General Warriors chasing Finch and Smith

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The Warriors have trained their sights on Brett Finch and Tim Smith in the search for an experienced halfback for 2010.

Stacey Jones remains an option and is being seriously considered but the club have signalled they want an experienced halfback and Finch and Smith have been added to their shortlist.

The Warriors have a number of young halves coming through the ranks, including Shaun Johnson and Isaac John as well as Aaron Heremaia.

But there are doubts over their readiness and it's expected one of Jones, Finch or Smith will be pulling the strings at Mt Smart Stadium next season.

Finch joined Melbourne on a one-year contract earlier this season after the Eels surprisingly released him, despite having three years left to run on a deal reportedly worth $1 million.

The Storm announced recently he wouldn't be re-signed and the 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the UK Super League.

He's had a chequered history. He was also released from the Roosters early so he could move to the Eels but he has played two State of Origin games for NSW in 2004 and 2006 and he has also amassed 220 NRL games.

Smith has had an even more diverse background.

The 24-year-old was touted as a future star and the most naturally gifted half in the competition when he won the 2005 Dally M Rookie of the Year award.

But later that year allegations surfaced of him being involved in a scuffle and in 2007 Smith was suspended by the Eels after another drunken incident. He booked himself into a rehabilitation centre and early in 2008 announced he suffered from bipolar disorder and that he was taking a break from the game.

He joined Wigan midway through 2008 but is said to be keen on a return to the NRL, which piqued the interest of many clubs including the Warriors.

Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah declined to talk about who was on their wishlist but did say: "We still have an open mind about Stacey Jones but his wish was to focus on his football and we haven't entered into talks. But at the same time we are considering other experienced players in the NRL."

Meanwhile, a proposed player swap involving hooker Nathan Fien and Dragons centre Chase Stanley is looking increasingly unlikely.

The Warriors have been caught short at centre with the season-ending knee injury to Brent Tate and disappearance of Sonny Fai.

Fien is out of favour, having been dropped to play for the Auckland Vulcans, and he is due to join Wayne Bennett at the Dragons on a three-year deal next season.
 

warriors4life_old

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I think Smith could be good for our club and away from the Sydney media, not so sure about Finch though.

Unless they just decide to keep Stace on anyway.
 

LordGnome_old

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We are still under our salary cap, though, so we should expect some signing for next year (reagrdless of whether or not they decide to re-sign Stacey.)
 

Jesbass_old

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I'd aim for Smith. He has a mental illness, which can be curbed, and that, along with our club culture, should take care of any off field nasties.
 

albeano45_old

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Smith is definately the go. When Finch isnt on form, he is terrible.. and that consistency seems to be an issue with him in the past too.

We need a game-breaker who can create something out of nothing and that, for me, is Tim Smith. Smith and Moon in the halves for next year has a very balanced look about it.
 

LordGnome_old

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All we need to do is keep Smith on medication during the week and then let him go mental during the game!
 

LordGnome_old

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Yeah, lets have a team of nutters (maybe we could be sponsored by a pharmasuitical company?)
 

Spence_old

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I'd go with Tim Smith. Great short kicking game, and hopefully by next season Moon has sorted out his long kicking game.

Also, he has the required amount of tattoos to be a Warrior ;)
 

LordGnome_old

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Yeah, take him off the medication before the game and he can do a run-around on his own!
 

Iafeta_old

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I'd go for Tim Smith, seriously accurate kicking game. His only downside on field is he does need to engage the defence a bit more with a running game. Dobson though as above would be a great option. I'm just not a big fan of Brett Finch.
 

Spence_old

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I'd go for Tim Smith, seriously accurate kicking game. His only downside on field is he does need to engage the defence a bit more with a running game. Dobson though as above would be a great option. I'm just not a big fan of Brett Finch.

I agree, if our club went for Finch, to me that is them saying - "Let's just sacrifice these next few seasons until our juniors are ready".
 

playdaball_old

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I actually like Finch.

The move to NZ could also be good for him. Since he has been out of Sydney playing at the Storm he seems to be doing well both on and off the field.

He shows good leadership skills and has a good kicking game. He can play at either 6 or 7 which gives flexibility if:

- Moon does not cut the mustard at 6
- If one of the halves develops to 1st grade level over the next 12-24 months

It wasn't that long ago that he was being given the thumbs up after his SOO performances.
 

Kid-Dynamite_old

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Finch is a good organiser, talks a lot on the field!

Maybe that's something we need as well. I can't really say much for Smith. Haven't seem him play now for 2-3 years!
 

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