Discussion in 'Knights signings and rumoured signings' started by Billy, Nov 13, 2016.
Make us look like the knights of old? Useless hands aku?
Grub but competitive and got 2 legs. Yes.
Feldt pales in comparison to Skiddsy. He was making multiple handling errors in First Grade when Feldt was a youngster merely dreaming of fumbling at the highest level.
Reynolds cops alot of stick but regardless of what jersey he has on he'd give it his all on the field, which is an admirable trait
For the right price and the right price being not alot, sure
article from the Herald about the future of Gagai.
Nothing new except he has had interest from other clubs.
Buying Reynolds would be going back to the days of Tyrone. He's a second fiddle half that relies on finding chances to run through the gaps & space created off the back of the massive Bulldogs forward pack. Lamb would also need to find his kicking game big time.
I've usually got an open mind with players we've been going after of late... But this would be an absolute howler. The guy is well off the pace lately. He's hated by his own fans. They'd be laughing at us in the same way we laughed at Manly signing Aku.
Aku actually been going good!!
Making breaks off kick returns, offloading to set up tries, scoring tries, catching the ball.
Fyi guys if we keep waiting for a superstar to sign and it doesnt happen... what will we say then? Let me guess ohh well least they tried hard? Seems to be the theme
He really has. And I'm pleased for him. But at the time we were laughing hard at Manly for snapping him up. Especially considering we got Buhrer as part of the deal
Was a good deal for both clubs. Some players need a change to find their form again. I doubt Uate would have found it here again.
I don't mind if they sign SKD.
But this isn't that first signing that is going lead to the rest of the dominoes falling.
Brown and Aku clashed.
Aku has always been "high maintenance" and Brown is not a fan of that at all.
This is a promising article that just came out today, you'd hope this means he's staying himself:
Exclusive: Dane Gagai’s sales pitch to lure big fish to Newcastle Knights
WHEN Dane Gagai was brought down to Newcastle in 2012 he didn’t think much of the Hunter city.
He flew down for one day to meet then-Knights coach Wayne Bennett and take a look around, to see if the club was a good fit for his blossoming career.
He umm’d and ahh’d, but eventually gave in to the lure of playing under supercoach Bennett.
Gagai admits he almost never returned to Newcastle. And it was a bizarre mistake from the club that almost cost them a future representative star.
“When I came here they actually didn’t take me to the nicest part in Newcastle and I was only here for the day,” Gagai told foxsports.com.au.
“I didn’t know too much about Newcastle to be honest, I didn’t think it was the nicest place.
“I was contemplating what I wanted to do and I said I’ll give it a shot, I’ll play under Wayne, can’t go wrong there.
“Then when I got here a few of the boys took me down to Merewether and I thought they should probably bring players down this way a bit more.
“Show them the nicer side to Newcastle; it’s such a good town and the fans are unbelievable.”
Gagai’s sales pitch
While Gagai was far from rapt with Newcastle upon first inspection, he’s grown in love with the steel city in the five years since packing up and shipping south from Brisbane.
And it’s that lifestyle the Origin star says the NRL club should be using to sell the famous blue and red strip to prospective recruits.
Without the lure of the game’s most experienced coach, and with a dearth of on-field success in recent seasons, the sales pitch may be in danger of falling short.
But Gagai says Newcastle the city is enough of an attraction to lure quality to the football club.
After all, it’s worked its charm on him.
“I guess it’s what type of lifestyle you want to live, and you want to be happy outside of footy as well,” Gagai explained.
“That’s when most players play their best, when they’ve got a lot of things going right for them outside footy, and I find Newcastle a nice place to live.
“It’s chilled, I’ve taken up surfing since I’ve been here, and I’ve always loved the beach, loved the water.
“The positive is you don’t have the traffic to contend with, or high mortgages and big rents.
“A lot of the boys like playing golf and we’ve got some good quality golf courses in Newcastle.
“Down at the beach at the Surfhouse there’s a nice view right on the water where you can grab some lunch and a coffee.
“It’s a nice part of the world to live, that’s for sure.”
In Browny we trust
Coach Nathan Brown was handed a grenade when he took the reins of Newcastle last year, but he’s been working tirelessly to put things right.
The salary cap is under control and the club is now focusing on recruiting some high-end talent to the NSW central coast.
So far they’ve landed young gun Kalyn Ponga.
But on the flip side the Knights have missed out on the signatures of Test prop Matt Scott and premiership utility Jack Bird by the skin of their teeth.
Whatever Brown and the recruitment team is trying to achieve, Gagai says the playing group has total faith in the direction the club is heading.
That faith has been nurtured through the recruitment of lesserlight players, rather than the big names that have slipped the net.
“We obviously believe in what Browny’s doing and the people he’s brought in,” Gagai said.
“You’ve got to remember he brought in Mitch Barnett who wasn’t a full-time first grader (at Canberra), and now he’s in our starting side and he’s one of our best players.
“He’s done that with a couple of players — not just Mitch Barnett, but he’s brought Brendan Elliott, Jamie Buhrer, Rory Kostjasyn who brings a lot of leadership and brings out the best in our younger players.
“He looks at the whole package, so when he does bring in a player that’s playing well for us it does give you confidence for the future.”
Landing the big fish
Matt Scott and Jack Bird are out of the picture — signed by the Cowboys and Broncos respectively, having dodged Newcastle’s pursuits.
But that isn’t stopping Brown and the Knights going after that elite signing.
Kiwi halfback Kieran Foran is the latest off-contract star said to be in the club’s sights, and Brown admitted this week he’s met with the Warriors playmaker.
Gagai says landing that “big fish” would be a coup for the club and a shot in the arm for a playing group trying their heart out each week.
“It is good when you do sign those key players, you do get excited for it. When you do get those key signings it obviously boosts the confidence in the team,” he said.
“Not only that, when you bring in a key player it means there’s another position taken so it makes the playing group stronger because people want to keep playing in the NRL, it makes your club stronger.
“It’s no surprise (Foran is) a world-class player, he’s been proving that since he’s been back in the NRL.
“He’s a quality player and would add a lot of value to any team he goes to.”
Whether Foran signs with the Knights or not, Gagai knows Brown is the man to lead the proud Hunter club into a new era of success.
I wonder how many kg he would lose if he didn't have that massive penis hanging off his forehead? If they could remove that, maybe he could see the ball to catch it too
According to James Hooper Widdop will re-sign with the Dragons so cross him off the list I guess
As I've mentioned before, I'd take him in a heartbeat.
Bit tough saying he's another Tyrone, i know who I'd rather have beside me when the chips are down. As for the second fiddle? Sounds like an upgrade on Hodkinson
With Foran, Townsend & Widdop seemingly off the list now looks like it's either Tyrone, Reynolds or Frawley .......
I'd only take Tyrone if we could get him now, could use him at fullback
If Foran hasn't signed, why are the Knights not matching whatever they are offering. Surely it isn't much more than 1 mill a season and FFS we need a top shelf half.
Even if we don't get him we need to put our hat in the ring. But, Brown did meet with him to sound him out. SO maybe the message was he wants Sydney and Sydney only.
Apparently Tigers now looking at Reynolds.
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