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Tony F

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  1. Same old story. Lingard's shown enough so far to indicate that he'd be a success if given the backing he needs. Although effort and heart can make you competitive against a good side for 40-60 minutes, it's not enough to win games.
  2. Suppose we can't complain. Horn, Flynn and Bowring will have blown the budget. On a serious note, was no-one remotely alarmed by us signing the three above players; all of whom were released by Championship 1 clubs at the end of last season? Really struggling to understand the logic of our recruitment policy. I really feel that Lingard could be reasonably successful if fully backed.
  3. Not sure what, aside from numbers, either of these lads will add to a squad which needs to be competitive at Championship level. Echoes of Danny Sowerby.
  4. Well at least the supporters know where they stand in the pecking order now.
  5. Reminds me of when Highfield used to turn up for games with their players all wearing mismatched shorts and socks. I realise that many will dismiss a photo shoot as being unimportant, but what's the club's explanation as to why one of our players is pictured at a season launch wearing a training top (in away colours) and England shorts and socks?
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    Signing

    The teams which reached both finals were packed with quality. No-one expects us to be continually paying out big bucks for ex-Super League stars, but adding players to the squad who wouldn't stand out in Championship 1 is an utterly pointless venture.
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    Signing

    Lunt aside, our recruitment is utterly appalling.
  8. Sounds to me like he doesn't have any real role whatsoever, then. I'll wager that the vast majority of coaches have a more experienced pal to whom they occasionally turn for advice. Looks like the whole Harrison thing was just a smokescreen.
  9. I'd like some clarification as to what role Karl is currently fulfilling at the club. His name has barely been mentioned in recent months; only reinforcing conspiracy theories that he was announced alongside Lingard in order to soften the blow of us having recruited another inexperienced coach.
  10. Seriously? Martin is absolutely gash.
  11. We desperately need two centres and a quality half back. We're very much lacking in both departments.
  12. Yates is a game lad and has some ability, that's not in question. However, a first choice player he isn't. If we start the season with him at 7, I'll be extremely surprised and a little disappointed. We know very little about Ben White; a player who couldn't make the Halifax first team last year and ended up at relegated Barrow. We need experience and creative ability at half-back.
  13. That's a terrific signing for a club punching above its weight. Credit where credit's due.
  14. Dom is off the pace at this level now, but actually we don't have anyone to replace him; certainly not Yates, who isn't an organiser and hasn't got a great kicking game by any stretch of the imagination. I can only assume that we have deal for a proven, experienced, Championship-quality scrum-half lined up.
  15. Please feel free to point out where I've said that the club shouldn't have signed them; and should have predicted what has happened. Just seems to me that certain people on the forum feel compelled to defend the club at every opportunity, even when there's no need to. What I have pointed out is that Downs and Dean leaving the club seriously weakens our squad; which was already looking particularly thin in terms of quality.
  16. What's he trying to achieve? I think it's fairly obvious that he's expressing concern that two players (one of whom is our team workhorse) have left the club without a ball being passed in anger. Regardless of what they've left to do, it's a fact that they've gone; which leaves an already poor squad even looking even poorer. Lingard is quoted as saying in today's Press that "there's nothing close" in terms of strengthening in key areas. Still, we might as well pretend that everything is rosy in the garden. On a positive note, at least it's reassuring to know that the door is still open for Bravo.......
  17. Disaster really does loom this season. Our squad was weak enough to begin with. I heard on the grapevine that we were in talks with Ben Kaye, who would undoubtedly have improved us. However, he's apparently turned us down and is now likely to move to a club in Championship 1.
  18. We're in enormous trouble next season if we don't add some genuine attacking quality to our squad. Our 'points for' column was dire last season, and we've lost our top scorer; who was actually pretty mediocre. Where are the tries going to come from in 2020? Worrying stuff.
  19. Really pleasing to read in The Press that Danny Bravo has been retained. I was worried that he might be snared by one of our rivals.
  20. Well, he's probably spot on. Our recruitment thus far has been poor. Our attack last season was terrible, and we've lost our top try/points scorer.
  21. If I'm being fair, Thornton himself knew he was out of his depth. He offered his resignation on various occasions (before being persuaded to stay) prior to finally leaving in 2009.
  22. Careful Rob, you might upset some of the SNOWFLAKES amongst us.
  23. None of them. Hanging on to Dane Manning is quite pleasing.
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