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[Signing] Beale confirmed for three years
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Fri 8th September, 05:58PM
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With the contract signed only today, the Vodafone Warriors have been able to confirm Kiwi and Cronulla utility Gerard Beale will join the club on a three-year deal from next season.

The 27-year-old 2016 NRL premiership winner is the club’s third new signing after back rowers Tohu Harris (Melbourne) and Leivaha Pulu (Gold Coast) were secured earlier in the year.

“While there has been a lot of discussion about Gerard coming to the club, we weren’t in a position to make an announcement until his contract had been officially signed by both parties,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“Now the formalities have been completed, we’re delighted to have him included in our 2018 squad. He was a premiership winner with Cronulla last year and brings exceptional NRL and international experience.”

Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney said Beale would be invaluable for the club.

“Gerard is professional in all he does and has a wonderful attitude,” he said.

“The way he has overcome adversity with injuries earlier in his career shows the sort of character he has. He’s going to be a great addition to our squad with his ability to play in all the positions in the outside backs.”

Heading into the 2017 finals this weekend, Beale has played 161 NRL matches and scored 44 tries in a nine-season career which has seen him used at fullback, centre and on the wing.

He was 18 when he made his NRL debut for Brisbane in 2009, his only match that year, followed by 10 more appearances in 2010. He also played 31 matches for the Broncos in the NYC from 2008-2010.

Brisbane-born Beale, who is of Maori heritage, played for the Junior Kangaroos in 2010 but switched allegiance and made the first of 10 Test appearances for the Kiwis in 2011.

After 63 matches with the Broncos from 2009-2012, Beale spent the next two seasons with St George Illawarra – the first cut short by a season-ending knee injury – before linking with the Sharks in 2015.

He has appeared 70 times for Cronulla. In his 20 matches so far this year he has been used predominantly on the wing, scoring seven tries and averaging 11 runs and 109 metres a game.

GERARD BEALE

Date of Birth: July 18, 1990
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Junior Club: Logan Brothers (Queensland)
Position: Fullback/wing/centre
Height: 1.81m
Weight: 93kg

Rep Honours: 10 Tests for Kiwis (2011-2016), Four Nations (2011, 2014, 2016)
NRL Debut: Brisbane v Manly, Suncorp Stadium, May 10, 2009 (Round 9)

NRL Career: 161 appearances (2009-2017):
Brisbane: 63 appearances (2009-2012)
St George Illawarra: 29 appearances (2013-2014)
Cronulla: 69 appearances (2015-2017)

NRL Points: 176 points (44 tries):
Brisbane: 80 (20 tries)
St George Illawarra: 40 (10 tries)
Cronulla: 14 tries (56 tries)

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With Beale's signing all but confirmed it's probably time to open up a thread starting with the obligatory highlights reel.​

This from 2016

 
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I think its a fantastic signing for both parties. Probably picked up on the cheap, on the outer at the sharks. Has experience in the NRL, something our young centres do not (Kata/Fus/Pauga). His strength is certainly his defence, and catch/pass. Two ticks for mine. Not a noted attacking player, but can put our wingers into space (something Kata can not), and can defend well. Is a current Kiwis player, has come from the premiers, and is an upgrade on a centre stocks. Great signing.
 
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With Beale's signing all but confirmed it's probably time to open up a thread starting with the obligatory highlights reel.

This from 2016

Good awareness, can pass, and also deft kicks for the winger.

But how are his dummyhalf barges close to the line?
 
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Has a short kick on him, something I haven't noticed before tbh. I think he's a handy pickup.
 
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Beale has always been a hot and cold player who has become consistently better over time.
My concern is he needs very solid players and coaching around him to succeed. He won't generate much on his own and if he gets low on confidence because of the lack decent players and coaching he could, dare I say it, go backwards... fast.
 
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Its not a bad signing, good for him that it’s a likely a starting centre job, good for us in that we need all the help we can get in that position.

Pretty funny that at 3 minutes in the clip above he has a 10m head start on an intercept, and is reeled in comfortably. Not going to make us any faster out wide.

But he's on the left in all those clips and our incumbent left center for the last 3 seasons has pretty much played himself out of a job.

Also, despite being a kiwi, Brisbane born and bred so its not a homecoming signing either.
 
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Maumalo can't be kept outside him if he is left centre. The way Beale positions his winger is very impressive, but if the winger doesn't have those instincts on when to cut or hold his line etc it really won't do any good and Maumalo doesn't have those instincts.

On the opposite side of that, if he replaced Ayshford, Fusitua would probably have a field day on that wing.
 
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Maumalo can't be kept outside him if he is left centre. The way Beale positions his winger is very impressive, but if the winger doesn't have those instincts on when to cut or hold his line etc it really won't do any good and Maumalo doesn't have those instincts.
A few instances of Maumalo being pushed into touch 10 short of the halfway line would soon cure any passing tendencies Beale might have.
 
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Maumalo can't be kept outside him if he is left centre. The way Beale positions his winger is very impressive, but if the winger doesn't have those instincts on when to cut or hold his line etc it really won't do any good and Maumalo doesn't have those instincts.

On the opposite side of that, if he replaced Ayshford, Fusitua would probably have a field day on that wing.
I'm hoping we'll get to see:
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Fusitua
3. Ayshford
4. Beale
5. Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck
 
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With Beale's signing all but confirmed it's probably time to open up a thread starting with the obligatory highlights reel.

This from 2016

Looks like he can pass better then Kata.
Did'nt see him scor ing any tries a Metre out from dumb half though.
 
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I'm hoping we'll get to see:
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Fusitua
3. Ayshford
4. Beale
5. Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck
Why do people think that Beale is taking Kata's position ? Kata is the future of the Warriors...Thats why SK would always copy and paste his name first on the team list, wake up and smell the process.
 
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Could JTS play centre? Seem to remember he is a bit bigger than his brother but not nearly as dynamic obviously.

Beale and ayshford would be pretty flaccid. Safe defensively but you want SOME line breaking potential.

Don't want to pull Fus off the right wing and no confidence in charnze defending in one spot
 
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Its not a bad signing, good for him that it’s a likely a starting centre job, good for us in that we need all the help we can get in that position.

Pretty funny that at 3 minutes in the clip above he has a 10m head start on an intercept, and is reeled in comfortably. Not going to make us any faster out wide.

But he's on the left in all those clips and our incumbent left center for the last 3 seasons has pretty much played himself out of a job.

Also, despite being a kiwi, Brisbane born and bred so its not a homecoming signing either.
A great signing, underrated in attack, very good defense, hopefully SK coaching don't take him backwards! Re speed yeah thought he was faster than that. Mind you in the two clips where he intercepts he's grabbed by Blake Fergusson in one, officially fastest man at roosters over 40 meters in 2016 and Jimmy the Jet in the other!
 
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Hes looked quicker this year.
 
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Never really been a fan of Beale but we don't have the luxury of being at all picky. He's generally a safe player. Much like Ayshford, but w/ a slightly better skill set.

Not upset with this signing at all.
 
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