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1 hour ago, GeordieSaint said:

Put your dummy back in... 😉 

The signings of Burrrell and SBW are good IMO. Hopefully Tuilagi (Toronto) and Ford (Leeds) will follow.

 

Aye, didnt Adam Pearson claim SL was gonna start raiding Union?

Would be welcome in my eyes.

Some of the loss of awareness has come from the lack of cross code transfers imo.

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1 minute ago, Bert1 said:

Need to get semi radradra back next season!

i actually think as an 'On Field' signing, he would be the best of the best.

SBW will be huge from a promotional point of view, but Radradra is a sensational player, who would come back from union as a lethal strike winger.  

A huge amount of cash for any team to use on a winger though.  For that reason, i suspect it is very unlikely.

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2 hours ago, Celt said:

i actually think as an 'On Field' signing, he would be the best of the best.

SBW will be huge from a promotional point of view, but Radradra is a sensational player, who would come back from union as a lethal strike winger.  

A huge amount of cash for any team to use on a winger though.  For that reason, i suspect it is very unlikely.

I agree, as Good Wingers are plentiful in RL and OZ RU for one is becoming reliant on RL to develop wingers. If he was a half back of similar ability the need is higher in RL. 

That being said, what salary would get Semi? 500k? He would be awesome in SL and would really give the press someone to rave about. 

I would love to see him at Les Dracs... 

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10 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Bateman was a great signing. Not as huge a name as Offiah or Jiffy ended up being, but switched codes really effectively.

As for Tuilagi, I've heard his name a lot. However, his name gets into sports reports quite often regarding injuries, so we shall have to wait and see.

There is an argument for saying George Fairbairn was the best of the lot I've seen. Which goes to show you don't have to be a big Union name.

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5 minutes ago, CanadianRugger said:

Leicester are complete this year so Manu may just jump ship.

I think they are very close to signing him.

Thing is I think we need a good strong prop forward like Philbin or someone like him...there must a Tongan or Samoan forward available?

We need a big hitter!!

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35 minutes ago, Kayakman said:

I think they are very close to signing him.

Thing is I think we need a good strong prop forward like Philbin or someone like him...there must a Tongan or Samoan forward available?

We need a big hitter!!

You can’t feed forwards without half's. Money Williams will take center stage at center. So I agree with you big names are fine but they are filling the wrong positions. Or the same position.

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12 minutes ago, Blackpool rl said:

Tuilagi is under contract with Leicester until June 2021. He won't be the same player then and will rapidly decline. This is for publicity. 

And great publicity is what we need ! SBW , Tuilagi and Radrada ; then you are talking world class that captures the imagination of Tv   Sponsors , the wider public etc etc . Creating a team of John Wilkins will create next to nothing as he stated about Ben Barba

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36 minutes ago, iangidds said:

And great publicity is what we need ! SBW , Tuilagi and Radrada ; then you are talking world class that captures the imagination of Tv   Sponsors , the wider public etc etc . Creating a team of John Wilkins will create next to nothing as he stated about Ben Barba

It all goes back to being aspirational doesnt it? Something which we have forgotten as a game as the buzz word was sustainability.

I suppose that makes sense with an accountant in charge for so long.

It feels like we have maybe gone through our period of austerity, got our house in order (in the main) and now is the time to get the swagger back. I think the introduction of marquee players a couple of years ago was a good sign, although as expected the vast majority are not true marquee players I.e. putting bums on seats.

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Im surprised Latrell Mitchells name hasn't popped up yet.

Maybe im crazy, but hear me out. He is holding out for $1M a season in Oz, thats 500,000 quid. Isn't that a quarter of what they are paying SBW?

Why would they throw huge money at Manu Tuilangi if they could possibly get Mitchell for a season or two.

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9 hours ago, Kayakman said:

I think they are very close to signing him.

Thing is I think we need a good strong prop forward like Philbin or someone like him...there must a Tongan or Samoan forward available?

We need a big hitter!!

Based on what? 

 

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5 minutes ago, gnidir said:

Im surprised Latrell Mitchells name hasn't popped up yet.

Maybe im crazy, but hear me out. He is holding out for $1M a season in Oz, thats 500,000 quid. Isn't that a quarter of what they are paying SBW?

Why would they throw huge money at Manu Tuilangi if they could possibly get Mitchell for a season or two.

At the moment I would say Toronto are looking at strengthening the squad and making headlines and building publicity/awareness in equal measure.

While Mitchell would be a better signing than Tuilagi on the field he wouldn't be as big a signing for the club overall. At least not in the short term.

(Don't get me wrong, I know which I would have)

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9 minutes ago, gnidir said:

Im surprised Latrell Mitchells name hasn't popped up yet.

Maybe im crazy, but hear me out. He is holding out for $1M a season in Oz, thats 500,000 quid. Isn't that a quarter of what they are paying SBW?

Why would they throw huge money at Manu Tuilangi if they could possibly get Mitchell for a season or two.

Because more people in wider rugby circles know who Tuilagi is than Mitchell and that's all this is about. Otherwise you don't go sign SBW, you sign Jason Taumalolo and/or Boyd Cordner. 

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4 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

At the moment I would say Toronto are looking at strengthening the squad and making headlines and building publicity/awareness in equal measure.

While Mitchell would be a better signing than Tuilagi on the field he wouldn't be as big a signing for the club overall. At least not in the short term.

(Don't get me wrong, I know which I would have)

and he'll count less to the cap allowing them to look again at someone else like mitchell.

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8 minutes ago, RP London said:

and he'll count less to the cap allowing them to look again at someone else like mitchell.

Quite, it's all about the cap for them.............

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23 minutes ago, gnidir said:

Im surprised Latrell Mitchells name hasn't popped up yet.

Maybe im crazy, but hear me out. He is holding out for $1M a season in Oz, thats 500,000 quid. Isn't that a quarter of what they are paying SBW?

Why would they throw huge money at Manu Tuilangi if they could possibly get Mitchell for a season or two.

I’d say the chances of Mitchell leaving the NRL at this stage in his career are somewhere between none and none 

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1 hour ago, gnidir said:

Im surprised Latrell Mitchells name hasn't popped up yet.

Maybe im crazy, but hear me out. He is holding out for $1M a season in Oz, thats 500,000 quid. Isn't that a quarter of what they are paying SBW?

Why would they throw huge money at Manu Tuilangi if they could possibly get Mitchell for a season or two.

You really can't hope to survive in SL with a squad of 10...

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1 hour ago, hunsletgreenandgold said:

Based on what? 

 

Based on the fact that having a good straight running powerful prop forward is a good thing!

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10 hours ago, SL17 said:

You can’t feed forwards without half's. Money Williams will take center stage at center. So I agree with you big names are fine but they are filling the wrong positions. Or the same position.

You think he will be playing at center?

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