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Re: 2019 Super League Ins & Outs
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Posted by My Mate Ronnie on Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:20 am
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James Donaldson to Leeds Rhinos 2019 on trial .
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Post Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:49 am
Posted by TheDreadnought on Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:49 am
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My Mate Ronnie wrote:
James Donaldson to Leeds Rhinos 2019 on trial .


He'll go well providing he can stay out of the wars!
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Re: 2019 Super League Ins & Outs
Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:46 am
Posted by Sal Paradise on Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:46 am
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My Mate Ronnie wrote:
James Donaldson to Leeds Rhinos 2019 on trial .


If wasn't wanted by Hull KR why should we need him?
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Re: 2019 Super League Ins & Outs
Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:54 am
Posted by vastman on Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:54 am
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If wasn't wanted by Hull KR why should we need him?


What a ridiculous comment, what Leeds are to good for him are they. RL is full of players who have been nothing at one club only to have a certain talent spited by another club and go onto do great things. Yes even happens at the mighty Leeds!

Anyone who truly understands sport knows that you don’t judge players on what they did previously but what they can do right now. Clearly if true then someone at Leeds who will know way more than you ever will has spotted something.

They don’t all have to be fag end Aussies looking for a pension which is Leeds current methodology it seems.
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Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:42 pm
Posted by Les Norton on Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:42 pm
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What a ridiculous comment, what Leeds are to good for him are they. RL is full of players who have been nothing at one club only to have a certain talent spited by another club and go onto do great things. Yes even happens at the mighty Leeds!

Anyone who truly understands sport knows that you don’t judge players on what they did previously but what they can do right now. Clearly if true then someone at Leeds who will know way more than you ever will has spotted something.

They don’t all have to be fag end Aussies looking for a pension which is Leeds current methodology it seems.


Leeds signing a 29 year old State of Origin representative with Kangaroo caps is "fag end Aussies". Okay
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Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:23 pm
Posted by vastman on Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:23 pm
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Leeds signing a 29 year old State of Origin representative with Kangaroos is "fag end Aussies". Okay


We'll see.
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Re: 2019 Super League Ins & Outs
Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Posted by homme vaste on Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:31 pm
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As good a player Merrin is, I think we will see another Tyrone Roberts situation were he just doesn't show up to play, disappoints and goes back after a year. Didn't he ring Wayne Bennett up just before signing for Leeds and tell him he didn't want to come over here? That would ring alarm bells for me if I was a Rhinos fan.
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Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:34 pm
Posted by Sal Paradise on Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:34 pm
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vastman wrote:
What a ridiculous comment, what Leeds are to good for him are they. RL is full of players who have been nothing at one club only to have a certain talent spited by another club and go onto do great things. Yes even happens at the mighty Leeds!

Anyone who truly understands sport knows that you don’t judge players on what they did previously but what they can do right now. Clearly if true then someone at Leeds who will know way more than you ever will has spotted something.

They don’t all have to be fag end Aussies looking for a pension which is Leeds current methodology it seems.


Wow - that's rattled your cage.

I am interested in your examples of players who have bombed at other clubs but have been a massive success at Leeds?

Donaldson has been a very average SL player his whole career - a representation of his skill set. If the rumours are correct Leeds have been trying to offload a number of very average SL players so why would they want to increase the number of very average SL players in the squad?

Having players of this nature in your squad restricts the opportunities for younger players that have come through the junior development system. It would be a real shame if the likes of Cameron Smith didn't get the opportunity because the risk of playing him was greater than playing Donaldson.

In respect of the Aussies I would suggest Merrin's status is as high as anyone in SL - certainly he has done more in the game than the likes of David Fifita, Pauli Pauli etc.
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Re: 2019 Super League Ins & Outs
Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:51 pm
Posted by ThePrinter on Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:51 pm
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WRT to Donaldson, Leeds said he approached them looking to train whilst he is without a club. Fair enough and even if Leeds don’t end up taking him on they might put a good word in for him and help him get a gig elsewhere possibly at Fev who we’re close with. So not a case of us going after Donaldson (otherwise we would’ve just signed him if properly interested), just us helping an out of work player trying to get himself a job.
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Post Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:57 pm
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vastman wrote:
Anyone who truly understands sport knows that you don’t judge players on what they did previously but what they can do right now. Clearly if true then someone at Leeds who will know way more than you ever will has spotted something.

They don’t all have to be fag end Aussies looking for a pension which is Leeds current methodology it seems.


You’re right you should judge them on what they can do right now.......but quite hypocritically you’re judging Merrin before he’s even played a game.

As for Merrin he’ll be here between the age of 29-32. If you think that’s too old then you should be getting rid of several of your squad including your new soon to be 36 years old HB whose best days were 4/5 years ago.
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