Recruitment 2017 Warriors Recruitment Strategy and Targets

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  1. bringmethehorizon
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    ...... by round 17. This will have the fan base excited to finally end our finals drought. But an injury or two will be the excuse for the team losing the next 9 games in a row to slump to 14th position :(
     

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    If Penrith are slapping a transfer on Moylan that is a clear indication he wants out.

    I'm sure I read a post that Griffin is under pressure to keep his job, due to issues with a few players.

    For all the talent the team has their definitely not performing to under Griffin, despite making the playoffs.

    The issue with Moylan / Griffin could take months to playout.
     
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  3. Crusader26
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    No way!!!
     
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    It's hard to get a proper read on this, it was rumoured Gould was trying to clear some room under the cap to upgrade and extend the deals of Tyrone May and Dylan Edwards or risk losing them both, I don't believe Moylan dropping the captaincy necessarily means he's had a change of heart and now wants to stay it just means the water's a little more murky.

    There's obviously been enough interest for Gould to slap $250k transfer fee on any potential deal, my gut feel is with the high price on Moylan those clubs that have shown interest will wait and see if Cooper Cronk decides to play on.

    Whatever happens you sense it'll have a dominoe effect and we're one of only a few clubs that are cashed up enough to capatilise once players are forced out.
     
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  5. rugged
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    It will all be negotiated. Making a player stay who wants out seldom ends well. Remember Maloneys form in ihis last year at the Warriors after we refused him a release?
     
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    If the panthers hold him against his will they can pretty much write their season off now.
     
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    Penrith were all good with him leaving until Tyrone May did his ACL. Moylan should definitely leave. Manly or Penrith, it's a no brainer
     
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    A little insight into how the Storm go about their recruitment, maybe a few things we could look at?

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    How Melbourne Storm built their 2017 roster: Suliasi Vunivalu secret, All Black targets

    MELBOURNE’S roster was built by five men - Craig Bellamy, Darren Bell, Frank Ponissi, Paul Bunn and Peter O’Sullivan.
    It’s a list with a balanced blend of youth and experience.

    The veterans are as knowledgeable as you’ll find and the rookies don’t get any more exciting.

    It’s been years in the making and there were some tough times.

    Long gone are the days of boats and gift vouchers which left the club stripped of two premierships (2007 and 2009) and a fresh plan was put into place.

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    Searching far and wide for the most promising juniors, the Storm have unearthed some of the best the game has and will ever see.

    “We have four players from our current side who played in our 2009 NYC side,” Football director Ponissi toldfoxsports.com.au.

    “That was put together by Darren Bell.”

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    Storm players react after Billy Slater scored a try.Source: AAP
    When Bell passed away in 2011, former Brisbane list manager Bunn took over and along with Ponissi and the club has continued to thrive.

    A club with a knack for getting the best out of journey men and players others saw no value in.

    They’ve made a habit out of rebuilding careers.

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    In recent times, the focus has changed slightly.

    It’s become about future proofing and uncovering Generation Next.

    Here’s how the 17 men who’ll take the field in the grand final came to play for the Storm:

    Billy Slater

    The Innisfail product Link has been hidden. Please Register to view. and moved to Brisbane to chase the dream.

    He linked with Brisbane Norths — a feeder club for the Storm.

    “I went down to Brisbane when I was 17, just to give footy a crack and I walked into a club that was affiliated with Melbourne Storm,” Slater said.

    Suliasi Vunivalu

    The 21-year-old flyer caught buzz as a teenager playing rugby.

    With both league and union chasing his signature, recruitment officers were busy attempting to hunt down the Fijian sensation and Bunn recalls some clubs even signing the wrong player in their pursuit to land the winger.

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    “He came out of rugby in Fiji to a scholarship school in New Zealand,” Bunn said.

    “There was a stack of hype around Suli so we were quite fortunate to get him.

    “The All blacks were hunting him down because he’d been to school for two years over there (in New Zealand).

    “Once the word got out there was this big Fijian at Schoolboys level, they were hunting him down everywhere. Everyone was claiming they’d signed him but the only ones that had pen to paper were us.

    “There were a couple of other Suliasi’s signed but they were the wrong ones.”

    William Chambers

    The centre moved to Brisbane at 14 to play schoolboys football with St Joseph’s College.

    He linked with Storm feeder side Brisbane Norths and made his way into the first grade side from there.

    “Peter O’Sullivan brought him here,” Ponissi said.

    Curtis Scott

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    The 19-year-old was a standout from his early teens.

    A Cronulla junior, Scott came through the lower grades before signing a three-year-deal with the Storm at the end of 2015.

    “He was playing a year younger in SG ball for Cronulla,” Bunn said.

    “He went to watch another lad and I spotted him.

    “I told his manager, when this blokes off-contract, we’re in.”

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    Josh Addo-Carr

    Two days prior to his first grade debut with the Wests Tigers, the Storm Link has been hidden. Please Register to view.with Addo-Carr’s management.

    The club had been watching him as an NYC player with Cronulla and were impressed by his speed.

    Marika Koroibete had told the club he was switching codes and that led to them signing Add-Carr.

    Cameron Munster

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    As a 16-year-old, Munster was creating a buzz in Queensland. Playing for the CQ Capras at the age of 17, Bunn was sent footage by a friend and decided to bring him to Melbourne for a tour. A deal was done just days later and the timing couldn’t have been better.

    “A lot of interest came flooding in after we had signed him,” Bunn said. “He scored this phenomenal try on a TV game. He scored a full length of the field try after getting out of his ingoal. It went viral.”

    Cooper Cronk

    A rugby product, Cronk transitioned into rugby league. After linking with Norths, he picked up a train and trial deal with the Storm and while he could play a host of positions, was developed into a halfback.

    “He came down as multiple positions and was established as a halfback,” Ponissi said.

    Jesse Bromwich

    Bromwich signed with Melbourne in 2009. He’d played bush football the previous season when his younger brother Kenny took him to Storm training.

    “Darren signed Kenny Bromwich and Ken brought Jesse to training,” Ponissi said.

    “He said to Brad Arthur (who was coaching the NYC team), ‘my brothers a better player than me. Have you got a spot?’ and Brad said ‘bring him down to training’. That’s how it started.”


    Cameron Smith

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    Just like Slater and Cronk, the 34-year-old was running around with Brisbane Norths. Smith started out as a halfback in 2002 before moving into the hooking role the following year.

    Jordan McLean

    The 26-year-old was first picked up by Canberra in the Harold Matthews competition before the Storm signed him to play NYC.

    Felise Kaufusi

    In North Queensland, having played NYC for the Cowboys, Kaufusi’s pathway was blocked which prompted the move to the Storm.

    “Kaufusi was signed as an out and out front rower but has now become an edge backrower,” Ponissi said.

    Tohu Harris

    “Darren set up a Storm coaching clinic in Wellington,” Ponissi said.

    “Once a year we’d run a clinic for the kids and we’d identify one or two kids from the clinic. Craig Bellamy went down and that’s where we picked Tohu up.”

    Dale Finucane

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    After linking with the Bulldogs at the age of 16, it was limited minutes in the top grade which saw Finucane keen for a change of club.

    “He’s the most interesting one,” Ponissi said. “We had a massive play for him and he said no. He did it respectfully. When Justin O’Neill moved, we bought Dale Finucane. It was a list management decision. He came in so the second time (we made a play), we got him.”

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    Kenneath Bromwich

    Another of Bell’s signings, the 26-year-old Auckland product moved to Melbourne to play SG Ball as a teenager.

    “He was recruited as a scholarship kid,” Bunn said.

    “He came over for camps.”

    Tim Glasby

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    The forward was a schoolboy’s player brought to Penrith in 2008 to play Holden Cup. After two seasons, he wasn’t part of their top grade plans and decided to move to Central Queensland to be closer to home.

    Paul Minto, the father of former Knight Matt Minto, was scouting for Bunn when Glasby emerged and a deal was done at the end of 2012.

    “I brought him out of the Capras,” Bunn said.

    “He was a tough bugger. I knew a bit about him even before he went down to Penrith. He’s a good fella.”

    Nelson Asofa-Solomona

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    Just like Harris, who was identified at the club’s annual coaching clinic, Asofa-Solomona sprung onto the club’s radar.

    “He was picked up as a 14-15-year-old,” Bunn said.

    “Once he developed properly, the All Blacks came in really hard. We got a deal down and it was Nelson’s loyalty which tipped it over the edge. Nelson was very loyal to the people that found him. He was appreciative of being brought over for camps. We did a lot of trips to Wellington to lock him up.”

    Slade Griffin

    Like Asofa-Solomona, Griffin was unearthed by Bell.

    Living in Greymouth, the 26-year-old would have to travel for over an hour and a half to play a game.

    “He was actually signed as a centre,” Ponissi said.

    “He played centre as a young bloke and then at the end of his 20s career he was moved to hooker.”

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  9. InsideBall
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    Looks like we had the wrong D. Bell in charge of recruitment.
     
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    wasn't there a rumor we're going after Peter Sullivan's services?
     
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    This whole Moylan thing is bizzare, on the eve of the semis the shit hits the fan. Bad timing
     
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    Makes sense to me that he could lose a third party deal if he switches clubs.
    If the local Penrith fish and chip shop have a $250k sponsorship of him then it makes sense that they won't be interested in paying that money for someone who plays for a rival team.
     
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    Waiting For Premiership 1st Grade Fringe

    He was NEVER coming.
     
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    yeah that was kinda my point
     
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    I thought Hiku had been announced?
     
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    According to nrl.com, these are confirmed player movements for next season:

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    Zerotackle.com have included Love-Henry and also have a number of players who have been released:

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    EDIT: the herald are saying he's signed:
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    I though Vete was signed through 2018, have I got that wrong?
     
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    We’ve really let go of a lot of dead wood, it’s actually really pleasing to see.
     
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    He has. Was given a one year lifeline. Sure it was already announced...
     
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