off, but no union fans I work with (and that’s a lot) would be interested.   Only at a discounted entry price maybe.   I’m 100% certain they enjoy league when they see it but they won’t admit it and there’s an underlying sense of perceived status that prevents them acknowledging their enjoyment of it.

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There are a good few players in Welsh RU who are younger and would give better value for money. Same must be the case in England.

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Talking of onion players coming back to league, Toronto have been linked with Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Folau, Ben Te’o and Karmichael Hunt.

League Weekly quotes David Argyle as saying they will sign “one of the top five rugby players in the world” by the end of the year.

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1 hour ago, Oliver Clothesoff said:

Replacing a 33 year-old with a 31 year-old who hasn’t played Rugby League for at least fifteen/sixteen years stinks of nothing more than a publicity stunt to try and get some interest in the club from RU fans and nothing more. 

Surely his potential wage would be better spent upgrading contracts or emerging young players or going towards the signing of a proven Rugby League centre. 

Other explanations of the article are available.

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47 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Talking of onion players coming back to league, Toronto have been linked with Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Folau, Ben Te’o and Karmichael Hunt.

League Weekly quotes David Argyle as saying they will sign “one of the top five rugby players in the world” by the end of the year.

Folau’s just signed a new contract with ARU

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1 hour ago, Man of Kent said:

Unlike Eastmond, I think Burrell would be an asset. He is massive and would cause defences plenty of headaches.

Yaha is massive as well but he causes the canteen more headaches than any defences

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4 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Probably not him then. Good.

Sonny Bill Williams would be one hell of a statement. 

He’s 33, and will be 34 in 6 months. Not sure he’d offer much in SL next year other than publicity 

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2 minutes ago, DoubleD said:

He’s 33, and will be 34 in 6 months. Not sure he’d offer much in SL next year other than publicity 

He’d shift a few tickets, aye

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