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  1. Like a typical Warrington Super League campaign you mean?
  2. Surprisingly, it was as recently as rounds 7, 8 and 9 last season (Widnes, Huddersfield and, finally, Wigan). I can remember the open top bus parade as if it was yesterday. As for today's game, word on the street is that Gareth O'Brien has dropped out of the squad. Gareth took a blow to the head last week (on the field during the game, not in a gymnasium after it). With Niall Evalds also injured, there's a debut for Connor Williams in the offing.
  3. I was set to sign for Leigh, but the deal fell through when I passed the psychometric test.
  4. An eminently sensible policy Dave, and one I look forward to you adopting in all future Marwan related "discussions".
  5. Yay, in much the same way that Widnes are "the next Leicester City".
  6. Looks like Salford might be in for another points deduction. The RFL have charged them with having two extra players on the field when Wakefield were down to eleven.
  7. It's a little known fact that if Gareth really was in hot water, you could turn the heat up to boiling and he wouldn't leap out.
  8. As ever, the press conference was a bit of a scattergun affair, not helped by the Persicope live feed dropping out every minute or so. He outlined five cases, two of which they were found not guilty of, three of which he didn't mention any further (unless it was while the feed was down) and none of which appeared to be the Jake Mullaney case. However, it was the Jake Mullaney case he concentrated his wrath upon. His argument is either that the RFL didn't deregister him in time or that they allowed Salford to register Kevin Locke without telling him that it took them over the cap (it all seemed to happen during a period of, let's say "CEO difficulties"). It wasn't clear which of these cases he was presenting, because it was during one of the feed's down times. In any event, his argument is that they were only over the cap for about 8 days - the period during which they accidentally had both players registered - and not over it by the amount the RFL claimed (he's arguing that the figures supplied by the RFL are wrong, hence his claim that they are incompetent). If this is true, then 6 points seems draconian to say the least. One of the mitigating factors in para 7.12 of the salary cap regulations is if there could be said to be minimal impact on the competitive balance of the competition. Well, there was no impact on the competitive balance. Jake Mullaney had a season ending injury (hence the decision to deregister him), so it's not as if they had two players competing for a first team place. He also added into the mix the argument that the RFL knew about all of these alleged indiscretions in 2014/15, so why have they decided to do something about it now? The cap is supposed to be 'live'. Now, you could argue (and I'm sure someone on here will) that he just might have given them cause to be a bit miffed at him. If he has, and this is their response, then they're no better than he is. So, there you have it. That seems to be what it's all about. As always with Marwan, it's best to wait and see what happens. For some reason, people tend not to do that.
  9. You'll be OK. He only does 10 minute spells, and his contribution is so immeasurable, no-one has ever bothered to measure it. I think they may hand a debut to academy hooker Matty Wilkinson.
  10. There's no doubt that it was Sky that imposed the 24 hour ultimatum. The problem for me is that the RFL, it seems, had no choice but to accept that ultimatum. It all feeds in to a sense I have that the RFL is now buffeted by events rather than in control of its own destiny, and why it's right to question how good this deal really is. I mean, would you buy a car with only 24 hours notice? Of course, we have no way of knowing how things would have panned out had circumstances been different, but my sense is that we wouldn't have reached the point of a 24 hour ultimatum had Richard Lewis still been at the helm. Nigel may well be an extremely competent manager, but surely you want your CEO to be someone who heads off problems like this.
  11. No. He's been in the stands and/or down on the pitch with the rest of the squad at pretty much every game this season, sporting his very fetching purple hairdo. Salford fans are pretty excited at the prospect of finally getting to see the Flyin' Purple Meter Eater (ask your granddad). However, given that he's been out of the game for so long, I think we're getting our hopes up too high. A slight concern is over who'll play hooker Tommy Lee and Josh Wood are both injured, while Logan Tomkins has become Salford's first suspendee of the season (with the season nearly half over too. What a difference a year makes). This could mean that Phabulous Phil Joseph gets to roll back the years and play dummy half. Jeez.
  12. I'm not really spinning anything. While it's true that the new deal "seems decent", it only does so in comparison to the previous deal. We've no way of knowing whether it "seems decent" in comparison to any deal the sport could have had. Instead, it was railroaded through by the RFL and with insufficient time given to clubs to properly consider it. Being forced to sign up to an 8 year deal with only 24 hours notice seems massively unprofessional on the part of the RFL, and is why I think questions over whether the deal is a good one are legitimate. Also worth noting that the two people who complained were prepared to forego the £300,000 upfront sweetener in order to try to ensure the sport got the best deal possible. The people who quickly accepted the Sky deal seemed to have clubs so viable that they really needed that money.
  13. I suggest that what people want is to be sure that the RFL negotiated with all interested or potentially interested parties, and that the deal on offer was the best possible outcome for the sport. Reports that it was railroaded through without giving the clubs (bar one) time to consider it, and that other parties hadn't been given sufficient opportunity to express an interest don't give me confidence that this is the case. Accepting a contract because "it seems decent" is the kind of forelock tugging gratitude that is, unfortunately, the hallmark of Rugby League.
  14. You're right, of course. I owe you an apology, because I appear to have misinterpreted your comments. In response to the line "Theo resigned without having any idea where he was going or being confident of being awarded a contract?", you said "It's not the first time he's done that.". Somehow - and don't ask me how - I've managed to read that as you saying "It's not the first time he's resigned without having any idea where he was going or being confident of being awarded a contract". It's clear to me now that what you actually meant was "No, he's never done that before, although he did once leave - but not resign - from some unspecified organisation in France, and later ended up at Salford via some mechanism I have no knowledge of." I really can't see how I misread so badly, so I apologise again and will make no further comment.
  15. Strange how these links just keep disappearing. So, we have a report that says he was a 16 year old kid whose father arranged a trial for him at Salford (like I said, his father was touting him around British clubs), and you read into that that he resigned from his previous club and came to Britain without a club to go to. Right. OK.
  16. Do you have a link for this? I don't recall Leeds being involved in Theo's departure at all. However, unlike some of this thread's other attempts at making up a backstory for him, this one's a bit more believable and I'm genuinely interested to know if it's true. The role of agents in the goings on at Salford in recent years is something that's been overlooked by CSI: Marwan, as they tended to focus more on building a pantomime villain to boo. I also wouldn't want to traduce Leeds without being absolutely sure it was true. I don't think we should kick a club when it's down. It makes us no better than Brian McDermott, and I think we should hold ourselves to a higher standard than that.
  17. I did read your post, and I'm afraid I think you're just splitting hairs. In response to the line "Theo resigned without having any idea where he was going or being confident of being awarded a contract?", you said he'd done it before. If there's a difference between "resigned" and "walked out", it's lost on me. No matter. It's wrong on two counts: firstly, he didn't resign/walk out/leave a previous professional club. He was a junior player who was being touted round British clubs by his father (himself a former player) who (bit of conjecture here) didn't want him to play for Catalans. Newspaper reports from the time tell us this, and I'm sure a quick internet search will confirm it. Secondly, well, you're going to have to take my word for this because I'm not going to say too much, but he didn't resign/walk out/leave Salford without having a very clear idea where he was going. I'm not expecting a "novice" half-back to establish himself as first choice in a couple of years of playing first grade (although by that age, the apparently average Michael Dobson had managed it), I'm questioning your assertion that Sean Long got the best out of him. I would also question whether, at 21, he is still a novice. Now, there may be some truth in your argument that the club didn't give him time to develop when he was the only fit half-back in the squad, but that only applies to part of last season (albeit a large part). He'd had relatively long spells in the first team in previous years where he wasn't the only fit half-back, but the best you could say was the "he did OK". I don't think too many Salford fans were too upset when they signed the "average" Michael Dobson. I hope Theo proves a success. Really. Salford - the club that doesn't produce players - has quite a production line of half-backs: Ratchford, Sneyd, Fages, Jordan Turner too (he started as a half-back). However, my suspicion is that Theo is destined for the hooker role. He played there a few times for Salford and, I think, looked much more comfortable there.
  18. Blimey, it nearly did at the end there. That's the first time I've seen Leeds play this season, and I was surprised by how bad they were. They're a pale shadow of the team that swept all before them last year, and their performance can be neatly encapsulated in one little incident near the end when Rob Burrow took a tap on the 20, turned to look for runners only to find the entire rest of the team just standing behind him looking like a bus queue. With the Salford defence bearing down on him, he just lobbed the ball to the player standing directly behind him who then trundled forward to be tackled a couple of yards to the side of where the tap was taken. They are desperately lacking a leader, and I think that's down to the loss of Sinfield and Peacock rather than injuries. The only things they offered in attack were a decent close kicking game - which got them a fair few repeat sets, although all to no avail - and Rob Burrow's scoots from dummy half, when he was finally moved to that position in the second half. For the first time in decades of watching Salford, I'm actually disappointed and a bit concerned that, firstly, Salford didn't win by more and, secondly, Leeds managed to score. Difficult times for Leeds because on that performance, it really is difficult to see where their next win is going to come from. They could do a lot worse than giving Kevin Sinfield a call and getting him back in the squad. Seriously.
  19. Mmm, no. The "common knowledge" - as confirmed by everyone I spoke to last night, and from press reports at the time - is that he was recommended to Salford's then Director of Rugby, Steve Simms via contacts at Featherstone, one of Steve's previous clubs. There is no suggestion that he "walked out" on his previous club any more than any other player who leaves a junior club to turn professional can be said to have walked out on that junior club. Did he? How have you come to that conclusion? How many times did you actually seen him play before he joined Saints? In the five or so years he was at Salford, he never once established himself as a first choice half-back. Even as recently as last year, his lengthy run in the team due to a long term injury to Michael Dobson just served to underline how much we missed Michael Dobson. I'm happy to leave the Nostradamus stuff to others, and am prepared to accept that Sean Long might, in the future, be able to do what he couldn't do at Salford: turn Theo into a genuine quality half-back, but to suggest he brought the best out of Theo while he was at Salford is fanciful to say the least.
  20. Because that talent wasn't obviously there. Salford didn't play half-backs like Dobson, Smith and Chase ahead of him for a laugh or to wind Theo up, they played them because they were better half-backs (well, Tim Smith is a debatable one). Theo had plenty of opportunity because of injuries and brain-farts to those three, but he never really convinced that he was as good as fans of other clubs thought he was. Even now, I still wouldn't put him in a Salford team ahead of Michael Dobson. Do you have a link for this, because I'm afraid I'm tempted to call ###### on it. He "resigned" in that he decided he didn't want to play for Salford any more. He was still under contract at Salford though, so they could demand a fee for him. I'm not aware of Leeds being involved in any tapping up. I believe the tapping up - if it happened, of course, and there's no evidence that it did, I mean, like none whatsoever, obviously - was done by an anonymous club in the Merseyside area, but done via an agent who represented more than one - how can I put this? - "difficult" player at Salford. I know. It's like Jimmy Savile as a childminder, but let's wait and see how it pans out. He may yet turn Theo into the player he perhaps could be, but hasn't been thus far.
  21. Late change to the Salford 19 man squad. Tommy Lee, who was set to make an unexpected early return from injury, couldn't complete training yesterday and has had to drop out. His replacement is another injury returnee: Rob Lui. A bit of an odd one this. If Rob is fit, then surely he would have been in the original 19, His late inclusion suggests he might just be making up the numbers, although I suppose it's possible Salford were keeping him back for next week's much trickier tie at Hunslet.
  22. Reports coming in that all leave has been cancelled at the Kleenex factory.
  23. They'd be 'championshipers', not 'seconders'.
  24. I think the idea is that everyone's a winner, so, in football, for example, you don't support a team in Division 2, you support a team in "The Championship". Yayyy. If the RFL had any nous about them, they'd be harnessing this idea and using it to market the sport to the next generation of potential supporters, with the Sick League, the Peng League and the Dank League.
  25. The Ken Sio nothing-alike Robert Lui was at the game yesterday, and one of the impeccably behaved Salford fans asked him when he's likely to be back. The good news is that he's hoping to be available for next week's relegation four pointer against Leeds.
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