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O/T Billy Magoulias Tue Jun 14, 2022 8:58 pm  
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According to this article he turned us down to sign for Warrington and has now had enough and abandoned ship to go back home.
Looks like we got a lucky break there.

https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/warrington-wolves-release-billy-magoulias/
According to this article he turned us down to sign for Warrington and has now had enough and abandoned ship to go back home.
Looks like we got a lucky break there.

https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/warrington-wolves-release-billy-magoulias/
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Re: O/T Billy Magoulias Tue Jun 14, 2022 9:28 pm  
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Fordy wrote:
According to this article he turned us down to sign for Warrington and has now had enough and abandoned ship to go back home.
Looks like we got a lucky break there.

https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/warrington-wolves-release-billy-magoulias/



He may have loved it at Trin :)
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According to this article he turned us down to sign for Warrington and has now had enough and abandoned ship to go back home.
Looks like we got a lucky break there.

https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/warrington-wolves-release-billy-magoulias/



He may have loved it at Trin :)
Re: O/T Billy Magoulias Tue Jun 14, 2022 9:52 pm  
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The Warrington fans certainly didn’t warm to his performances from what I’ve read. I read he didn’t look fit too.

Maybe we dodged a bullet. I’m slowly being won over by Crowther at LF. As he’s getting more games under his belt he seems to be becoming a handy player to have in the middle. He looks to have matured physically this season and we are starting to see a player with a good engine. You can’t beat investing in your youth system.

It may take a few years with some players but it’s definitely the way forward for a club like ours.
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Re: O/T Billy Magoulias Tue Jun 14, 2022 10:29 pm  
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I guess we ended up with Whitbread instead. No complaints from me.
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Re: O/T Billy Magoulias Tue Jun 14, 2022 10:52 pm  
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I guess we ended up with Whitbread instead. No complaints from me.


Me neither. Whitbread is a workhorse with a good engine who does all the tough stuff in the middle. Hopefully he’s at trinity next season. He’s finding some form and consistency lately.
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Re: O/T Billy Magoulias Wed Jun 15, 2022 6:01 am  
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I’ve been saying it for a while now but even the NRL talent pool has dried up.

Partly because they like us don’t produce as many players as they once did. But also because the Aussie game Is bigger than ever. The NRL has more teams but also the levies below are stronger. So with a poor exchange rate the incentive to chance your arm at an ever poorer SL is less appealing.

This is especially the case for any player with a reputation, why bother unless for mega bucks. Hence the number of so called reputation players coming over here to redirect their careers or bank balances and failing.

Bringing over unknowns like we do is still a risk as even they are overpaid but at least in most cases you know they want to make a name for themselves and in most cases at least manage to be useful.

Al the same the days of picking up a real talent like Solomona is zero and not just for us but even for the big spenders like Leeds or Saints. Any player with any real NRL pedigree has no real need to come to SL now unless they are crocked and everyone in the NRL knows it.

Retaining our academy was vital and bringing through talent from it should be our number one priority. Not just because it’s mortally right but because it’s financially prudent and the best remaining path to success.
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Re: O/T Billy Magoulias Wed Jun 15, 2022 6:35 am  
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vastman wrote:
I’ve been saying it for a while now but even the NRL talent pool has dried up.

Partly because they like us don’t produce as many players as they once did. But also because the Aussie game Is bigger than ever. The NRL has more teams but also the levies below are stronger. So with a poor exchange rate the incentive to chance your arm at an ever poorer SL is less appealing.

This is especially the case for any player with a reputation, why bother unless for mega bucks. Hence the number of so called reputation players coming over here to redirect their careers or bank balances and failing.

Bringing over unknowns like we do is still a risk as even they are overpaid but at least in most cases you know they want to make a name for themselves and in most cases at least manage to be useful.

Al the same the days of picking up a real talent like Solomona is zero and not just for us but even for the big spenders like Leeds or Saints. Any player with any real NRL pedigree has no real need to come to SL now unless they are crocked and everyone in the NRL knows it.

Retaining our academy was vital and bringing through talent from it should be our number one priority. Not just because it’s mortally right but because it’s financially prudent and the best remaining path to success.

Yes, really good post this. The Dolphins are struggling to fill their roster for next year as like you say. All that happens is lower teams like West’s and Canterbury pay over the odds for players worth 2/3 of what they should be getting. Penrith I believe ( read) have the biggest and best academy over there, and they are clearly reaping the rewards of that. Leigh currently have 14 over seas players in their team. They will have to cut at least 7 of them, and obviously there is no cap in the championship either, so where will those extra players come from over here. Although I must say Queensland teams this year more so North Queensland have gone with a youthful side through their academy and have really reaped the rewards of this. The talent pool up there just seems never ending!
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Re: O/T Billy Magoulias Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:31 am  
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I think he would have been far better suited to the Trinity environment
Re: O/T Billy Magoulias Thu Jun 16, 2022 5:21 am  
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I think he would have been far better suited to the Trinity environment

By the size of him he would have definitely gone toe to toe with Pauli Pauli on the pie n pint nights out .The few games I’ve seen him play over here he looked unfit and overweight , dodged a real bullet if I’m honest not coming to wakey and will have been on a decent packet also , whitbread all the way for me .
Re: O/T Billy Magoulias Thu Jun 16, 2022 8:14 am  
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By the size of him he would have definitely gone toe to toe with Pauli Pauli on the pie n pint nights out .The few games I’ve seen him play over here he looked unfit and overweight , dodged a real bullet if I’m honest not coming to wakey and will have been on a decent packet also , whitbread all the way for me .


Sadly you can't know that. As spook said he could have found Trinity a better club for him. Players tend to get over weight and out of shape due to injuries or being unhappy where they are.

All the same I'm now very happy with Whitbread so it's academic.
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