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Re: Top 10 Sat May 14, 2022 10:32 pm  
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Uptoncat wrote:
We had him and gary price in the second row. That was some pairing

Played against Gary Price as a teenager. What a player…..
Re: Top 10 Sat May 14, 2022 10:35 pm  
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Steve ella, Wally Lewis, Ray price , Darren Fritz , Sid Domic , Ali lauiti’iti ,Henry Paul, Jason Demetriou , Sonny Whakarau ,David Solomona . Plenty of home grown players could have gone into this list ,but these players stood out for me over the years as they sent a buzz around the ground whenever they played . There are lots of players who have gone unnoticed, that gave their all for our club and have never got the recognition they deserved IMO .


Tell you what, if this thread was about heart and effort, I think JD would be top of my list.
Re: Top 10 Sun May 15, 2022 8:36 am  
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Quit the game to become a male model, as I recall. Wasn't he our last Great Britain International?


Injury forced him out.

He might have done, handsome enough though I’m no expert.
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Re: Top 10 Sun May 15, 2022 8:42 am  
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Tell you what, if this thread was about heart and effort, I think JD would be top of my list.


I think the heart and effort thing is a bit overdone with JD to be honest. I’m not doubting there was plenty but in truth he was just a very good player.

I think at the time most Wakefield fans and certainly the wider game struggled to accept we had any real quality. The SKY ten in particular put any success we had down to us being a team of battlers. In truths we weren’t JD and Solomona and a fair few other were absolute quality.

Same now, why we can’t turn that into more I really don’t know.
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Re: Top 10 Sun May 15, 2022 8:53 am  
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Heart has a great deal to do with a good team. It's the unsung acts that go on week after week that allow the greats to sprinkle there magic dust. The likes of Graham Idle, Duncan Mcgilvary, and the like, who you don't realise what they did until they're not there.
Re: Top 10 Sun May 15, 2022 9:05 am  
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Tell you what, if this thread was about heart and effort, I think JD would be top of my list.

For me JD epitomisers everything that makes a great RL player ,was never the best , the fastest or the most skilful , but with a heart of a lion and a never day die attitude he was living proof that if you put the effort in you can become a great player no matter your shortfalls . Came in as a relative unknown and went out a folk hero .Far bigger names have played at our club and never come close to the impact he had on the club and fans .
Re: Top 10 Sun May 15, 2022 9:15 am  
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For me JD epitomisers everything that makes a great RL player ,was never the best , the fastest or the most skilful , but with a heart of a lion and a never day die attitude he was living proof that if you put the effort in you can become a great player no matter your shortfalls . Came in as a relative unknown and went out a folk hero .Far bigger names have played at our club and never come close to the impact he had on the club and fans .


Utterly disagree. JD was easily one of the top SL centres especially from 2004 to 2008. He absolutely was one of the best.
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Re: Top 10 Sun May 15, 2022 9:23 am  
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During my time of watching, these are the top 10 that have really stood out in the teams they were in at the time. In no particular order:

David Solomona
Danny Brough
Gareth Ellis
Tim Smith
Brad Drew
Tom Johnstone
Ali Lauititi
Garen Casey
Jason Demetriou
Willie Poching
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Re: Top 10 Sun May 15, 2022 9:25 am  
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People really under estimate JD. Yes he had the heart of a lion and was tough as old boots but he could play the game. He came over to Chorley and paid his own fair I believe. Picked up by widnes and by the grace of god ended up at Belle Vue. What a player he was he had pace strength and skill and was probably the best captain of our recent times.
Re: Top 10 Sun May 15, 2022 9:39 am  
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Uptoncat wrote:
Michael Jackson what a player he was too

Are you referring to the singer ? Because if it’s the Michael Jackson that scored a try against hull kr or saints that led to him being signed by Halifax he was a decent club second row with a bit of pace - went to Wembley as a sub for Sheffield and played a couple times for Great Britain .

Decent but hardly wotld beating
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