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    FWIW 12 month deal for Lafai would be fine for me I suspect he would be on top form playing for another deal.He can cause mayhem on form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Don View Post
    FWIW 12 month deal for Lafai would be fine for me I suspect he would be on top form playing for another deal.He can cause mayhem on form.
    He's signed up at Salford until the end of 2025 so I doubt he'd come here for less than a 2 year deal.
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    As I posted a few pages back, I definitely saw him in Starbucks near the crem. Could be coincidence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by doghead View Post
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    We've also checked on the availability of Kevin Naiqama. No idea how far that went or has gone but told that was a recent enquiry.


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    Quote Originally Posted by theres only one stan wall View Post
    We've also checked on the availability of Kevin Naiqama. No idea how far that went or has gone but told that was a recent enquiry.
    that would be bizarre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theres only one stan wall View Post
    We've also checked on the availability of Kevin Naiqama. No idea how far that went or has gone but told that was a recent enquiry.
    I'd take Kev back over Lafai any day despite him now being 34. He was one of the few who performed well for Huddersfield last year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albion View Post
    With Salford in more trouble, can we not look to get Tim Lafai. That would solve a lot of issues for us and I feel like he will compliment Ritson too giving him more space.
    My post from 10 November

    I have no inside knowledge, but I just feel that Lafai fits the bill for us and was attainable. Strong centre with good hands and feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty2hotty View Post
    I wonder if there open to offers on Lafai. Blew hot and cold this season but had a great 2022.
    My post from 10th Oct

    I do agree though. As short term options go I think he could do a good job for us

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albion View Post
    My post from 10 November

    I have no inside knowledge, but I just feel that Lafai fits the bill for us and was attainable. Strong centre with good hands and feet.
    He is a centre not the messiah. Asking him to give Ritson enough room to look good is being unrealistic about what Lafai or anyone else can do.
    I could agree with you but then we would both be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Cleal View Post
    He is a centre not the messiah. Asking him to give Ritson enough room to look good is being unrealistic about what Lafai or anyone else can do.
    So you are not keen on Lafai or Ritson for that matter. I think they both look better than just ok but Lafai is 32

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasty View Post
    So you are not keen on Lafai or Ritson for that matter. I think they both look better than just ok but Lafai is 32
    You have to ask what Saints are actually trying to achieve by making this signing. We have two decent quality centres. Hurrell is a bit fat and Percival has had a few injuries over the last few seasons but if the club looks after them both they should both be good players next year.

    The first issue is what will happen if/when we get an injury or suspension. Hopoate, when fit provided some good cover from 1 to 5 or 6. His replacement should really be able to do the same which is why we have been talking about big athletic fast players that could do that. Lafai is 100% a centre so that isn't him. I also don't really think Lafai is better than either Percy or Hurrell so Lafai is either in the stands when both are fit or you have to stick Percy on the wing which isn't ideal.

    The second issue is the age of the squad. I can understand why have 4,5,6 players well into their 30s is cause for concern. Sure we have just about cover in 2024 but if Lomax/Makinson/Hurrell all give up at the end of the year we suddenly have a big restructure on our hands. This is ignoring the possibility of players going to the NRL. So the player we get in needs to have at least 3 or 4 years left in him. Again not Lafai.
    I could agree with you but then we would both be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Cleal View Post
    You have to ask what Saints are actually trying to achieve by making this signing. We have two decent quality centres. Hurrell is a bit fat and Percival has had a few injuries over the last few seasons but if the club looks after them both they should both be good players next year.

    The first issue is what will happen if/when we get an injury or suspension. Hopoate, when fit provided some good cover from 1 to 5 or 6. His replacement should really be able to do the same which is why we have been talking about big athletic fast players that could do that. Lafai is 100% a centre so that isn't him. I also don't really think Lafai is better than either Percy or Hurrell so Lafai is either in the stands when both are fit or you have to stick Percy on the wing which isn't ideal.

    The second issue is the age of the squad. I can understand why have 4,5,6 players well into their 30s is cause for concern. Sure we have just about cover in 2024 but if Lomax/Makinson/Hurrell all give up at the end of the year we suddenly have a big restructure on our hands. This is ignoring the possibility of players going to the NRL. So the player we get in needs to have at least 3 or 4 years left in him. Again not Lafai.
    I agree. I don’t think Lafai is a bad player but I’d much rather sign someone who’s primarily a winger but can cover at centre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Cleal View Post
    You have to ask what Saints are actually trying to achieve by making this signing. We have two decent quality centres. Hurrell is a bit fat and Percival has had a few injuries over the last few seasons but if the club looks after them both they should both be good players next year.

    The first issue is what will happen if/when we get an injury or suspension. Hopoate, when fit provided some good cover from 1 to 5 or 6. His replacement should really be able to do the same which is why we have been talking about big athletic fast players that could do that. Lafai is 100% a centre so that isn't him. I also don't really think Lafai is better than either Percy or Hurrell so Lafai is either in the stands when both are fit or you have to stick Percy on the wing which isn't ideal.

    The second issue is the age of the squad. I can understand why have 4,5,6 players well into their 30s is cause for concern. Sure we have just about cover in 2024 but if Lomax/Makinson/Hurrell all give up at the end of the year we suddenly have a big restructure on our hands. This is ignoring the possibility of players going to the NRL. So the player we get in needs to have at least 3 or 4 years left in him. Again not Lafai.
    Ok thank you. My post was a statement not a question. I wasn't asking a question, but I do agree with you, but not with the tone of you last two posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasty View Post
    Ok thank you. My post was a statement not a question. I wasn't asking a question, but I do agree with you, but not with the tone of you last two posts.
    I was just looking to expand upon my point. The second one was supposed to be more to the point than snappy. I do get sometimes that's how it comes across. The first one, I probably was a bit peeved with the what can we do for Ritson narrative. He is a decent enough player but the club doesn't have to go out of their way to allow they guy to succeed. Grace on his debut had a better game than any of Ritsons games. He just made himself available and made things happen. There was no miracle pass or amazing centre work to make him look better than he was. Then some posters on here still slagged off Grace.

    Sorry Ritson is one of my trigger words on here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Cleal View Post
    I was just looking to expand upon my point. The second one was supposed to be more to the point than snappy. I do get sometimes I know that's how it comes across. The first one, I probably was a bit peeved with the what can we do for Ritson narrative. He is a decent enough player but the club doesn't have to go out of their way to allow they guy to succeed. Grace on his debut had a better game than any of Ritsons games. He just made himself available and made things happen. There was no miracle pass or amazing centre work to make him look better than he was. Then some posters on here still slagged off Grace.

    Sorry Ritson is one of my trigger words on here.
    Fair enough, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Cleal View Post
    He is a centre not the messiah. Asking him to give Ritson enough room to look good is being unrealistic about what Lafai or anyone else can do.
    He looked good in 2022 season, he gave us a hard game over there. But without being too detrimental to Salford a player can look good there, the bar isn't very high.

    Jackson Hastings looked brilliant there but he looked ordinary at Wigan.

    Leeds may find the same with the couple of players they have signed from there.

    Personally I would like us to sign an out and out winger but in the modern game with salary cap constraints, injuries and suspensions versatility is important.

    The way the game is going apart from maybe half backs and props every one else needs to be interchangeable

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    Quote Originally Posted by theres only one stan wall View Post
    We've also checked on the availability of Kevin Naiqama. No idea how far that went or has gone but told that was a recent enquiry.
    Kevin is great centre and always keeps himself fit, but are we trying to set a record for the oldest threequarter line in the league

    Maybe we should give Paul Newlove or Kevin Iro a call see if they're free on thursday or friday evenings

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    So will 2024 be like 2009 when we went with Lee Gilmour at centre instead of signing a specialist one? I have a feeling we will see Matt Whitley play in the centres next year if we don’t sign one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Cleal View Post
    You have to ask what Saints are actually trying to achieve by making this signing. We have two decent quality centres. Hurrell is a bit fat and Percival has had a few injuries over the last few seasons but if the club looks after them both they should both be good players next year.

    The first issue is what will happen if/when we get an injury or suspension. Hopoate, when fit provided some good cover from 1 to 5 or 6. His replacement should really be able to do the same which is why we have been talking about big athletic fast players that could do that. Lafai is 100% a centre so that isn't him. I also don't really think Lafai is better than either Percy or Hurrell so Lafai is either in the stands when both are fit or you have to stick Percy on the wing which isn't ideal.

    The second issue is the age of the squad. I can understand why have 4,5,6 players well into their 30s is cause for concern. Sure we have just about cover in 2024 but if Lomax/Makinson/Hurrell all give up at the end of the year we suddenly have a big restructure on our hands. This is ignoring the possibility of players going to the NRL. So the player we get in needs to have at least 3 or 4 years left in him. Again not Lafai.
    I agree that we have two decent centres when both are fully fit. Just wondering what you expect the club to do differently next season terms of looking after them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belgian Saint View Post
    I agree that we have two decent centres when both are fully fit. Just wondering what you expect the club to do differently next season terms of looking after them?
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    Salford will be announcing Hankinson tomorrow. Remains to be seen if that’ll have a knock on effect with anyone leaving Salford…
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Yellow Giraffe View Post
    Salford will be announcing Hankinson tomorrow. Remains to be seen if that’ll have a knock on effect with anyone leaving Salford…
    Another bargain bin signing to balance the books and move on a higher earner. Reminiscent of the great bradford team Pryce Peacock Fielden Deacon Hape etc slowly replaced with rikki sherrife St Hilaire Karl Pratt and Wayne Godwin. Or worse I hope this doesn't turn into another Toronto situation. Play a few games then have to pull out of the competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dux View Post
    I agree. I don’t think Lafai is a bad player but I’d much rather sign someone who’s primarily a winger but can cover at centre.
    That is why I get Waqa Blake as a signing. Big athletic back that can cover all the backline.

    Olam I get too as he is a strike player that would be one of the first on the team sheet. You can justify our two current centres being moved to accommodate him.

    On the subject it looks even more like the Swap deal to take Olam to Wests is off as the other player, Blore, in the deal has signed for Melbourne anyway.

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl...3aa1m3CFIxNLmY

    Added to this Wests seem focussed on Founa Blake and Lui.
    I could agree with you but then we would both be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Cleal View Post
    He is a centre not the messiah. Asking him to give Ritson enough room to look good is being unrealistic about what Lafai or anyone else can do.
    I understand the tongue in cheek tone in your reply, but I think if we can get Ritson a centre partner who is a dangerous threat with the ball and has good feet, it can only go to help Ritson and play to his strength, which is off the mark acceleration.

    I also do not believe Lafai would be the next coming or anything, but he is the best out there who is probably attainable as a stop gap until the lads who have been promoted this season are ready. We need 3 centres because it is likely that 50% of the time one of the 2 we currently have may not be available for selection. I would rather do this than put all the pressure on lads who should be drip fed into the first team rather than relied upon too early.

    I wish we would just put a nail in the Blake coffin as he is clearly not bothered about coming here or his demands are too high. Either way that would have been done before now and we would not have had the PR from the club about waiting for the right player.

    Also, the ideal of signing 'a winger who can also play centre' is rare given how specialised those positions are and I cannot think of many players who even fit that category.

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