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    Quote Originally Posted by saintgeorge View Post
    I think Evalds is a great, pacy runner and he’s very safe under a high ball but he doesn’t offer the same link up play and left sided kicking game that Coote does. We would have to reshuffle our troops in that respect. Mind you, Barba’s skill was running but we didn’t win anything with him did we? Lomax might fit the bill if his body is still up to it but then we’d need a new stand off possibly? I honestly think we’ve got Welsby pencilled in there.
    Two very good but totally different players. Coote is an organiser, a great defender and the glue that holds our backline together. Evalds is a safe pair of hands with pace to burn most players off the park

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintgeorge View Post
    I think Evalds is a great, pacy runner and he痴 very safe under a high ball but he doesn稚 offer the same link up play and left sided kicking game that Coote does. We would have to reshuffle our troops in that respect. Mind you, Barba痴 skill was running but we didn稚 win anything with him did we? Lomax might fit the bill if his body is still up to it but then we壇 need a new stand off possibly? I honestly think we致e got Welsby pencilled in there.
    Left sided kicking game comes from Dodd. And by no means am I knocking Coote, I'd be more than happy to see him stay if he's still fit and wants to be here.

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    For me when coote does leave id like to see welsby given the 1 jersey, yes hes shakey under a high ball but he will get better with practice and time

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    We really need to be looking at Matty English for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Dave View Post
    We really need to be looking at Matty English for me.
    I second that, looks a good prop in an average team, could be a serious player with better players around him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomsepho View Post
    I second that, looks a good prop in an average team, could be a serious player with better players around him.
    No problem with his effort and he does not hang back. He would need to do a lot more work in the gym. I have never seen a professional player with less muscle in his legs. Always reminds me of a fat schoolboy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Dave View Post
    We really need to be looking at Matty English for me.
    Stated by me on here quite sometime ago. He looks a decent front rower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Dave View Post
    We really need to be looking at Matty English for me.
    Am I allowed to say Shane Webcke or is that a bit old now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Fridge View Post
    Am I allowed to say Shane Webcke or is that a bit old now?
    I'm trying to think of an amusing reply but I'm still 封封ed off about last night and now I see we're probably going back in to frigging lockdown. Where's that Brandy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by itswide2west View Post
    For me when coote does leave id like to see welsby given the 1 jersey, yes hes shakey under a high ball but he will get better with practice and time
    I just don't get this. Yes he's still young and was apparently excellent as a junior but it seems he was an early bloomer where his maturity helped him stand out. As what generally happens the slower maturing lads catch up later and I think that's what's happened and he's plateaued. If you want to play anywhere in a back line in a top SL side you have to have a range of basic attributes then on top a little bit of gold dust. These attributes would seem to be things like pace, confidence under the ball, speed of thought, positional sense, even more pace. Some you can improve some you're born with. I'm afraid from what I've seen he hasn't displayed many of these at all. KW does him no favours continually finding a place for him and exposing him as has been happening, he was captain on Monday I believe. It's absolute madness in any walk of life to applaud someone when truly not deserving as it can take away some of their drive to improve as they believe what they're doing is good enough. In my view he would be better reflecting on things with his supporters over the close season and coming to terms about where he's at and what he needs to work on in targeting a future position of his own. In my view based on what I've seen he's certainly no full back or centre and had a pretty awful showing on Monday in the halves. That doesn't leave too many options unfortunately without some drastic changes.


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    https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/11/05/...-all-16-clubs/
    NRL reporting Sione signed for Saints

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    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/...diate-release/

    Released from his contract to join us

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rommel View Post
    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/...diate-release/

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    Could be a top signing for us. I think he has the potential to be similar to Soliola - hopefully without the season ending injury!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    Could be a top signing for us. I think he has the potential to be similar to Soliola - hopefully without the season ending injury!

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    Will be interesting to see how he goes - he dies have a habit of spilling the ball regularly which hopefully can be sorted out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rommel View Post
    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/...diate-release/

    Released from his contract to join us

    We are really pleased to see him get an opportunity to extend his career in England and the chance to travel with his family."

    hopefully not another one coming for a holiday.
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    I think it’s a bit odd that we’re signing a big name second row after signing Thompson and the emergence of Bentley.

    I can only presume that either Bentley may not be staying or they’re going to be using Mata’utia differently.

    At 24 he looks a good signing on paper with excellent experience already. I mentioned on another thread how we signed Soliola at an early age after a few bad injuries and look how good he came. It’s refreshing to sign a young Aussie on a long term contract, who similar to Soliola got big wraps from a young age, hopefully he turns out to be a great signing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reliable sauce View Post
    I think it’s a bit odd that we’re signing a big name second row after signing Thompson and the emergence of Bentley.

    I can only presume that either Bentley may not be staying or they’re going to be using Mata’utia differently.

    At 24 he looks a good signing on paper with excellent experience already. I mentioned on another thread how we signed Soliola at an early age after a few bad injuries and look how good he came. It’s refreshing to sign a young Aussie on a long term contract, who similar to Soliola got big wraps from a young age, hopefully he turns out to be a great signing.






    It could be that Thompson is moving to the front row like David Farleigh did under Millward ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reliable sauce View Post
    I think it痴 a bit odd that we池e signing a big name second row after signing Thompson and the emergence of Bentley.

    I can only presume that either Bentley may not be staying or they池e going to be using Mata置tia differently.

    At 24 he looks a good signing on paper with excellent experience already. I mentioned on another thread how we signed Soliola at an early age after a few bad injuries and look how good he came. It痴 refreshing to sign a young Aussie on a long term contract, who similar to Soliola got big wraps from a young age, hopefully he turns out to be a great signing.
    I've said tongue in cheek that if KW could shoehorn 2 second rowers into the centres he would, this could be the first of them.


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    Maybe we are not signing him if he has been released and we were not told?

    https://www.saintsrlfc.com/2020/11/1...ione-matautia/

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    Quote Originally Posted by reliable sauce View Post
    I think it痴 a bit odd that we池e signing a big name second row after signing Thompson and the emergence of Bentley.

    I can only presume that either Bentley may not be staying or they池e going to be using Mata置tia differently.

    At 24 he looks a good signing on paper with excellent experience already. I mentioned on another thread how we signed Soliola at an early age after a few bad injuries and look how good he came. It痴 refreshing to sign a young Aussie on a long term contract, who similar to Soliola got big wraps from a young age, hopefully he turns out to be a great signing.
    Or simply the case that we池e signing 2 good players to replace Taia, Peyroux and Paulo, even though Paulo has barely played. With the likelihood that we値l have a hooker in the bench pretty much every game, having a player like Mata置ita who can cover centre and wing if necessary gives us a lot more flexibility in case of injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint from Bury View Post
    Odd one that. Can't really see why we would put this out unless we thought we had a deal lined up and it has been wobbled.

    It doesn't say anything and just reads like a bit of a dig at the Knights. Pretty pointless.

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    I wonder if any other club come in for him now that he’s a free agent .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belgian Saint View Post
    Maybe we are not signing him if he has been released and we were not told?

    https://www.saintsrlfc.com/2020/11/1...ione-matautia/
    I wonder if we are edging our bets in case Tanginoa from Wakefield is a possibility?

    Maybe a dangerous game where could end up with neither

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    Having his brother Peter at Cas should help him and his family to settle a little easier I suppose.

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