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Posted by JEAN CAPDOUZE on Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:20 am
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Star Australian and Tongan centre Michael Jennings, a member of the Sydney Roosters 2013 Grand Final winning team, and currently with Parramatta Eels, is now looking for a new club. Apparently the Parramatta Eels want to offload him.

https://treizemondial.fr/michael-jennin ... la-sortie/

This is truly bizarre because Jennings is all class and Parramatta are hardly in a position to reject world class talent.

He would be a star in Super League.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2GMML_aO3A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWeX_1b8DkQ

And playing for Parramatta in 2017:

https://www.parraeels.com.au/news/2017/ ... -jennings/
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Whilst it wouldn’t be as big a signing as widdop, it would still be a massive coup for SL
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Posted by JEAN CAPDOUZE on Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:42 am
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The big problem for a Super league club would be his asking price. He is currently allegedly earning AU$800,000. That converts to around £445,000. Even if he took a 20% pay cut, he would have to be a marquee player to fit under the salary cap of a Super League club. But who could afford him?

Leaving aside the clubs that are probably already content with their centres (Leeds, Wigan, St Helens, Catalans) and clubs that already have two marquee players (e.g. Warrington), it is hard to think of which club could afford him at close to his asking price. Hull FC? Hull KR? London? I don't know the answer.
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Can't see him coming over here. His missus had a sprog about 2 months ago.
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JEAN CAPDOUZE wrote:
The big problem for a Super league club would be his asking price. He is currently allegedly earning AU$800,000. That converts to around £445,000. Even if he took a 20% pay cut, he would have to be a marquee player to fit under the salary cap of a Super League club. But who could afford him?

Leaving aside the clubs that are probably already content with their centres (Leeds, Wigan, St Helens, Catalans) and clubs that already have two marquee players (e.g. Warrington), it is hard to think of which club could afford him at close to his asking price. Hull FC? Hull KR? London? I don't know the answer.

Hull won't go for him. We have 3 good centres already on the books in Connor, Tuimivave and Griffin.
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JEAN CAPDOUZE wrote:
The big problem for a Super league club would be his asking price. He is currently allegedly earning AU$800,000. That converts to around £445,000. Even if he took a 20% pay cut, he would have to be a marquee player to fit under the salary cap of a Super League club. But who could afford him?

Leaving aside the clubs that are probably already content with their centres (Leeds, Wigan, St Helens, Catalans) and clubs that already have two marquee players (e.g. Warrington), it is hard to think of which club could afford him at close to his asking price. Hull FC? Hull KR? London? I don't know the answer.



At anything close to 445k, I'd suggest that nobody in SL will be signing him.

That type of cash would only be paid out for a star half back, full back or no 9
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Hull won't go for him. We have 3 good centres already on the books in Connor, Tuimivave and Griffin.


The way Kelly is, we could offload Talanoa, Connor at 6 and Griffn the wing, we won't though and doubt we have the cap space.

Probably only London would have the space for him at this time.
Posted by JEAN CAPDOUZE on Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:03 am
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The way Kelly is, we could offload Talanoa, Connor at 6 and Griffn the wing, we won't though and doubt we have the cap space.

Probably only London would have the space for him at this time.


Maybe. But would David Hughes even consider spending so much money on a centre, when the team already desperately needs a quality half and two fearsome props?
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The problem is he soon turns 31, is a lot of money to pay someone who’s only likely to be with you a year or two. You want to be spending that amount of money on someone in their prime, someone to build your squad around and Jennings doesn’t fit that for me.

All that said though it really wouldn’t surprise me if Toronto signed him at the end of the season.
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Posted by JEAN CAPDOUZE on Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:06 pm
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The problem is he soon turns 31, is a lot of money to pay someone who’s only likely to be with you a year or two. You want to be spending that amount of money on someone in their prime, someone to build your squad around and Jennings doesn’t fit that for me.

All that said though it really wouldn’t surprise me if Toronto signed him at the end of the season.


Toronto should sign him now for 2 years given that he is available now. Jennings' centre combination with Ricky Leutele would be so potent that it would guarantee Toronto's easy promotion to Super League, and also a successful 2020 in Super League.
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