Not unexpected but DT reporting Metcalf signs with Warriors for 2023.
The question is , do we waste any time on him next year ?
how so? he doesnt make it into our team and he makes it into theirs, its a great move for him
No guarantee of that though.Because he's going to the Warriors and I'm speaking from a development and reaching his potential stand point. Sure at least he's playing first grade but he's playing under Brown. Gould's left, so too Sullivan. Just feel he won't reach his potential there.
Can't blame him for going, must assume the money must be decent.
Currently they have Johnson, Nikorima & CHT
Former State of Origin stars, ex-million-dollar players and NRL hopefuls headline a list of players who have just weeks to prove themselves as first graders.
The likes of Ash Taylor, Tyrone Roberts, Edrick Lee, Chris Smith and Zac Cini are among those who have been given a train-and-trial contract across the NRL.
Each player will earn just $1000 a week – well short of Taylor’s million-dollar contract with the Titans — before the club decides if they will be given a top 30 spot heading into next season.
Roberts, 30, will start with the Broncos on Monday alongside ex-Bulldog Smith and Manly prop Zac Saddler.
The former Titans skipper said he needed time away from the game to get his body right. He recovered from back and Achilles surgery this year before returning to help Norths win a Queensland Cup premiership having last played first grade in July last year.
“I asked around the NRL and the Broncos were the only ones to give me an opportunity,” Roberts said.
“I had to take a train-and-trial to make sure my body gets through the whole pre-season. I’ve got the experience under my belt. Everyone said I was finished. I was never finished, I was just waiting for my opportunity.”
Roberts once combined with Taylor at the Titans and they are again on a similar path. Taylor has been given a train and trial deal with the Warriors but will be given a one-year deal should he get through summer.
Roberts has 15 weeks to prove his worth. “I’ve spoken with Ash,” Roberts said. “He is in a good space and in a new environment. As long as he stays on top of his weight he will be fine.
“I don’t want to waste my opportunity. If I don’t make the top 30 I’ll go back to Norths and hopefully get the call-up.”
Albert Kelly resurrected his career in a similar way last year at the Broncos.
Ex-NSW centre James Roberts is expected to re-join the Tigers on a similar deal while Lee, who played Origin last year, is on a train and trial contract until he receives medical clearance to return to the field at the Knights.
Wests Tigers fan favourite Cini has joined the Sharks alongside Jackson Ferris while the Dragons have given Francis Molo’s brother Michael a crack.
Jack A Williams, Reg Gasnier‘s grandson, is also at the Dragons while ex-Rabbitoh Steven Marsters is getting a shot at Canterbury.
The Rabbitohs have Latrell Mitchell’s brother Shaq in their summer squad as well as promising youngster Tallis Duncan. South Sydney chief executive Blake Solly said Mitchell, a prop, could push for an NRL spot.
“Shaq has been in our Knock On Effect Cup squad the past two season and impressed the coaches, thoroughly earning a full-time pre-season opportunity,” Solly said. “We hope that he, along with all the players who get an opportunity like this, grab it with both hands and make a real contribution to the success of our NSWRL and NRL squads.”
The Titans are banking on some famous bloodlines with Klese Haas (Payne’s brother), Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui (Tino’s brother) and Braden Robson (Reece’s brother) joining the summer squad. The Roosters have given 27-year-old journeyman outside back Eli Roberts a chance while speedster Su’a Fa’Alogo and forward Alec McDonald will train with Melbourne.
Fiji rugby stars Iosefo Masikau and Taniela Sadrugu have joined the Cowboys. The likes of the Raiders, Eels, Penrith and Manly have no players with first grade experience pushing for a spot.
HOW A TRAIN-AND-TRIAL CONTRACT WORKS
■ Clubs can have unlimited players
■ Players are paid $1000 a week outside the salary cap
■ They can last an unlimited amount of time but generally run up until the Christmas break and then are re-evaluated
■ Players cannot earn more than $60,000, which is what a development player earns
■ Players must be promoted into a top 30 or development spot before they can play first grade