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    Matt Shaw (journo) reporting that we've agreed a deal with Manly to sign 31 year old 2nd rower Joel Thompson for next season.

    Be able to read it in league express so I've no link to the article. Just seen the news on twitter.

    Anyone know much about him?
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    I don't mate but 31 years old? That pack of ours needs young blood in it, and I don't mean Sydney.

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    Peyroux, Taia and Bentley all off contract at the end of the season. This would suggest at least one is leaving.
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    Made 96, 93, 147, 114 and 99 metres this year. Big lad as well.

    Suffers from bipolar, not that that matters about his ability to play the game, he had a pop at a journalist recently for a pretty crass and offensive article about mental health.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blobbynator View Post
    Matt Shaw (journo) reporting that we've agreed a deal with Manly to sign 31 year old 2nd rower Joel Thompson for next season.

    Be able to read it in league express so I've no link to the article. Just seen the news on twitter.

    Anyone know much about him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyprus View Post
    I don't mate but 31 years old? That pack of ours needs young blood in it, and I don't mean Sydney.
    I would take quality over age any time. I'm not saying a know a lot about him,but Zeb ( and many others ) has proven that age is no real handicap.

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    Give him the 10 shirt and the club can still sell the ones they had printed for Luke. Everyones a winner


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    His wiki pic is him going off injured so sounds about our usual signing

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    Should imagine replacement for Zeb as a second rower but not prop. Seems to be a Chris Joynt style of player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itswide2west View Post
    His wiki pic is him going off injured so sounds about our usual signing
    Only missed 4 games since joining Manly in '18 and played every minute of the current NRL campaign.


    I'll reserve judgement until hes over here playing but he could be a good signing.

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    I dont know much about him but its good to see weve gone for a 100kg+ back rower. Some of the UK-based names that have been mentioned are a bit on the lightweight side. If were losing Taia and/or Dom were going to need a bit of physical presence in the back row.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos Cervezas View Post
    Made 96, 93, 147, 114 and 99 metres this year. Big lad as well.

    Suffers from bipolar, not that that matters about his ability to play the game, he had a pop at a journalist recently for a pretty crass and offensive article about mental health.
    100 metres for an 80 minute player isn't that big a number. His stats from the weekend of 99m and 22 tackles aren't exactly a high work rate.

    Players like Yeo, Lane and Matterson are doing double that in the same position.

    I can't say I'm thrilled at his signing to be honest. He doesn't seem to have the skill Taia does with the ball and isn't really a grafter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    100 metres for an 80 minute player isn't that big a number. His stats from the weekend of 99m and 22 tackles aren't exactly a high work rate.

    Players like Yeo, Lane and Matterson are doing double that in the same position.

    I can't say I'm thrilled at his signing to be honest. He doesn't seem to have the skill Taia does with the ball and isn't really a grafter.

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    It depends. If those 22 tackles hurt or dominate the ball carrier it's a decent workrate. There's a few Aussies on Twitter saying he's as good as any backrower to move to Super League and he'll be very good here. It doesn't sound like a bad signing for me, certainly at least a like for like with Taia. How do his stats match up to those Thompson is doing in the NRL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    It depends. If those 22 tackles hurt or dominate the ball carrier it's a decent workrate. There's a few Aussies on Twitter saying he's as good as any backrower to move to Super League and he'll be very good here. It doesn't sound like a bad signing for me, certainly at least a like for like with Taia. How do his stats match up to those Thompson is doing in the NRL?
    Taia averaged more metres and a similar number of tackles. I don't know if he played 80 mins though.

    Watching Thompson most weeks I feel like he has nothing like the attacking threat Zeb gives us, but will happily be wrong.

    He describes himself as a coach killer, read into that what you wish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    Taia averaged more metres and a similar number of tackles. I don't know if he played 80 mins though.

    Watching Thompson most weeks I feel like he has nothing like the attacking threat Zeb gives us, but will happily be wrong.

    He describes himself as a coach killer, read into that what you wish

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    If you want to go off stats hes averaged more run meters than Elliot Whitehead in the past 4 and a bit seasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by reliable sauce View Post
    If you want to go off stats hes averaged more run meters than Elliot Whitehead in the past 4 and a bit seasons
    I did mention other things but don't let that spoil your fun.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyprus View Post
    I don't mate but 31 years old? That pack of ours needs young blood in it, and I don't mean Sydney.
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    When did we last sign a stand out NRL forward . I was hoping Wolfe would use his Tongan contacts .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fonsboy View Post
    When did we last sign a stand out NRL forward . I was hoping Wolfe would use his Tongan contacts .
    Josh Perry - and that worked out well.

    Quite happy with this signing.

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    I did here we was after proctor. Personally he would be my pick of the second rows. We only need tamou (prop) and id like us to sign someone to cover the backs and i would be happy next year. Think we are light in the halfs and outside backs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    He describes himself as a coach killer, read into that what you wish.
    Might be just what we need......
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    Watch Joel today on sky sports catch up Manly V Brisbane or wait till Sunday Morning Manly V Raiders

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dux View Post
    I don’t know much about him but it’s good to see we’ve gone for a 100kg+ back rower. Some of the UK-based names that have been mentioned are a bit on the lightweight side. If we’re losing Taia and/or Dom we’re going to need a bit of physical presence in the back row.
    Same here. Don’t know him so will reserve judgement. if I had to guess he would be replacing Zeb. Still interested in who replaces Tommo though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 49er View Post
    Same here. Don’t know him so will reserve judgement. if I had to guess he would be replacing Zeb. Still interested in who replaces Tommo though.
    He Looks in the mould of Farleigh

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