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NZ Warriors Players item created by mt.wellington, Oct 5, 2017
To be fair he ain't the only one...
The trouble with putting Kata on the wing is that Fus is best as a winger, so he take's one winger spot, and CNK would make a better wing than Kata on the other
I think that if there's not a first grade spot for Kata next season, they'll find a way to "manage" him out of the club. You'd think that a player/center with over 60 first grade games would have learnt how to draw and pass by now or not to drift in leaving his winger in on 1 on 3 situation.
I think the expression dumb as a box full of hammers come to mind
TBF Kata is Cappys son but Mooks did play him for the Kiwis and continued selecting him.
I dont see Kata going for some reason. More than likely he'll actually partner him on the left...
The kid has ticker, no doubt about that.
Unfortunately that's just part of the equation. Not a 1st Grade footballer by any stretch of the imagination.
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Gerard Beale deal good business for Warriors
OPINION: Gerard Beale isn't the answer to the Warriors' problems, but he is part of the solution.
The 27-year-old is joining the Warriors on a three-year deal and becomes yet another Kiwi player to team up with Stephen Kearney.
His signing - confirmed by the Warriors late on Friday - has been known about for a couple of weeks and the response from Warriors fans has hardly been overwhelming.
But that is more about people's frustration with the situation at the club than it is about Beale's abilities.
There's not a single player in the NRL the Warriors could sign that would appease some of their supporters right now.
It is believed the Sharks offered him a contract for next season, but the Warriors have not only bettered that, they've also signed him up until the end of 2021.
It's doubtful that any other NRL club would have offered him such a deal, but this is the situation the Warriors face.
It was telling when another of the Warriors' targets, James Graham, spoke on the NRL 360 TV show this week on why he has chosen to go to the Dragons next year.
He wanted to go to a club where he might be able to win a title and that's not really something the Warriors can't promise anyone.
Beale has been used mainly on the wing this season at the Sharks, while he spent most of last season at centre and he can also slot in at fullback.
He'll give the club depth in all of those positions. During the back half of this season, Stephen Kearney had little choice but to put Solomone Kata, David Fusitua, Blake Ayshford and Ken Maumalo out there every week, with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad getting the odd game.
Which one of the main four names above gets moved for Beale is an interesting dilemma for Kearney and there could be other players for those positions who also come into the squad next year.
There's no need to get the "next year will be their year" cliche out for the Warriors just yet, but Beale's signing shows the club are heading back in the right direction.
But they shouldn't feel they need to make that superstar signing to win their fans back over.
They've tried that with Sam Tomkins, Roger-Tuivasa Sheck and Issac Luke and while it brought about lots of early season hype, the results have been no different.
The Warriors don't need a marquee signing to improve their prospects for next year, they need to incrementally upgrade their squad in each position and that's where Beale comes in.
He's never going to win the Dally M Medal, but Beale is a solid, versatile player with experience.
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Averaging 4 tries a season doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
Chris Anderson the former Bulldogs coach way back last century said the same thing. My problem is they class Pacific Islanders as Kiwis, which is ok, but not all Kiwis are Pacific Islanders. Subtle difference, the best example being Stacey Jones.
I think SGH said best when he suggested you don't know what you don't know.
Do you think Jesus could make Kata pass (well)
It is better to give than to hungus and burrow over
It's actually a very unimpressive average of 5 tries per season (46 tries over 9 seasons) - but expect that to drop if he finds himself playing alongside Kata who only averages 2.3 try assists each year!!!!
This from Nathan Ryan (Market Watch)
The Warriors signed Gerard Beale last week but how much was the deal worth?
We’ve been told the centre will be paid around $380,000 next season.
On balance it's probably okay, Ashfords not on big money Hiku won't be either but whether Beale deserves to be the third highest paid player in the backline is questionable.
The majority of the current backs won't come off contract until 2019, whose to say how the cards will fall over the next couple of seasons, plenty of competition there for players both for positions and future contracts which can only be a good thing.
380 isn't huge money in this day and age tbh. Probably the best centre we're going to get for that price. Particularly if he lifts the players around him through solid D and setting up his outside man.
Players should get paid more as the get older... And players relocating should get a little more as well.
I'd be interested to see who the highest paid center in the NRL is?
Please say that's not true. If so, SK is retarded and ruining our roster for years in the future if he's signing cusp of first grade/reserve grade players on those sort of overs. The sharks won a comp with him as backline reserve probably paying 150-200 max. You cant win a comp if your paying double the going rate for avg players like this as eventually you run out of money in key places like we have in prop rotation/depth. so so dumb
The salary cap at 9.5mil averages out to 316k a player. So he is hardly overpaid.
So they all get paid the average do they and its not relevant how much other clubs would pay for Beale. You should work at the warriors