My thought I have which people agree with me at work about is that Melbourne won because their line speed on defence was so quick (sometimes legally sometimes illegally).
Fair enough, don't see how it's worse than a Folau, Lockyer, Hodges combination up in Brisbane though in terms of cash.
The one that always smelt to me was Finch hanging around, supposedly playing for base wage. Did he get a big payout before he came down here?
Lockyer was on the long service discount for most of that time iirc. Hodges in particular wouldn't be worth what the big 3 are, and even then Brisbane didn't hold on to two of them.
Manly retaining their big players this year is the only modern example I can think of. But then Manly have a lot of the advantages Melbourne do (strong winning culture) but they obtained them legally (to our knowledge).
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The thing with Manly is we always lose our depth each season and replace those guys with other fringe players. In general Melbourne do the same, but I find it a bit strange they are able to sign the likes of Will Chambers and Ryan Hoffman this season and still stay under the cap. Those guys are mid range players and wouldn't be that cheap coming back from Super League and Rugby. Add to that someone like Jason Ryles. Fair enough getting one of those players, but three players. Who did they really get rid of last season to get those three. Adam Blair, Beau Champion??
Then you have players like Ryan Hincliffe. Fair enough we have our own players they that in Burher, but we had to lose Tony Williams, Lussick, Harrison and potentially Kite to keep him.
Everyone goes on about how Melbourne only have the big three and no one else. Yeah there is couple players who a nobodies that play really well for them. But majority of the side are top line first graders.
You look at teams like Tigers and Cowboys who have players close the standard or better then the top three at Melbourne. They have far worse depth then Melbourne.
For mine there has to still be some major question marks over whether this side in under the cap.
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gee this will be a big improvement methinks. hopefully see a lot of different teams on friday nights and so on.
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Nah nothing will change. Brisbane will get one Friday night game every week and the other goes to SFS or Telstra Stadium team, regardless of where teams are on the table.
Yeah the schedule is going to get tiring. It'd be nice to see the Cows or the Titans get some more Friday games but 9 have already pretty much confirmed the Broncos will get the majority.
I reckon it's going to be a great season though. $BW vs Bulldogs will be great to watch, lots of teams with fresh looking lineups.
Just saw the press conference for him signing for the Roosters. Doesn't seem overly keen on playing League tbh. Just seems like he is playing to honour the handshake agreement with the Roosters from three years ago. Which seems strange considering what he did with Bulldogs.
Reckon he will play one season, try and win the League WC and then go back to rugby for the next Rugby WC.
Seems as he is just back in League for unfinished business the League WC and then back to Rugby.
He's a mercenary. Has been ever since he shacked up with Mundine. If League continue to pay him more than RU than he'll stay. If RU offer him bigger $$ he'll be back there in a heartbeat.
Don't think he'll dodge this year though. If he's not interested he'll just play half arsed, be injured regularly, talk about boxing/RU/racial inequality/etc.
reckon he will find it pretty tough. look forward to guys like tamou and sims knocking him over
They said the same thing when he come over to Super Rugby and ITM Cup. We all know what happened over there.
Regardless what you think of him, he is talented footballers and I reckon after the half way mark of the season he will be back near the level he was when he left.
I reckon there is something wrong in League and Union when the top best leagues don't command the biggest pay cheque. Surprised more elite players from both codes don't do the one year contracts and cash up in Japanese or European Rugby in the off season.
The whole it ok the earn less money to play in the top leagues can only last for so long. End of the day your only one injury or bad season away from sent to out to pasture.
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