Player Edward Kosi

I really don't think Kosi has been that bad, in fact I have found him quite dependable bar a couple of outlier games. He is safe under the high ball, is not quick, but not sluggish either, gives us decent metres, and is still learning after 'starting his degree in the third year.'

If he is part of a group of 4 players fighting for a wing position or providing injury cover, then it is a decent enough signing, and probably allows the money to spent in the areas where it is really required. Two starting wingers (Montoya, DWZ), an injury cover (Kosi) and an up and comer (Moala Graham-Taufa) is probably about right. In fact I'd be looking at DWZ as being a worse fit for our squad and cap.

If he is re-signing under Webster it would suggest that he is putting in the hard yards.
 
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Teams should bomb him more, Montoya is the stronger carry, orthodoxy says you bomb the strong carrier, so he cant take the 1st or 2nd run, (hence SJ sending every kick into taulagi's corner on the weekend) so Big Ed can chill out a bit.

He's definitely a specialist at scoring from 3 meters out at this stage, but they all count!
 
I really don't think Kosi has been that bad, in fact I have found him quite dependable bar a couple of outlier games. He is safe under the high ball, is not quick, but not sluggish either, gives us decent metres, and is still learning after 'starting his degree in the third year.'

If he is part of a group of 4 players fighting for a wing position or providing injury cover, then it is a decent enough signing, and probably allows the money to spent in the areas where it is really required. Two starting wingers (Montoya, DWZ), an injury cover (Kosi) and an up and comer (Moala Graham-Taufa) is probably about right. In fact I'd be looking at DWZ as being a worse fit for our squad and cap.

If he is re-signing under Webster it would suggest that he is putting in the hard yards.
I suspect he will pass DWZ by the end of next season. So agree we should see a spike in performance by Dallin.
 
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I don’t think any other team would have lined up to sign Ed. He’s neither safe or dynamic.
Just Meh.
 
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Good for him we aren't breaking the bank to re-sign him the hope/expectation is that by 2024 he should be our full time starter if it happens earlier then good but I wouldn't have him over DWZ or Montoya at this point
 
I suspect he will pass DWZ by the end of next season. So agree we should see a spike in performance by Dallin.

I'm not so sure about that, but in terms of value for money DWZ is not it. Not his fault either, he is decent enough minus the brain farts.

We are lacking speed, but I'd prefer to upgrade that further infield

There aren't many star wingers in the NRL, because beyond getting the basics rights they aren't a huge difference maker.
 
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I think he's going to be a people's champ and crowd favourite if he isn't already, he's always entertaining to watch whether it's impressive or comically bad.

Good cap management, hope big Ed keeps on his upward trajectory, he's looked pretty safe defending our line this year to me, and very good finisher diving in for tries, seen a lot worse wingers this season.
 
I've been one of the bigger Kosi critics for some time, but I don't hate it for the reason Webster said we re-signed him.

It's all about creating that culture. Blind Freddy can see Kosi isn't the fastest, most naturally gifted winger, but re-signing him says to all those more talented players in the lower grades that being more talented isn't enough anymore if you can't work hard and earn your spot.

Our outside backs aren't going to win any "looks great on paper" awards and will get exposed a few times throughout the year, but so much of what Webby seems to be doing is for the future as much as it is the present.

I'm on board with that.
 
I think with where he has come from, he has done very well, and doesn't look out of place

Yes and I think there is more improvement in him.

I don't want to make any comparisons on future talent but I do recall young Meli, Toopi and Vatuvei being very raw and we all know how that turned out.

It's a smart play by the club, even if he proves to be just depth It's a key part of buliding a squad.
 
I'll post this here too as a reference down the track.

22 matches to date:

Left Wing - 9 matches, 107m per game, 1.66 errors pg, 0.78 tries pg, 2 tackle breaks per game, 1W-8L

Right Wing - 13 matches, 125m per game, 1.4 errors pg, 0.5 tries pg, 1.5 tackle breaks pg, 8W-5L
 
I still believe that Kosi should be in NSW Cup, especially with a fit DWZ , fresh from 4 tries in reserve grade, sitting on the sideline.
That is quite unbelievable actually.
 

Underdog Ed: Why Kosi won't be deterred

Corey Rosser
Sat 22 Apr 2023, 07:31 AM


As a teenage rugby league player Ed Kosi got used to having to prove himself the hard way.

Deemed not good enough to crack the top age-grade team at his club, he even struggled to stand out in the group of second stringers at the Mangere East Hawks.

He watched on as many of his friends and teammates picked up development deals with the Warriors and other clubs, while he went unnoticed and failed to make rep teams.

"Nobody knows this, but I remember crying about not being noticed in footy, and praying to be in the position I am in now," he tells NRL.com.

I remember going home after a U-16 game when my teammates were scouted by the Warriors, and to be honest I took it personally at the time.
Ed Kosi

"My mates were picking up development contracts and going overseas for opportunities, and I thought I might be able to join them."

It would be a number of years before he finally did catch the attention of his hometown NRL club, after impressing at a U-20 open trial, and even then it was far from smooth sailing.

But as it happened all of those lessons were preparing him for a much more public test, which in the past 12 months has seen the 24-year-old overcome his leading role in the horror show that was a 70-10 loss to the Storm on Anzac Day last year, to become a first-choice player for the Warriors in 2023.

Never the star​

At times this season Kosi has had to pinch himself when he looks at the representative players he trains with every week, while the drives home each day offer him a quiet place to reflect on how far he has come.

While he's now a NRL regular on merit, Kosi still sees himself as the teenage battler, partly because it motivates him to keep doing more.

"I was a late bloomer and I was never the most outstanding player," Kosi says.

"So my mindset has always been to start at the bottom and work as hard as I could.
"There was a feeling like, 'I'm not the best, but I'll try and work my way up'.

"I always believe in myself and know I work hard. When I look at my journey to being a first-grader, it gives me confidence.

"I am pretty happy with the way I am going now and I am living the dream."

As a teenager Kosi had obvious physical gifts, with his footwork the first thing that caught the eye of local coach Travel Teau, who spotted him as a 12-year-old playing touch with his little brother for hours on end, next to the training fields at Mangere East.

He tried for months to recruit Kosi for his team and eventually got his man, who he'd end up coaching for several years in teams made up of the players not selected by the club's top side in the grade.

Teau said while at the time he was a long way off the best players in his age group, Kosi always had a strong level of self-belief.

These days he uses Kosi's story as an example for other young footy players to show what can be achieved if you stick at it.

"I love talking about Eddy and how he is in the NRL, and he's a good example for other kids from the area," Teau says.

"For me it makes me proud to see one of my players doing that,

"We all thought there was a couple of guys who would crack the NRL from his age group, but he is the only one who made it."

The resurgence​

Since that aforementioned horror game last year, in which Kosi made a handful of key errors as his opposite number Xavier Coates scored four tries, he has hardly put a foot wrong when called upon to play in the NRL side.

This year he has started every game on the wing and heading into Round 8 is the club's top try-scorer with five four-pointers to his name.

His vast improvement on the field led to a two-year contract extension earlier this year, and he's regularly received praise from coach Andrew Webster for his efforts on both sides of the ball.

Ahead of Tuesday's return to Melbourne, Kosi says he hasn't thought much about last year, and his left-edge partner Marcelo Montoya believes there is no chance "Big Kos" will take any negative baggage with him to AAMI Park.

"No demons, mate. He's long gone from that. He will go out there and play an awesome game," Montoya says.

I am very proud of 'Kos'. His confidence has gone up, his talk on the field, the way he carries the ball with intent, it's all gone up a level.
Marcelo Montoya

"He is a legend and he deserves everything he gets. Kos has a massive future in footy and at this club."


He’s got a big future with his attitude.
 
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