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Re: Kevin Naiqama
Post Wed May 16, 2018 6:14 am
Posted by BrisbaneRhino on Wed May 16, 2018 6:14 am
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Naqaima is a very good player, but he'll have nowhere near the influence Barba has had.
Re: Kevin Naiqama
Post Thu May 17, 2018 12:26 pm
Posted by Lebron James on Thu May 17, 2018 12:26 pm
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Gildart from Wigan was holding out in the hope to sign for St Helens. Now it is clear that Saints have aimed much much higher with the signing of Naiqama, Gildart has begrudgingly signed a new contract at Wigan

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Re: Kevin Naiqama
Post Thu May 17, 2018 4:33 pm
Posted by RoyBoy29 on Thu May 17, 2018 4:33 pm
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JEAN CAPDOUZE wrote:
Kevin Naiqama is a very good player. If Benjamin Barba stays at St Helens then Naiqama will play in the centres and St Helens will have the most brilliant backline in Super League in 2019.

Regrettably, if Barba stays, then I see St Helens beating Catalans, perhaps at Wembley and probably at Old Trafford in 2019. But with Samuel Tomkins, David Mead, and Anthony Gigot in the Catalans backline, it should still be an exciting pair of encounters.


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Re: Kevin Naiqama
Post Thu May 17, 2018 9:50 pm
Posted by Charlie Sheen on Thu May 17, 2018 9:50 pm
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Big rumours coming from Australia that Naiqama is being signed because Barba is going back to the NRL
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Re: Kevin Naiqama
Post Thu May 17, 2018 10:14 pm
Posted by AS108 on Thu May 17, 2018 10:14 pm
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Charlie Sheen wrote:
Big rumours coming from Australia that Naiqama is being signed because Barba is going back to the NRL


Hardly, more a case of putting 2+2 together and getting 5. If you’ve read the article then you’ll know the whole thing is littered with if’s and maybe’s. The first line of the quote from the person making the rumours up reads “If Kevin Naiqama goes to St Helens there could be implications there for Ben Barba“. Barba may well and most likely will go back to the NRL at the end of the season but the Naiqama signing likely has little to do with it.
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Post Fri May 18, 2018 12:32 am
Posted by BrisbaneRhino on Fri May 18, 2018 12:32 am
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AS108 - I suspect the salary cap would say different. Barba would be the highest earner in SL if he stays (or should be), but Naiqama is an NRL regular who would be able to get a contract elsewhere as well and whilst he wouldn't be on the same as Barba he'd want a decent wedge. In the current era, when we only see the likes of Barba in SL for off-field reasons, Naiqama would be right at the top end of NRL imports, and command a wage reflecting that.
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Post Fri May 18, 2018 1:11 am
Posted by rubber duckie on Fri May 18, 2018 1:11 am
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BrisbaneRhino wrote:
AS108 - I suspect the salary cap would say different. Barba would be the highest earner in SL if he stays (or should be)
Barba turned down that accolade by signing for Saints this time last year. After seemingly already agreeing terms with Wire when an all expenses paid guest at the Magic weekend, Barba sneaked off to meet up with Saints on a couple of occasions.
Instead Roberts is very much the highest earner in SL followed by Sam T then George W.
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Post Fri May 18, 2018 8:42 am
Posted by AS108 on Fri May 18, 2018 8:42 am
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BrisbaneRhino wrote:
AS108 - I suspect the salary cap would say different. Barba would be the highest earner in SL if he stays (or should be), but Naiqama is an NRL regular who would be able to get a contract elsewhere as well and whilst he wouldn't be on the same as Barba he'd want a decent wedge. In the current era, when we only see the likes of Barba in SL for off-field reasons, Naiqama would be right at the top end of NRL imports, and command a wage reflecting that.


I doubt it would, if he was to come and Barba was to stay then he’d be replacing Morgan who will be on decent money himself and there’s no doubt that Matty Smith will leave at the end of the season and he’s definitely on big money. Both of them off the cap is more than enough to cover Naiqama.
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Post Fri May 18, 2018 10:27 am
Posted by Magic Superbeetle on Fri May 18, 2018 10:27 am
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BrisbaneRhino wrote:
AS108 - I suspect the salary cap would say different. Barba would be the highest earner in SL if he stays (or should be), but Naiqama is an NRL regular who would be able to get a contract elsewhere as well and whilst he wouldn't be on the same as Barba he'd want a decent wedge. In the current era, when we only see the likes of Barba in SL for off-field reasons, Naiqama would be right at the top end of NRL imports, and command a wage reflecting that.


So it was reported that Naiqama was looking for 150k last year when he flirted with coming to SL. Assuming this figure is in the right ball park, its entirely possible, as 100k immediately comes from the cap increase - then it comes down to a question of whether Morgan is earning over 50k - and reasonably speaking we can asusme that too. Theres the team that has Naiqama and Barba in the same team (and actually leaving a little space for more).

If Barba goes, it frees up his cap and the marquee spot to bring someone else in. But I suspect it will either be a stand off or another centre with one of Lomax/ Naiqama respectively taking to 1 position up, rather than a like for like replacement.
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Post Fri May 18, 2018 10:38 am
Posted by Ste100Centurions on Fri May 18, 2018 10:38 am
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JEAN CAPDOUZE wrote:
Kevin Naiqama is a very good player. If Benjamin Barba stays at St Helens then Naiqama will play in the centres and St Helens will have the most brilliant backline in Super League in 2019.

Regrettably, if Barba stays, then I see St Helens beating Catalans, perhaps at Wembley and probably at Old Trafford in 2019. But with Samuel Tomkins, David 'bang average' Mead, and Anthony Gigot in the Catalans backline, it should still be an exciting pair of encounters.


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