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Good competition, hopefully a very hot burning fire after fumbling out of two finals series consecutively and few guys really settling in as long term NRL players now too

Williams (99), BHU (99), Oregon (90) and Rudolf (81) all raise their bat this season too.
Given experience levels this year and next year should all be good years for them also.
BHU and Williams definitely already shown some really good footy but particularly for BHU, concerns are well documented.
Rudolf has played well plenty of times but certainly not someone other teams would be concerned by or chasing - I'd like to see him go to another level and obviously Oregon looks more of a grinder/worker type at the moment but would be good to see him take that up a notch, if not expand his game also.

Jack turns 28 end of year
BHU just turned 29
Oregon only 25 late this season
Toby just turned 28

Otherwise in the middle we have
Finucane 33 late this season, 248 games
McInnes 30 tomorrow, 178 games
Hunt 29 late in season, 56 games
Hazelton 25 tomorrow, 19 games
Colquhoun 23 after season ends, 10 games
Tuks 23 after season ends, 3 games
Bradbury 21 after season ends, 0 games

Oregon must be doing something right to have more games at 25 than Hunt, Hazelton, Colquhoun and Tuks (and Bradbury I guess) combined.

Hopefully pack can stay largely fit this season and that will increase the competition for spots pressure as we have more than 7 middles capable of playing NRL this season.
It's easy to lose sight of the fact quite a few of our players and heading into the back ends of their careers. They done have long to really stamp their mark, so they have to step up this year, surely.
 

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It's easy to lose sight of the fact quite a few of our players and heading into the back ends of their careers. They done have long to really stamp their mark, so they have to step up this year, surely.
Agreed. They’ve been together for some time now. If some of them can’t go up a gear this season then I think we’ll have to look at a possible recruitment drive. Here’s hoping though they can reach that form we all know a lot of these players have.
 

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Dragons are making a play for the big fella along with the warriors.

Only way he’ll stay with us is through loyalty. We won’t get near the money these other clubs are throwing at him.

It’s a big difference also with the money we’re talking.
 

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Dragons are making a play for the big fella along with the warriors.

Only way he’ll stay with us is through loyalty. We won’t get near the money these other clubs are throwing at him.

It’s a big difference also with the money we’re talking.
If I were the warriors I'd lock up BHU immediately..Reckon we could assist.
 

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I like the big Ham, has been pretty good for us and a monster on his day - bit under rated I feel

I really hope he can stay injury free and will stay with our club, should be coming into his best footy about now.

Would love to see him charging the ball up alongside AFB, Hunt, Talakai ect. Basically a warehouse of runaway fridges
 

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I like the big Ham, has been pretty good for us and a monster on his day - bit under rated I feel

I really hope he can stay injury free and will stay with our club, should be coming into his best footy about now.

Would love to see him charging the ball up alongside AFB, Hunt, Talakai ect. Basically a warehouse of runaway fridges
I like him, too, but not consistent enough for mine. I know that's not all his fault but that's the truth.

He's also 29 now. Not old by prop standards but there's no way I'd be offering 700k for as is rumoured to be the Warriors' offer.

Would be happy to keep him for two years on 550k.....600k absolute max.
 

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Would love to see him charging the ball up alongside AFB, Hunt, Talakai ect. Basically a warehouse of runaway fridges
...for 20 games this season. That's the only thing between him and being a top tier prop.
 

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I like him, too, but not consistent enough for mine. I know that's not all his fault but that's the truth.

He's also 29 now. Not old by prop standards but there's no way I'd be offering 700k for as is rumoured to be the Warriors' offer.

Would be happy to keep him for two years on 550k.....600k absolute max.
I think those values are perfectly reasonably though, they need a starting prop much more than us. And while he may have attractions for NZ in family it is also a big move he has to deal with.
 

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I think those values are perfectly reasonably though, they need a starting prop much more than us. And while he may have attractions for NZ in family it is also a big move he has to deal with.
Oh for sure, no issues with their offer at all. That's the salary cap at play.
 
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