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Is this guy going to recruit any new players?
For the past 2 seasons we have lost players and not gained anyone of note.
Does anyone seriously think this current roster is good enough to win a grand final, or even week 2 of finals.
I miss Flanno
The Panthers just recruit a back up half each year and the odd back and it hasn’t hurt them.
 

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Is this guy going to recruit any new players?
For the past 2 seasons we have lost players and not gained anyone of note.
Does anyone seriously think this current roster is good enough to win a grand final, or even week 2 of finals.
I miss Flanno
Outside of Kaufusi, no established NRL players... but Fitz did manage to raid Penrith for both the 2023 Australian Schoolboys halfback and a guy some said should have been picked as the 2022 Australian schoolboys fullback (ahead of Chevy Stewart).

He's also added a lot of other depth and talented younger players. Atkinson, Bradbury, Puru, Coutts, Vea'ila, Fa'atili and O'Kane have all joined in the last 12 months. They won't all stick, but you have to get good players in to the system to expect to have a good team 5 years from now.
 
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The Panthers just recruit a back up half each year and the odd back and it hasn’t hurt them.
Storm continue to tick along alright almost never signing big names too

Forward pack struggled a bit last season but still made week 3 of the finals.
 

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The Panthers just recruit a back up half each year and the odd back and it hasn’t hurt them.
I get what your saying but it helps when you have multiple internationals in key positions already though. Of course you can recruit a couple nuffies and be fine.
I am on the Fitz train still and trust what he is doing. Just pointing out that you are comparing apples to oranges.
 

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I get what your saying but it helps when you have multiple internationals in key positions already though. Of course you can recruit a couple nuffies and be fine.
I am on the Fitz train still and trust what he is doing. Just pointing out that you are comparing apples to oranges.
We have a couple of Kangaroo beating internationals in our squad right now. The panthers developed the bulk of their squad in house. I can't think of anyone in that team who was signed on big money from anywhere. They did of course develop a guy who may already be the GOAT so yeah that helps.

I get your point, I just think that what Fitz is trying to do is achievable. That said I'd love him to sign his old mate Taukeiaho. It looks like he may not be going to the dogs after all.
 

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We have a couple of Kangaroo beating internationals in our squad right now. The panthers developed the bulk of their squad in house. I can't think of anyone in that team who was signed on big money from anywhere. They did of course develop a guy who may already be the GOAT so yeah that helps.

I get your point, I just think that what Fitz is trying to do is achievable. That said I'd love him to sign his old mate Taukeiaho. It looks like he may not be going to the dogs after all.
About to turn 32 you'd think he still has something to give, however not sure where his form has been at. I think that is a position we have good depth however after last season having regular injuries there that makes it a bit more attractive.

Rudolf
BHU
Finucane

McInnes
SST
Williams
Hazelton

Hunt
Kaufusi
Colquhoun

THT
Bradbury
Finau

If we assume Colquhoun and Hazelton will improve and everyone else will either at least stay same that is arguably too deep (unless SST on close to minimum). Depending where he is at you could almost swap SST and Hunt just to use Hunt as the impact guy and give Hazelton a bit more responsibility. He's quite limited in that line up. Of course everything can shift suddenly with injury.
 

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About to turn 32 you'd think he still has something to give, however not sure where his form has been at. I think that is a position we have good depth however after last season having regular injuries there that makes it a bit more attractive.

Rudolf
BHU
Finucane

McInnes
SST
Williams
Hazelton

Hunt
Kaufusi
Colquhoun

THT
Bradbury
Finau

If we assume Colquhoun and Hazelton will improve and everyone else will either at least stay same that is arguably too deep (unless SST on close to minimum). Depending where he is at you could almost swap SST and Hunt just to use Hunt as the impact guy and give Hazelton a bit more responsibility. He's quite limited in that line up. Of course everything can shift suddenly with injury.
We really only need some of these guys to improve a bit to have a very solid side that'll be competitive in the finals
 

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We really only need some of these guys to improve a bit to have a very solid side that'll be competitive in the finals
I agree and Dale is our only ageing guy. I see last season as our "difficult second album".
 

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Sacking the bloke in charge of offense is an interesting way to improve the defence
Our offense isnt anything special, and isnt successful against in form teams, falls apart and we look like a 1 trick pony.

Who cares if he's rated as a coach for maroons, thats origin not club. He's got star players to work with, with ex stars and gun players assisting with him, cruzy role and job.

Maybe we should go back to having defense as our strength and just worry more about that haha
 

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Our offense isnt anything special, and isnt successful against in form teams, falls apart and we look like a 1 trick pony.

Who cares if he's rated as a coach for maroons, thats origin not club. He's got star players to work with, with ex stars and gun players assisting with him, cruzy role and job.

Maybe we should go back to having defense as our strength and just worry more about that haha
Defence wins you comps so it makes sense to only have defensive coaching staff
 

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Our offense isnt anything special, and isnt successful against in form teams, falls apart and we look like a 1 trick pony.

Who cares if he's rated as a coach for maroons, thats origin not club. He's got star players to work with, with ex stars and gun players assisting with him, cruzy role and job.

Maybe we should go back to having defense as our strength and just worry more about that haha
Yeah I don’t get the our attack is so good argument.

It’s actually not ; if you can’t score against top teams then it’s not that great is it
 
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Yeah I don’t get the our attack is so good argument.

It’s actually not ; if you can’t score against top teams then it’s not that great is it
Our attack looks amazing against **** sides.

The one fundamental thing we can't do in attack is build pressure. It'll be great to not have all our attack dependant on one half aswell.
 

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Our attack looks amazing against **** sides.

The one fundamental thing we can't do in attack is build pressure. It'll be great to not have all our attack dependant on one half aswell.
And that's on the halves. Our gameplan is one thing, but knowing when to roll the dice or roll it in for a repeat set is very subjective and down to their footy IQ. We're definitely not there yet.
 

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And that's on the halves. Our gameplan is one thing, but knowing when to roll the dice or roll it in for a repeat set is very subjective and down to their footy IQ. We're definitely not there yet.
Repeat sets are also more of a lottery these days... short drop outs are getting the ball back plenty of times.
 
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