General Junior warriors player swap - Wigan and Auckland...

Should we be swapping some of our 20 year old rookies with Wigan for a big OE experience...

  • Yes we definetly should send some rookies over to Wigan...

    Votes: 19 55.9%
  • Maybe, maybe not... Depends on the individuals...

    Votes: 11 32.4%
  • No we should keep them here and develop them ourselves...

    Votes: 4 11.8%

  • Total voters
    34
We seem to have a problem of developing young players, only to see them look for overseas clubs to play at once they reach full maturity. Should we be sending them overseas, for a big OE, while they're still young, then bringing them back once they hit their straps in the adult grades?

What would it look like with Wigan sending an equal number of their rookies to us to play in the Vulcans?
 
getting some players out of their comfort zone early in their career could work wonders (think Locke), by then again for some it could be detrimental (think Likiliki)
 
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getting some players out of their comfort zone early in their career could work wonders (think Locke), by then again for some it could be detrimental (think Likiliki)
I reckon if we signed our best up for a 5 year contract that involved 2 years at Wigan that could be a good investment into our clubs future?
 
If Pita Hiku was running around over at Wigan we'd be pretty excited to be getting him back.

The problems with these boys not being able to play reserve grade over there puts a damper on things.

Kolpack national passport holders like Hurrell would have been allowed to play without buggering up Wigans Overseas players quota as I understand it.

The last consideration is that Wigan have outstanding youngsters of their own , only our very best would make it worth their while.

Famous for developing their own junior talent you would think we could learn a lot from them.


We would have to be prepared to lose the odd player for years , I'm ok with that if it means we get them back hardened off.

Some of the top players in our first grade squad would go well over there for both clubs ( the media fan interest would be well worth it for Wigan and Auckland ) the worst thing would be sending them duds like Lauaki , they have been too often burned by that type of player.

Anthony Gelling isn't even good enough to be the type of player we should send , he is good at soime things but the top two inches have been found out over there.

Pita Godinet would be a great signing for Wigan , a quality utility player for any club , not too costly and just needs a chance at first grade in the halves to finally answer the Question marks.
 
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If Pita Hiku was running around over at Wigan we'd be pretty excited to be getting him back.

The problems with these boys not being able to play reserve grade over there puts a damper on things.

Kolpack national passport holders like Hurrell would have been allowed to play without buggering up Wigans Overseas players quota as I understand it.

The last consideration is that Wigan have outstanding youngsters of their own , only our very best would make it worth their while.

Famous for developing their own junior talent you would think we could learn a lot from them.


We would have to be prepared to lose the odd player for years , I'm ok with that if it means we get them back hardened off.

Some of the top players in our first grade squad would go well over there for both clubs ( the media fan interest would be well worth it for Wigan and Auckland ) the worst thing would be sending them duds like Lauaki , they have been too often burned by that type of player.

Anthony Gelling isn't even good enough to be the type of player we should send , he is good at soime things but the top two inches have been found out over there.

Pita Godinet would be a great signing for Wigan , a quality utility player for any club , not too costly and just needs a chance at first grade in the halves to finally answer the Question marks.
The players would have to buy into it, but it probably wouldn't be all that hard to sell... 2 years playing footy in England, on a good budget with Europe right on your door step.... Then come back to a spot in the first grade side, if your up to it.... Maybe the ESL could bend the rules if there was a genuine player swap going on?
 
A two or three year stint in the ESL, with us having the first option on signing them on their return to the NRL would be sweet. Especially for some of the kids who are touted as future stars.
 
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A two or three year stint in the ESL, with us having the first option on signing them on their return to the NRL would be sweet. Especially for some of the kids who are touted as future stars.

Hardout. Imagine the experience guys like Vete for example could pick up. Playing in the mud, being surrounded by ruthless hard pommy bastards, becoming worldly and maturing fast through living overseas away from family and the bros.
 
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Hardout. Imagine the experience guys like Vete for example could pick up. Playing in the mud, being surrounded by ruthless hard pommy bastards, becoming worldly and maturing fast through living overseas away from family and the bros.
It would be an awesome OE for the juniors to compete for..... And the Wigan boys as well, playing for a spot down here, maybe getting some NRL time...
 
Selfishly thinking if I myself was in this sort of situation.
I would go gain some experience and OE it. Especially if I were 2-3 years from being in first grade reckoning.
Would have everything to gain really.
If not required to come back for first grade, have put in the hard yards and made a reputation for myself on the other side of the world, then i wont be too sad, at the end of the day I have gained something from it.[DOUBLEPOST=1380427305][/DOUBLEPOST]
Hardout. Imagine the experience guys like Vete for example could pick up. Playing in the mud, being surrounded by ruthless hard pommy bastards, becoming worldly and maturing fast through living overseas away from family and the bros.
I think Vete could get a shot next season, just a matter of when he will get an opportunity.
 
The players would have to buy into it, but it probably wouldn't be all that hard to sell... 2 years playing footy in England, on a good budget with Europe right on your door step.... Then come back to a spot in the first grade side, if your up to it.... Maybe the ESL could bend the rules if there was a genuine player swap going on?
I'd go, immediately
 
Hardout. Imagine the experience guys like Vete for example could pick up. Playing in the mud, being surrounded by ruthless hard pommy bastards, becoming worldly and maturing fast through living overseas away from family and the bros.

Playing against old heads that love putting young fullas in their place would make getting too high of opinion on yourself pretty hard to do.