Player Marcelo Montoya


I can't read this - But I think it says we've signed Marcelo Montoya. Decent center/winger back up, still young and hasn't delivered on potential yet. Seems like another cheap squad filler with potential upside.

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Montoya joins Vodafone Warriors on two-year deal

Richard Becht warriors.kiwi
Wed 11 Nov 2020, 10:03 AM

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Canterbury-Bankstown and Fiji Bati outside back Marcelo Montoya is joining the Vodafone Warriors on a two-year deal to the end of the 2022 NRL season.

The 24-year-old Lautoka-born Montoya is the club’s sixth acquisition for the 2021 season following the earlier signings of Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington), Kane Evans (Parramatta), Euan Aitken (St George Illawarra), Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Warringah) and Sean O’Sullivan (Brisbane).

“Marcelo is a big, fast and powerful athlete who gives great depth to our outside backs,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“He is a very good yardage player and is an accomplished try scorer proven at NRL level.

“Marcelo would be one of the most impressive players I’ve interviewed and brings a great training ethic. We have a fantastic person joining our club.”

Named the Bulldogs’ 2017 rookie of the year after scoring 12 tries in 19 games, Montoya has gone on to make 54 first-grade appearances. He was used on the wing in 2017 and 2018 but has started in the centres in all but four of his last 21 appearances.

“I’ve long been a fan of Marcelo and really look forward to coaching him,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown.

“He is keen to improve as a player and has the desire and ethic we are looking for at the Vodafone Warriors.

“Marcelo can play wing and centre equally as well and is great under the high ball.

“He will provide competition to the outside back positions in our squad and we believe we can help take his game to a new level as he gets a fresh start at our club.”

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Montoya has the distinction of being the only player of South American heritage to appear in the NRL’s 112-year history.

Of Chilean heritage on his father’s side, he began his career against his new club in the first and only NRL match played at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium, marking it with a try in the Bulldogs’ 24-12 victory over the Vodafone Warriors.

He had a prolific NYC under-20 career scoring 36 tries in 46 matches from 2014 to 2016.
After making his international debut in 2016, Montoya was in the Fiji side which stunned the Kiwis 4-2 in Wellington in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

MARCELO MONTOYA
Born: February 17, 1996
Birthplace: Lautoka, Fiji
Junior Club: Bankstown Bulls
Position: Winger/centre
Height: 189cm
Weight: 95kg
NRL Debut: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Vodafone Warriors, March 17, 2017 (Round 3)
NRL Career: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (2017-2020)
NRL Appearances: 54 appearances
NRL Points: 76 (19 tries)
Representative: 8 Tests for Fiji Bati (2016-2019)

 
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TheCool

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 18, 2013
1,233
Thanks for putting the clips up
He looks alright .
He definitely puts himself in position to score .
I don't think he will let us down if he takes the field .
Those highlights are from under 20’s and his rookie year, he’s since had multiple injuries including reconstructed PCL.

He’s slower than Ken off the mark, makes poor reads and makes poor handling errors.

I know people think this is good cheap depth, but it really isn’t. Remember we can only select from 30 players throughout the whole season. There were better players to choose in depth positions than this guy, even on minimum top 30 salary.

The signings since AFB have really been downhill, apart from Amone.
 

Off The Bench

Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 26, 2014
3,176
Those highlights are from under 20’s and his rookie year, he’s since had multiple injuries including reconstructed PCL.

He’s slower than Ken off the mark, makes poor reads and makes poor handling errors.

I know people think this is good cheap depth, but it really isn’t. Remember we can only select from 30 players throughout the whole season. There were better players to choose in depth positions than this guy, even on minimum top 30 salary.

The signings since AFB have really been downhill, apart from Amone.
36 tries out of 46 first grade appearances .
I think we will be seeing him .
 

AlexM

1st Grade Fringe
Feb 19, 2017
1,713

POS -

“Marcelo is a big, fast and powerful athlete who gives great depth to our outside backs,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.


“He is a very good yardage player and is an accomplished try scorer proven at NRL level.


“Marcelo would be one of the most impressive players I’ve interviewed and brings a great training ethic. We have a fantastic person joining our club.”


NB -
“I’ve long been a fan of Marcelo and really look forward to coaching him,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown.

“He is keen to improve as a player and has the desire and ethic we are looking for at the Vodafone Warriors.


“Marcelo can play wing and centre equally as well and is great under the high ball.


“He will provide competition to the outside back positions in our squad and we believe we can help take his game to a new level as he gets a fresh start at our club.”
 

Blain

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 18, 2012
2,195
Wellington
The guy has been smashed by injuries the last couple of seasons, I'll give him some slack before writing him off. He also played for one of the worst sides over the past 4 years. He must be nearly on minimum, if he can hold do a job as 2nd back up winger, I don't mind him on board.

Hope he is over his injuries though, another slow winger seems a bit silly.
 

Navigator

Christchurch Born n bred white bait fed.
Contributor
May 19, 2012
2,160
Brisbane Queensland Australia
Bulldog fans feel sorry for us... that’s not a good sign
Just spoke to a couple of mates that say if we had of asked the bulldogs would have paid us to take him.
They say he may score 2 tries in a game but he will let 4 in.
Also he needs to learn to catch the ball.
 

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