Jungle Out There Banner
Page 6 of 6 FirstFirst ... 23456
Results 126 to 146 of 146

Thread: Luke Thompson

  1. #126
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Macclesfield
    Age
    42
    Posts
    7,280
    Rep Power
    27

    Default

    I’ll give the fella some slack and say that he inherited an almost impossible job if he has any ambition. He’s taken over a team so much better than the rest over the last two years that he only has two options. Either just tell them to carry on what they were doing, or change it completely.

    Option A means we probably finish top and give everyone a sound beating most weeks, but he‘ll know that NRL clubs will look at that as him just winning with another fellas team and taking the easy option. He’ll be eyeing a plum NRL job in 2-3 years and will want to show them that he did his own thing and changed a winning team into his own image.

    So he’s opting for Option B, which means we aren’t as good to watch and we are all scratching our heads wondering why he’s ripped up a winning formula.

    He is basically treating us as a stepping stone and will not care too much about our culture or history if he feels he can win trophies with his methods and attract an NRL job in the process. This is what happens when you continually appoint Aussie coaches. We change every 2 years and have no real stability in terms of style of play or culture.

    The club in this league that look the same year after year and bring players in to fit their style are Castleford. There is a reason for that.

  2. #127
    Got A Replica Shirt
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Location
    North West
    Posts
    79
    Rep Power
    3

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Dave View Post
    I hate to say it but you're right. We're not stupid but we're not particularly tolerant either and if he turns a Champion team into a bunch of robots then he'll soon be gone. I just hope he's used this time wisely and figured out we don't play that way. I'm not holding my breath on that though.
    I suspect he wont have, there was absolutely no indication that he was preparing to change anything, at best if it all restarts hell just start again with likely a (relatively) fit squad. Ive already lost confidence in him & now its a long way back.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  3. #128
    In The South Stand STIDDY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Kingdom of Wigoon
    Posts
    4,144
    Rep Power
    10

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Legman View Post
    I suspect he won’t have, there was absolutely no indication that he was preparing to change anything, at best if it all restarts he’ll just start again with likely a (relatively) fit squad. I’ve already lost confidence in him & now it’s a long way back.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Although it looks as though he tried to fix things which effected things that didn't need changing he had a short term excuse of Coote, Roby and Percival for the season so far, once we return and we find the same playing style scenario then something tells me he isn't a good fit for Saints. I hope he proves us wrong and he's got a great opportunity to go back 6 games and re start again.

  4. #129
    In The South Stand Tez the Saint's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    3,408
    Rep Power
    16

    Default

    I didn’t think they looked overly interested against either Huddersfield or Castleford to be fair, Woolf’s first point is call is perhaps to figure out why that was. First-half against Huddersfield we threw a lot of passes but it was all lateral and slow, no-one was really fixing any defenders or running at any pace. Everything was at jogging pace for a good hour. The Castleford game was just a hammering physically, they just wanted it more. Luckily for us they kicked dead a few times and made a few mistakes themselves which stopped it being a 40 point job. I thought it was a worrying performance.

    I think the league is a bit stronger this year as well, or perhaps teams’ first choice 17’s are. It was mentioned on here after the Challenge Cup Final defeat that we’d been caught out a bit by the standard of the league, particularly some of the non TV games at home where we’d played poorly, the games were a bit crap but we still won quite easily. Going from that to a CC Final was a big step up but I think those poorer performances might be punished a bit more this year.

    He’s definitely got some work to do. At this stage though none of it matters, I’ll just be made up to have rugby back.
    Last edited by Tez the Saint; 16th April 2020 at 19:48.
    Steve Prescott MBE (1973-2013)
    V

  5. #130
    Starting A Programme Collection
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Bury
    Posts
    799
    Rep Power
    0

  6. #131
    Learning All The Songs
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,665
    Rep Power
    0

    Default

    Traitor.

  7. #132
    Learning All The Songs Angry Dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2019
    Posts
    2,152
    Rep Power
    5

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    Traitor.
    Knobhead.

  8. #133
    In The South Stand reliable sauce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    3,059
    Rep Power
    16

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Saint from Bury View Post
    Right now one part of me is thinking let him go for a fee, we’re a long way off SL restarting, NRL season restarts this week, be good to see him rip it up.

    Other part of me is thinking when/if we do restart I want him to be on our team.

    I wouldn’t be massively disappointed if he left early, he’s going anyway. Give Ashworth a final chance to get some consistency unless he is off too. Build for next season onwards.
    Last edited by reliable sauce; 27th May 2020 at 12:28.

  9. #134
    In The South Stand OoOGazOoO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Lincs.
    Posts
    2,590
    Rep Power
    18

    Default

    Sod that - plenty of unfinished business this season, and let's be honest - our season hasn't exactly got off to a flyer, and losing Thommo earlier than planned, wouldn't exactly help turn that around.

  10. #135
    Learning All The Songs
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,665
    Rep Power
    0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Dave View Post
    Knobhead.


    Bad as Gary Connolly that lad.

  11. #136
    In The South Stand STIDDY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Kingdom of Wigoon
    Posts
    4,144
    Rep Power
    10

    Default

    Its a sign of weak ambition from the club if we let him go early, the only way we could let him go if if we get James Tamou to come over in the same manner.

  12. #137
    Learning All The Songs barry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Ashton in Makerfield
    Posts
    1,250
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by reliable sauce View Post
    Right now one part of me is thinking let him go for a fee, were a long way off SL restarting, NRL season restarts this week, be good to see him rip it up.

    Other part of me is thinking when/if we do restart I want him to be on our team.

    I wouldnt be massively disappointed if he left early, hes going anyway. Give Ashworth a final chance to get some consistency unless he is off too. Build for next season onwards.
    Fees are generally compensation for buying out players contracts. Thompson has less than 6 months left so they arent going to offer anything worthwhile. It all depends on when the contract is due up. Rouges suggested the 30th of November so he will probably go mid season if we kick off in August.

    Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk

  13. #138
    Learning All The Songs Angry Dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2019
    Posts
    2,152
    Rep Power
    5

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    Fees are generally compensation for buying out players contracts. Thompson has less than 6 months left so they arent going to offer anything worthwhile. It all depends on when the contract is due up. Rouges suggested the 30th of November so he will probably go mid season if we kick off in August.

    Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
    He goes mid season they need to make it worth our while, we shouldn't be getting our bellies tickled because they've decided they want him early.

    I want to share a jacuzzi with Mila Kunis but that's not likely either.
    Last edited by Angry Dave; 27th May 2020 at 14:48. Reason: Breakdown in English language skills

  14. #139
    In The South Stand Paul Newlove's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    3,249
    Rep Power
    17

    Default

    I don't want to see him leave early but their season is up and running, we are somewhere between 2-3 mths off starting. Paying the players at the moment can't be easy so if he went now the club would have accepted a fee and not have to pay his wages. I can understand it tbh if it happens.

  15. #140
    Learning All The Songs barry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Ashton in Makerfield
    Posts
    1,250
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Dave View Post
    He goes mid season they need to make it worth our while, we shouldn't be getting our bellies tickled because they've decided they want him early.

    I want to share a jacuzzi with Mila Kunis but that's not likely either.
    I don't think he will go, they won't offer stupid money and we will need him for the restart of the season. I think he will leave in December but it will be interesting to see where his mind is at when the season starts. He won't want to be getting hurt.

    Imagine sharing a hot tub with Mila Kunis.

    Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk

  16. #141
    In The South Stand Ralph Fridge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Around
    Posts
    3,593
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    I don't think he will go, they won't offer stupid money and we will need him for the restart of the season. I think he will leave in December but it will be interesting to see where his mind is at when the season starts. He won't want to be getting hurt.

    Imagine sharing a hot tub with Mila Kunis.

    Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
    She is outstanding
    Dave Woods: the guy who makes Eddie Hemmings look like a decent commentator

  17. #142
    Learning All The Songs RJM25R's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    Royton, Oldham
    Posts
    1,233
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Newlove View Post
    I don't want to see him leave early but their season is up and running, we are somewhere between 2-3 mths off starting. Paying the players at the moment can't be easy so if he went now the club would have accepted a fee and not have to pay his wages. I can understand it tbh if it happens.
    Let me say I DO NOT want him to go.

    Playing devils advocate here though, IF they offered 250k now (hypothetical figure) and we pay him a 150k salary (again, hypothetical) that we could get off the cap/stop paying it would be good business for the club and some financial security in the short-term. As mentioned earlier, hes going soon anyway.....

    The numbers could be nothing like that BUT its just another side to the coin.
    Posted by paulscnthorpe
    Thompson made more metres than Isa, clubb, Byrne, partington, o loughlin, Powell and flower combined

    Posted by SaintJon
    And he only played 50 minutes...

  18. #143
    Learning All The Songs
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,665
    Rep Power
    0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Fridge View Post
    She is outstanding
    Have a cold shower.

  19. #144
    Learning All The Songs
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,665
    Rep Power
    0

    Default

    On Thompson, would his contract run out at the end of October? It might be that we lose him mid season anyway. If we're going to, I'd take any money we can and use it to invest in next season.

  20. #145
    Learning All The Songs barry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Ashton in Makerfield
    Posts
    1,250
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    On Thompson, would his contract run out at the end of October? It might be that we lose him mid season anyway. If we're going to, I'd take any money we can and use it to invest in next season.
    Rouges said that contracts generally end on the 30th of November. If Canterbury are looking to get him over before hand then they aren't going to wait until the end of our season so I assume he'd go at the end of November at the latest.

    Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk

  21. #146
    Learning All The Songs Angry Dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2019
    Posts
    2,152
    Rep Power
    5

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post
    Let me say I DO NOT want him to go.

    Playing devils advocate here though, IF they offered 250k now (hypothetical figure) and we pay him a 150k salary (again, hypothetical) that we could get off the cap/stop paying it would be good business for the club and some financial security in the short-term. As mentioned earlier, he’s going soon anyway.....

    The numbers could be nothing like that BUT it’s just another side to the coin.
    If that was the case then yes, I'd go for it under the circumstances but I don't think they'll throw silly money at it. He's a brilliant player but I wouldn't say he'd make the difference in them winning the NRL or not.

    I also don't think, should he stay on, he'd do a Barba. He just doesn't strike me as that type of person.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •