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Maybe Bryce can snag a centre spot !!???? That would be nice to see !!
Brycie is there because he is great for the locker room, great for crisis depth mid-season and great for team leadership for all the new imported stock i.e Mitchell, Sua'A, Roberts, Amone, Bow & Arrow, Lowe etc He is old enough, mentally tough and experienced enough to stand up and say things sans fear or retribution.
 

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Mitchell is only 22. He will develop still in body strength and shape. He will be fine..... seriously you lot carry on like old molls in a parlour!! When very young Inglis had serious concerns he was too lean etc. How did he turn out? A Legend Inglis should really be an immortal no doubt at all.
I’m not carrying on, I know Latrell will be fine.
 

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6/1 final offer. Strong team class coach. What are you afraid of? Sports betting a scourge? Not when one salutes my son. Are you under starters' orders?
Sorry PS 111, no chance. It is just not my go, that's all. I participate in the office Melbourne Cup sweeps, that's it.

BTW, who do you support? Are you a neutral / fence sitter or do you just like to be the 'devils advocate' go to person for the Souths WLF supporters? Anyway, just enquiring.
 

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guys i have heard from a pretty reliable source on the wests board that Adam Douehi will be announced monday.
i hope it is not true have no idea the monetary deal etc
would rathe B J Leiluia

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  • Tom Burgess is on a trip with wife nothing to it.
  • Alex Johnston going nowhere. Wayne wants him here but as a winger and back up fullback. Johnston wants to stay make the wing his own. Proud Rabbitoh.
  • Adam Douehi has been targeted by other clubs and there is truth to it. Nothing confirmed.
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Sorry PS 111, no chance. It is just not my go, that's all. I participate in the office Melbourne Cup sweeps, that's it.

BTW, who do you support? Are you a neutral / fence sitter or do you just like to be the 'devils advocate' go to person for the Souths WLF supporters? Anyway, just enquiring.
101% with The 100 Pipers my son. I do though respect Robinson he is obviously a class football guy and coach. Has developed a different roster than Easts have traditionally done i.e, less import and more young internal draft players. much to admire in that. I will also state right here the following: if I was a Football GM in charge of a struggling or poor club I would sound out Crinkle Cut Cronk to take over provided he has the required Certificates/Diplomas for management. I believe he is potentially THE next big thing in terms of Coaching. Disciplined, fit, has some type of intelligence [God he referenced FC Barcelona during an interview on Fox Sports I was impressed!] and he is winner with two different clubs. Plus he speaks well. If I ran e.g, struggling St George Cronk would be straight in.
 

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Koloa is on track to make a dynamic debut this year. If he can make a splash with his performances in our trials, he may earn a bench spot in round one. Wayne isn’t fussed about throwing his young forwards into the fray without any lead in time.

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Talk from lots of people is Koloa is training the house down callmack1 callmack1 Southy southsport Souths till I die Souths till I die
 
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Reboot on the run: Why Rabbitohs again among title favourites


South Sydney do not plan to pursue another forward for this season if the Titans refuse to release Jai Arrow until 2021 in the belief they have enough depth among their middles to complement what is now arguably the NRL's best back line.

In the past nine months, Souths have lost their last three captains, 337-gamer John Sutton, Greg Inglis (265) and Sam Burgess (182), along with England prop George Burgess (150), who boast a combined 934 NRL appearances between them.

Yet the Rabbitohs have quickly rebuilt to again be among the premiership favourites after adding Latrell Mitchell to the list of recruits since Wayne Bennett charge last season, which includes three players not even at Redfern 12 months ago in Ethan Lowe, Jaydn Su’A and James Roberts.

In addition, Souths have a host of young forward talent, with the likes of Keaon Koloamatangi, Tom Amone, Ky Rodwell and Kurt Dillon among eight props in their 29-man squad, along with Tom Burgess, Liam Knight, Tevita Tatola and Mark Nicholls.

"I think we have got more depth than we had last year, to be totally honest," Rabbitohs GM of football Shane Richardson said.

"We’ve planned well, not just for this year but the year after and probably the year after that as well. We’ve been planning a long way ahead.

Sam is a loss and you are never going to replace Sam but we have tried to reshape the side with the way we bring the ball back and obviously Latrell will make a big difference there. Eventually Arrow will slot in and pick the workload up in the middle."

Whether that is this season or in 2021 remains to be seen but the Rabbitohs believe their premiership window remains open even if Arrow doesn’t join them until next year and they have a strong leadership team of hooker Damien Cook and halves Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds.

Size and skill in the backs
The signing of Mitchell ensures Souths have one of the best back lines any club has fielded in recent seasons, with the 22-year-old superstar set to take over the No.1 jersey favoured by Inglis during his illustrious career.

Alex Johnston, Corey Allan and Adam Doueihi played fullback at various stages last season after Inglis’s sudden retirement but it has been made clear since Mitchell fell out of favour with Sydney Roosters that it is his preferred position.

The halves pairing of Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker is one of the most established in the NRL, while Braidon Burns is again fit and expected to hold down a starting centre berth alongside Roberts, with Dane Gagai and Campbell Graham on the wings.

In addition to Johnston, Allan and Doueihi, Bennett has former Kiwis centre Bryson Goodwin, Papua New Guinea utility back Edene Gebbie, Cook Islands rookie Steven Marsters and boom 20-year-old winger Jaxson Paulo to draw on.

"It is a great back line and we have got great depth," Richardson said. "Our spine has got some really good players but we have got depth under them as well.

"Troy Dargan has been really good for us, we’ve got young Dean Hawkins and also Blake Taafe, who was the NSW under 20s halfback/five-eighth last year so we have got plenty of good young halves coming through."

Forward strength
Bennett will re-shape his pack after losing players of the calibre of Sam Burgess, George Burgess and Sutton.

Cameron Murray will continue wearing the No.13 jersey for as long as he plays for Souths and is expected to eventually have the © alongside his name too, while Su’A was signed just before last year’s June 30 deadline with a view to taking over from Sutton in the second row.

Lowe joined Souths on the eve of the opening-round clash with the Roosters and performed so well he earned a State of Origin debut for Queensland in the series decider at ANZ Stadium.

Knight was recruited from Canberra last season and played 23 matches in the front row, one less than Nicholls, while Tatola featured in all 27 games for the club and Tom Burgess made 20 appearances.

The Rabbitohs have high hopes for Koloamatangi and the 191cm tall 21-year-old is equally comfortable playing in the middle or on an edge.

"We always knew that we had Koloamatangi coming through, and he will be good for us. We think he is going to be something special," Richardson said.

It would be nice to have Jai Arrow [this season] but if we can’t get him we wouldn’t go out and get somebody else.

"We are not devoid of talent on the edge or in the middle so we feel pretty good about where we are."


Leaders abound
Sutton was one of five co-captains appointed by Michael Maguire when he became Souths coach in 2012, along with Sam Burgess, Roy Asotasi, Michael Crocker and Matt King, before taking over the skipper’s role on his own.

After captaining the Rabbitohs to their first premiership in 43 years in 2014, Sutton was replaced by Inglis the following season and Burgess has performed the job whenever he was unavailable.

Walker was given the role last year but Bennett is yet to decide who will be captain this season, and the other main contenders – Cook and Reynolds – have suggested the three of them will work together regardless of who leads the side onto the field each week.

Murray is considered a future Souths and Australian captain but having only recently celebrated his 22nd birthday he is unlikely to be given the honour just yet.

Richardson also suggested Mitchell and Goodwin, who returns to the club after winning Warrington’s player’s player award last year, would have leadership roles.

"We have got lots of blokes who want to stand up and be leaders, you don’t have to prompt them," Richardson said of Walker, Cook, Reynolds and Murray.

"Under them we have got blokes like Dane Gagai, Latrell Mitchell is someone we see as a potential leader and a guy like Bryson Goodwin is really good for us because he brings a lot of leadership himself. We think he will be really good in the dressing room."
 
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Source: The article is from SMH.

Wests Tigers have cranked up their recruitment drive by meeting Canberra giant Joey Leilua on Monday and completing the finer details on a contract they will offer Adam Doueihi in the next 48 hours.

Leilua met with club boss Justin Pascoe and coach Michael Maguire about swapping Canberra for Concord, despite having a year to run on his deal at the Green Machine.

The Tigers signed Joey’s younger brother Luciano for this season and are desperate to beef up their stocks in the outside backs.

Leilua, who stands to earn about $700,000 this season in his final year at Canberra, was already told he would not be offered a deal in 2021, and could do it tough to nail down his starting right-centre spot now Curtis Scott had arrived from Melbourne.

While the Tigers are yet to offer Leilua a deal, their pursuit of Doueihi is expected to get more serious in the coming days.

The Tigers have about $800,000 in their cap and can easily accommodate both this year.

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett informed Doueihi last week he was free to pursue a starting fullback spot elsewhere, especially with Latrell Mitchell to be given first crack at No.1.

Doueihi was given his start in the NRL by former Souths coach Maguire and signed with the Rabbitohs at the time because of their lack of depth in the halves. The chance to be Benji Marshall’s long-term five-eighth understudy also has appeal.

Having the 190cm right-footed Doueihi and left-footed halfback Luke Brooks as the playmakers would seriously excite Tigers fans in future years.

Marshall, 35, next month, is held in such high regard at the club that Tigers officials are more than happy to entertain the idea of him playing on again should he feel physically and mentally fresh at the end of the season.

The Tigers have three spots to fill on their roster, and have not given up hope of luring teen prop Stefano Utoikamanu away from Parramatta a year early.

In Doueihi’s case, the big sticking point for any move will continue to be money, especially with the Lebanon international on a back-ended deal and collecting more than $500,000 this season, then over $600,000 next year.

Souths have already told Doueihi they are happy for him to see out the final two years, and they can accommodate him in their cap, but his best hope of playing could be off the bench.
 
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