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I echo the Keating sentiments. There are so many players I'd rather have over him. Johnson, TLL, Friend is solid - Mara/Godinet/Tuimavave are good NSW Cup back up. I assume he wouldn't come here to play Vulcans, which means either TLL or Friend would be playing Vulcans, which is madness.
 

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From that list I'd have Wright in the centres over Henry and would find a spot for Eastwood on the bench - but I don't think we should chase them.
 
The rumour is Keating, which would be horrible for the Warriors. If they are targeting any of them, only reasonable one would be Wright since he would be cheap and good backup at centre.
 

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The rumour is Keating, which would be horrible for the Warriors. If they are targeting any of them, only reasonable one would be Wright since he would be cheap and good backup at centre.

Agree on this apart from Eastwood.
He is an extremely effective forward reserve and would definitely make my warriors 17.
He can play front row and anywhere in the back row... I would definitely want him.

Wright is not significantly better than anything we already have on our books.
 
Yeah if we sign Keating, it would really be arse about face, based on what Bluey said early in the year about "Only buying in players who will add significant value", or something to that effect.

I wouldnt want Wright, if Hurrell, Neilson and Ropati are all fit, he wouldnt add anything at all.
 
No basis, but I get the impression Leuluai seems to be coming in as cover only. It seems like he wants to come home and has taken a cheap deal to get here. He will be used as injury cover in the halves/hooker, and will play Vulcans mostly. Something similar to what Stacey was meant to do in 2009.

Again, no basis, just the way I see it from the comments made publically about our options. And a good thing if it happens, as I don't rate Leuluai as our best option at 6.
 
warriors 2013 i moved your post into this thread.

When did you hear this? this rumour has been going around on/off for the past couple of years.

Yes mate, i am well aware that this rumour has been circulating for a while, but my source is credible and i do believe it will be announced in the coming months, he is off contract with the NZRU and out of favour with All Black's coaches. I think it looks likely considering the warriors have salary cap room and a need for another quality centre/wing.
 
No basis, but I get the impression Leuluai seems to be coming in as cover only. It seems like he wants to come home and has taken a cheap deal to get here. He will be used as injury cover in the halves/hooker, and will play Vulcans mostly. Something similar to what Stacey was meant to do in 2009.

Again, no basis, just the way I see it from the comments made publically about our options. And a good thing if it happens, as I don't rate Leuluai as our best option at 6.

Are you serious? TL is a better 9 than Nathen Friend and he'll slip into 6 no sweat. Have some faith Nig.
 
No basis, but I get the impression Leuluai seems to be coming in as cover only. It seems like he wants to come home and has taken a cheap deal to get here. He will be used as injury cover in the halves/hooker, and will play Vulcans mostly. Something similar to what Stacey was meant to do in 2009.

Again, no basis, just the way I see it from the comments made publically about our options. And a good thing if it happens, as I don't rate Leuluai as our best option at 6.
Shaun Johnson probably will move into 6.. could play Godinet at half back and Leuluai 9
 
Shaun Johnson probably will move into 6.. could play Godinet at half back and Leuluai 9
Godinet specialises in half back. He can cover 1, 6, 9. I'd still rather see Friend play hooker than TL. My personal preference would be Godinet in the halves, but I suspect they are on the lookout for someone better/different. I have never considered Leuluai that exceptional.
 
Why is everyone so high on TLL?

I haven't seen much of Keating or TLL. Are they both utility 6/9 types? Can they Kick/Run/Pass? Weaknesses?

When it was announced that Maloney was leaving, I thought having TLL as backup and buying an aussie (Or blooding Carlos) was the plan all along.
 
Thomas is enjoying a mini Revival because Maloney and Johnson suck on D.

The hope is Thomas will tackle and do the basics well and Johnson will do the rest. I don't like that plan if Johnson ends up carrying the team and we get amother Stacey Syndrome on attack.

If TLL comes back the Man , for mine that will be because he opens up the other half of the field on attack and his kicking game is Boss.

Tackling and being reliable should be pre requisites and i recon Johnson has to do a bit of work there next year no matter who partners him.
 

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From my very limited experience of TLL in the halves he seems like a tidy organiser, great defender, with a strong kicking game. I don't think we need another superstar half - I'd be happy if that became a reality.
 
Why is everyone so high on TLL?

I haven't seen much of Keating or TLL. Are they both utility 6/9 types? Can they Kick/Run/Pass? Weaknesses?

When it was announced that Maloney was leaving, I thought having TLL as backup and buying an aussie (Or blooding Carlos) was the plan all along.

He's playing for a very good Wigan side. Yes ESL isn't as good as NRL but the best players in ESL are still very good NRL players. He has never been bad when playing for the Kiwis and I welcome him back. As someone else has said, he only needs to be a good steady player to right the ship and let Shaun Johnson do the fancy stuff.
 
From my very limited experience of TLL in the halves he seems like a tidy organiser, great defender, with a strong kicking game. I don't think we need another superstar half - I'd be happy if that became a reality.

I haven't seen much of Tom Learoyd-lahrs in the halves, but I'll take your word for it.
 
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With the salary cap people are kidding themselves if they think we're going to get a superstar to partner Johnson. Well you could, but you better be prepared to have a shit forward pack to afford them. Its a luxury teams cant afford (well the ones that play by the rules anyway) in this day and age.
Not really fans of them but if Keating and TL can be solid at best, then that'll complement Shaun Johnson quite nicely. Godinet/Johnson together? No thanks.