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  1. He played well but on the other hand he had plenty of time last night, in that he wasn't put under pressure and was able to show his ability. He was very deliberate in his kicking which actually meant he was somewhat slow in executing the kicks so I wonder how against a more pressing team he would of executed his kicks/passing. Never-the-less he has only just turned 19, played well and is slowly developing and hopefully the club continue to slowly develop him within a winning team next year...
  2. and some of us still are if we include the corresponding change to metric as part of that process .. e.g. I still can not get to grips with buying petrol with litres, still buy in pounds rather than kilograms, get confused when the Doctor/Nurse discusses my weight in Kilograms and we both get confused in trying to convert to what I understand... and when I'm converting a cookery recipe - is it 450g per pound or 500g and may be why I just can't cook the sunday joint right.... and yeah, i still think you should be able to contest/kick the ball at a PTB....
  3. Your right that Austin made a logical choice in that from my understanding he wanted at least a 2 year deal and wanted his contract position sorted sooner than Leeds seemed to want to sort and considering his family needs for some sort of certainty as to going back to Australia or not. I am not as sure that any logic would suggest that airing his views on Sky/in public would have helped his cause assuming he preferred to stay at Leeds. I am not as certain as you that Leeds had been better with Austin except for a very few games if we look across the whole season he was playing. Accepting the fact that Leeds recent performances have been particular poor and they lack options for half back through more recent injuries. Austin period in SL has always seemed to me to be a player that one could describe as "flatters to deceive" and despite the occasional good performance which is often not more than a big booming high kick with no end result with regard to consistency. I would have been surprised that Leeds would want to give him a 2 year contract and hence the situation materialised as it did and he took the right option for himself and family. Anyway apart from Austin situation one can not disagree that Leeds recruitment and retention over recent years has been poor. In particular signing of experienced higher level players needed to complement and carry the developing youngsters.
  4. The attributes that many would quote from watching a SL game, especially after what are a relatively few nail biting games, are equally applicable to most team sports, whether that be soccer, netball, ice hockey, hockey, etc etc. So lets take away the end-to-end play, intensity, closeness of scores that either side could have won, last minute drama, etc etc as that happens in most team sports. Now tell me what is so it that makes the sport the greatest sport... It certainly isn't simplicity and hence ease of understanding to the new watching public...
  5. yes, I believe so, it is a maximum total no matter how many... not a great amount given the resource to develop players.
  6. don't disagree.... I think both the overly optimistic view of the home grown talent together with what should be the top player recruitment to complement that has been poor. As I said the mismanagement of the salary cap.
  7. I get your point but I do think the salary cap, say we say mismanagement, meant little monies for bringing in top talent. Key now that salary cap appears to be in a better position that significant improvements in personal are made to the squad. I guess you would relieve Smith of his duties today, I'm of the opinion I would give him the pre-season and first six game of next season. Hopefully he has learned his approach to pre-season was a mistake and a key part of where we are now. Having said that if their is a high calibre coach available today I may be persuaded.
  8. Not sure I agree with your comment on the current squad. That is the squad currently available to play (taking account of non availability of players). I think back to the highly successful Leeds team and note what would be considered the work horses of the team, likes of Delaney, Ablett, JJB, etc . All of those "work horses "are better in quality of the best players available to play squad in my opinion.. Anyway thats my gauge the Delaneys/Abletts, the overlooked solid performers of not so long ago . Other top six squads have significantly improved this year, whilst Leeds have at best stood still. That's the squad Smith has inherited... This includes an overly optimistic assessment by the club of the capabilities of the younger members that have recently come through to be part of the team/squad - its a reoccurring theme that Leeds have a great set of youngsters coming through over the last 10 years. I agree that Leeds should always be in a much better position but the resources are capped for players, although those resources mean better facilities and coaching staffing levels. I never understand why Leeds isn't also a coach development hot bed, that is a recruitment and production of coaches that regularly move into top teams given the resources the club have.
  9. Maybe, if you take just the mens first team the last few years. If you take the overall running of the business then one could suggest he has done a reasonable job in the last few years. The stadium has been rebuilt and is seen as one of the best RL stadium, the commercial and sponsorship side is 2nd to none and it is the primary revenue source and far beyond any other RL club and holds comparison to any other sports, the club have expanded the number of teams - Womens RL, wheelchair, PDRL, LDSL and Netball teams, the facilities proffered to the clubs teams are comparable to any RL club and better than most, the clubs foundation compares with any RL club and arguable the best of the RL lot, the networking with the council and universities are excellent, not forgetting the conferencing and hotel side of the business etc etc. The CEO has and is key to those aspects. Never-the-less the first team is the primary sports team and this has suffered from poor recruitment over the last 6 to 7 years has not been at the level one would expect for Leeds. That poor player recruitment one would suggest is impacted by selecting the wrong head coaches since McDermott. Maybe looking in from the outside one may suggest the board needs fresh blood to ensure the focus and accountability is stronger.
  10. I think your comments are accurate/correct. Never-the-less I am concerned that some of the players, namely in the forwards, look shadows of themselves. Leeds couldn't cope with Catalans physicality and the likes of Holroyd & Olenzki as examples seem to me not only performing poorly but physical seem literally shadows of the physicality they once had. They seem in comparison to Catalan lack the strength and power to provide any sort of arm wrestle or defence against Catalans forwards. In fact Catalans wingers looked to be more physical capable when you compare their body shapes. The other prop Sam Lisone seems to have gone the other way carrying too much excess. So I guess I'm questioning the new conditioning team that was been brought in and part of Rohans overhaul.
  11. I think that was what was reported in one game. Mind you I have observed Newman having a go at other players on the pitch when someone has made an error or not been were Newman thinks he should have been when a pass from him goes astray - Handley & Sezer as just an example in the Huddersfield game.... plus most games. I get the sense he wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea as a team mate.... seems quick to point a finger at someone else and a bit of a gobby bully type.
  12. you may be correct, but how do you know that hasn't and not continues to be done. I would have thought Martin as an international captain was somebody that may do that, as well as others. Plus the club still have JP and JJB around the club whom could and may well be doing what you say. He may just be someone that listens to himself and others outside of the club... it does happen and I guess we could name a few.
  13. yes, Gannon was far from any reason for the actual game yesterday. I think I gave a long winded view to where the game went away from Leeds to a big defeat in earlier comments in the thread. As I alluded to Pert was certainly getting bad reviews from some/many Wigan supporters comments, yet now I don't think any of them would put their hands up to their previous observations on him. We are a frickle lot at times, lacking any patience.
  14. Without being inside the club its hard to answer. Personally observing from outside I get the sense that the whole setup of the club is stale. More or less the same board, senior management/administration of the club seems in aspic to me and new blood has been needed to refresh the whole fabric.
  15. Hard to disagree with anything of your comments. Your last paragraph shouldn't be forgotten too easily as the team did well and played very well to get to the grand final and maybe if Sezzer had played, whom was playing very well at the time, they may have had a closer game. Never-the-less did OK in that final. As such I would give him another season rather than start again. I think he needs to look at his supporting cast of coaches and maybe bring additional support/replace which is a key aspect of being head coach. My strongest criticism of him would align with your pre-season comments which seemed to be around getting versatility into the team. It back fired in starting the season poorly, resulting in loss of confidence and subsequently have too much to do to get into play-offs which meant having more mental pressure with must win games. That early season start made it so difficult with other teams having improved from previous seasons. I would hope he has learned but the previous season and turning the team around to produce excellent performances to the play-offs earns him sufficient time of next season for me. Not to forget the complete demolition of Wigan in the play-off last season which led to many disgruntled Wigan supporters suggesting Peet was not up to the job. In other words we as fans often haven't a clue and like to thrash-out without much thought at times. I think you have hit the spot in your comments.
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