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Posted by simonw on Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:36 am
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Stories over the weekend true then:

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Re: OUT - Watkins
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Posted by Jrrhino on Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:36 am
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I've always loved Watkins as a player but I feel this is probably the best decision for both him and the club, this will free up cap space for us that we desperately need and it allows him to go to a club and earn the money he thinks he deserves.
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Re: OUT - Watkins
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Posted by KaeruJim on Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:37 am
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At least the decision is made and all parties can move on. Sad end but he's been an outstanding player for the club and has been a big part of the successful years.
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Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:45 am
Posted by tomrhodes28 on Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:45 am
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No wonder why rumours are we're after Hastings spares a bit of salary cap.
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:55 am
Posted by tad rhino on Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:55 am
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good decision for Leeds. we've had his best years. frees up a lot of cap
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:00 am
Posted by simonw on Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:00 am
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Just generally feels like a sad way for his career with us to end. When you have young kids sat on the wall growing up who then break into the team and develop into world class players captaining the team then after many years of service they don't deserve to leave under a cloud of ill-feeling. I agree it's probably in both parties best interests but having seen his dad responding to comments on FB recently where the fans have really been laying into him the whole situation makes me feel pretty sad. From Kallum's point of view it must be just about the worst time in his career to be looking for a new gig. On current form which top team would be demand a starting place in? Certainly won't get anywhere near an NRL side. Assume he'll end up at Salford or KR.

Personally I've never really felt he's lived up to his reputation. No doubt a fantastic player on his day but always seems to run a bit hot and cold for me. Sky guys constantly telling us he's 'arguably the best centre in the SL' but I don't recall him ever really standing out for full games game in game out. Clearly a quality player though and exactly the kind of home grown player you'd want at your club but a shame to see him effectively leaving under a cloud and with the performances we've seen this year being his send off. You can't blame anyone coming back from a serious injury for not being at their best but with all this news it does fuel the fire about there being poor attitudes in camp about marquee salaries etc.

I'd probably have let him go straight away. Ignoring the fact I'd start Hurrell and Newman ahead of him in the centres anyway, is this situation going to improve the already poor morale at all? Certainly no point playing him as captain but looking at performances so far this year it's hard to imagine we'll see fantastic attitude and effort from him for the rest of the season. Unless he has a mad panic to try and show that he's capable to getting back to his best to show potential new clubs he still has it but then that'll surely be even worse as it would point to poor attitude instead of understandable rehab impact. Urgh… there's not really a positive to take is there? It's a lose-lose situation for both sides for the rest of the season so I'd just let him go and concentrate on finding a new, much needed leader and developing a new centre partnership.

Despite everything above, I feel for the lad for not getting the send off he deserves, irrespective of what's gone on this season.
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:05 am
Posted by simonw on Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:05 am
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Speaking of which who would be your pick for captain? I really wanted Ward at the time as for me he personifies everything we need to be on the pitch in terms of attitude and application and didn't think Watkins was the right choice but even I can't advocate him at the moment in the middle of yet another long lay-off. Been a lot of people calling for Merrin who would seem the obvious choice. Are there any other real contenders at the moment? Everyone's so quiet on the pitch there's not many standing out as leadership material right now. Myler?? Has demonstrated leadership on the pitch at least but I'm hoping we have more quality coming in around that position soon so not sure he;'d be the best choice. Can't see them giving Watkins the armband for the rest of the season though…
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:10 am
Posted by Gotcha on Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:10 am
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We should have tried offering him to Warrington first in exchange for Currie. Would have been a great deal for us, and you never know, Wire might well have gone for it.
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Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:19 am
Posted by tomrhodes28 on Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:19 am
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simonw wrote:
Speaking of which who would be your pick for captain? I really wanted Ward at the time as for me he personifies everything we need to be on the pitch in terms of attitude and application and didn't think Watkins was the right choice but even I can't advocate him at the moment in the middle of yet another long lay-off. Been a lot of people calling for Merrin who would seem the obvious choice. Are there any other real contenders at the moment? Everyone's so quiet on the pitch there's not many standing out as leadership material right now. Myler?? Has demonstrated leadership on the pitch at least but I'm hoping we have more quality coming in around that position soon so not sure he;'d be the best choice. Can't see them giving Watkins the armband for the rest of the season though…



Definitely, think Merrin should get the job. Ever since he's arrived he's been one of the stand out voices on the pitch lot of experience, and is putting in on average 70 minutes a game.
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:22 am
Posted by simonw on Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:22 am
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tomrhodes28 wrote:
Definitely, think Merrin should get the job. Ever since he's arrived he's been one of the stand out voices on the pitch lot of experience, and is putting in on average 70 minutes a game.


Hard to argue against that - certainly for the rest of this season anyway.
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