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Everything posted by DoubleD

  1. That’s what you get with a winning side. When the chips are down and you lose a series of games, that’s when you find out the true nature of it
  2. Mr Beaumont has a habit of making outlandish statements so you’ll forgive me if I take that with a pinch of salt. They may not even gain a place under IMGs new plans
  3. Smith seems to like his project players, as Hooley and Leon Ruan from Donny have also apparently been signed. I doubt they’ll play much first team footy next year but that will depend on injuries. I don’t think Leeds is necessarily a good place for young players to develop though, our record of bringing through players has been rather poor in recent years. Dupree was one we let slip through our net, along with Trout, although Huddersfield pushed for him as part of the Leeming transfer. Even the likes of Broadbent and Walters who I had high hopes for have not progressed as much as expected. Then there’s not so young Jack Walker who is seemingly on the outer. You guys certainly look well set up to compete next year. Mulhern and Davis should go well for you.
  4. What's the score with Roberts?..........I heard he'd been linked to Leeds but seems an odd pick up if he's not getting regular game time in the Championship. Appreciate he's young still. Do you think he's got potential for SL?
  5. I'm not sure how you deduced agreement on that. My view is that there are a core of 6-8 clubs in SL which derive the majority of the value from the Sky deal. I would purport that Cats and Toulouse attract higher viewing figures than Leigh, which is the key metric. Anyway, good luck to Leigh next year. Let's hope Derek doesn't spit his dummy out again when things don't go his way
  6. I thought you could take a bit of jibing Harry, rather than resorting to personal insults. You're better than that
  7. You have to consider both the 'ins' and 'outs' to determine the net balance of worth. Leigh put less in. Go on then, tell me how many more packages Sky sell from Leigh being in SL? And the like for like viewing figures? Of course, you could be right and IMG could be rubbing their hands with glee about the added value that Leigh will bring SL. Let's see how the vote goes.........
  8. How so? Leigh actually take more out of the pot than the demoted club, unless they also pay for every club's away travel
  9. IMG will be rubbing their hands with glee at the value that Leigh will bring SL next year!
  10. Congrats to Swindon on getting promoted for another single season sojourn in the championship
  11. Ok if you wish to be pedantic, I will happily assist - at least 6/7 players are opting not to play in the World Cup for one reason or another - Lomax, Grace, Dodd, Walmsley, Percival, Roby, and Mata'utia
  12. Knew I’d get some Saints fans biting at that
  13. No big surprises, and as good as we have available. I’d have had Handley ahead of Hall and a little surprised he hasn’t picked Hastings, which I think people have overlooked. Disappointing that the majority of the Saints contingent have opted out for one reason or another. Clearly they must think their club is bigger than their country
  14. I agree that the sum of the parts was better than the team. I remember hearing an interview with Tony Smith some years later where he revealed that there were cliques in the squad and the Leeds and Saints players didn’t gel and that club culture was to blame…………which was one of the things Steve McNamara went to lengths to rectify when he became coach and put in place performance squads, regular meet ups to foster a togetherness for England teams. Let’s hope the team is greater than the sum of the parts this time around because it looks really concerning on paper to me
  15. I disagree, I think we’re significantly weaker than 2017. I also think we’re weaker than we were in 08 when we had Lee Smith and Paul Sykes in the squad
  16. I understand the clamour for Lewis as he is an exciting half who can do things others can’t but he’s also extremely erratic and that’s at SL level. I appreciate you don’t know how players will stand up until they are in a big game but it’s a huge risk. Sneyd and Williams are safer bets. I still can’t believe that days after picking up the MOM Harry Sunderland award that Lomax has now ducked out the World Cup, what will likely be his last
  17. I can’t say I know much about him, do you? The squad shows the striking lack of talent in outside backs currently in our game sadly. That Liam Tindall gets a place………..the bloke can’t defend for toffee and predominately runs sideways. I know there’s a few missing such as Wrench and Murphy but still the well is very dry
  18. Morocco suffered from some recent governance issues. Not sure why South Africa aren’t playing
  19. Latrell had a shocker. Forgetting his lack of work effort, his positioning in defence was woeful and badly exposed by the Panthers. He’s too hit and miss for me, I still think he’s a better centre than full back
  20. Thanks for sharing. Interesting that the Cowboys have a NZ Academy!
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