But more importantly what does his wife think?
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- Thread: David Klemmer
Thats a big call. Have you watched every game of football across all grades and competitions in every state or country in 125 years you bell end!
Im not saying hes the answer going forward but fuck me that statement is rubbish.
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Market value vs paying overs vs value to playing group...
Everybody here surely knows the majority of high profile recruits don't provide value for $
Most of them flop horribly in fact.
With that in mind, can we all take a breath before we criticize this board and playing group and football staff before sticking the knife in when we miss out on an ??upgrade?? to our roster
I am by no means pro board or Pay just simply a fan who wants the success of our club to be established with a long term vision.
If a potential recruit might possibly destabilize the playing group because of a bad attitude or training practices than surely that detracts from the values Pay and staff are trying to instill within the squad.
I am backing them to get the recruitment right with a hard working, dedicated senior leadership group steering the way.
The last thing we need right now is a Hayne or Mitchell types taking up large portions of the cap sewing the seeds of doubt and contempt.
Go after the young hungry players without a chip on their shoulder. Sure pay THEM players overs to an extent. But I trust the club to be damn sure that if we do sign a once in a generation player that it will come with a once in a generation attitude and training practices.
This club is beginning to establish an identity again, and it is one to be admired not admonished. It is an identy of hard work and backing up your team mates in defence. An identity of punching above your weight and not folding because the chips are stacked against you.
The Haynes and Mitchell's of the world do not fit the mould. And at the price their types demand they should be setting the example not leaching off everyone else's hard work and stealing the glory.
This is the mould that has seen our highly touted juniors of the past step up and exceed expectations. This is the mould that has seen once average cup players put on a Bulldogs jersey and become a vital dog in the wheel. This is the mould that used to seperate us from the faders and the also rans.
This is the blueprint for the Canterbury way. Hate to say it but either fit in or fuck off!
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- Thread: Why Turvey deserted the Bulldogs
7th Tackle: Why Turvey deserted the Bulldogs
There was also plenty of pantomime high up in the grandstand, where Bulldogs powerbrokers watched aghast at what should have been the club’s most embarrassing defeat in years.
In fact, some simply refused to risk witnessing it. Around 10 minutes into the second half, when Newcastle grabbed the lead, arguably the greatest Bulldog of them all – Steve Mortimer – left the ground.
“I just couldn’t keep watching,” he told us. “It was upsetting me too much.”
Mortimer (R) with fellow Canterbury great Terry Lamb. Image: Getty
The scoreboard wasn’t the source of Mortimer’s pain. Instead, it was the team’s inability to post points. For one of the most gifted playmakers of his generation, it was too much to bear.
“We just didn’t create anything on their try line,” Mortimer said. “There was no set plays, no moves to create space on the outside.”
Mortimer left so early that he arrived home in time to watch the final five minutes from his lounge room.
“It was great they got the win, and great for Josh Reynolds to leave Belmore a winner,” Mortimer said. “I was very happy for him. But there are a lot of issues that the final scoreboard hid.”
Mortimer (R) in his heyday. Image: Getty
Mortimer stood down from the club’s board late last year after a public critique of coach Des Hasler.
Hasler cannot defend the team’s attack – the worst in the NRL. But he is satisfied with its defence, which ranks seventh. What’s more, the Bulldogs have conceded more tries from kicks than any other team, meaning their line is particularly difficult to breach.
Hasler believes just one more try per game would make all the difference. As demonstrated in the opening 20 minutes of Sunday’s game, the Bulldogs are creating enough chances. They just aren’t making the right choices to capitalise.
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- Thread: CHN and Okunbor de-registered
- Thread: Clean out has commenced
I’m telling you we are very lucky to have Chris Anderson back at the club. Anderson has won a premiership with the dogs as a player and also coached us to a premiership, only he and the late great Steve Folkes have done that. Anderson is a smart cookie, a two time premiership winning coach, former Australian test coach and has tonnes of experience in rebuilding a club.
When Anderson took over in 1990, a stack of experienced players left the club at the end of that year, the likes of Langmack, Farrar, Gillespie, Tunks, Alchin, Thomas etc, Tony Currie left at the end of 88, Steve Mortimer retired and the rebuild in 1991 was well and truly underway. Young kids like Polla-Mounter, Gillies, Pay, Reardon, Relf, McCracken, J & D Smith we’re brought through and the team was built around Lamb. A couple of years later we we’re minor premiers in 93 & 94 and won the comp in 95.
Let’s not forget what Anderson brought to Melbourne. He helped start up the Storm and won them the comp in 99.
If there is anyone we need right now, it’s Anderson. The bloke has been working around the clock snapping up young guns from all over the Country. Pay won’t die wondering having Anderson there mark my words. The only way is up fellas. It may not come over night but it will come. Beware of the wounded dog!!Last edited: Jun 5, 2018
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- Thread: Luke Thompson Signs for 2021
Luke Thompson has decided to move on from the club when his contract expires at the end of the 2020 season.
Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus stated:
“We were informed last week that Luke has decided to join Canterbury Bulldogs next season.
“We accept and totally respect Luke’s decision and wish him nothing but success in his career and in his life. We are absolutely sure that he will be absolutely committed to the Club and to his teammates for the rest of this season.
“There’s no hiding from the fact that this is a bitter disappointment to all of us as Luke has been connected to the Club since the age of 11 and has developed into an absolute top player at 24 years old.
“If ever he decides to return to England and to Super League then there would be a red carpet waiting for him at St.Helens.”
Thompson is a product of the Saints Academy having been at the club since the age of 11.
The 24-year-old has made 158 appearances for the Saints scoring 25 tries and has won three League Leaders’ Shields in 2014, 2018 and 2019 as well as two Super League Grand Final rings in 2014 and more recently in 2019 – in a game which he took home the Harry Sunderland Trophy.
He will look to add to that record in 2020 as he sees out the final year of his contract with the club
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- Thread: Update on heart operation
The surgeon found 2 holes in my heart that no one knew about. So he fixed them.
Surgeon decided I was too young to have a valve replacement so did a repair.
Operation lasted about 5 hours.
Was in ICU for about a day, 6 of those hours were waiting for a bed in the cardiac ward.
I got out of hospital on Monday, 1 week after the operation.
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- Thread: Kieran Foran
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how frigging good this bloke was today!!
Even the commentators on Fox said it's the best game they've seen him play in years (and he did so with a calf cork for 60 minutes).
The no fear attacks right up to the line, and taking 3-4 big blokes over the line with him, he seems hungry.
THIS .. Ladies and Gentleman is the Kieran Foran that everyone who had faith in him, knew was lurking beneath the injuries.
Now the scary part is he can get much better than today too.
Forming links with Napa and CHN and I'd say Meaney out the back real soon, he's going to really fire for us moving forwards.
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I'm going to try not to ramble, but here it goes.
About a week ago from today, the story about the Sharks' potential salary cap breach was published by Buzz Rothfield on the DT and quickly spread to social media. On the eve of Finals footy, the integrity of the NRL was questioned ONCE AGAIN as another potential CHEATING SCANDAL made national headlines. That rang the alarm bells to a lot of spectators, and I saw a lot of people ranting on social media about how corrupt the NRL is, and how they aren't going to watch the Finals series with a top 4 team potentially cheating again. A legitimate issue for the NRL. Keep in mind, these 'league-specialist' journos like Kent and Rothfield need the NRL to be popular in order for them to generate clicks and make money for their employer. If people think a top 4 team is cheating, they aren't likely to watch the games. Look at the NBA for instance, the viewing numbers are significantly lower because of the way that Golden State has paid overs in the luxury tax. People think it's rigged, so they stop watching. The same thing can easily happen in the NRL.
With that in mind, if everybody was focused on the Sharks' scandal leading into the Finals, the NRL and the RL media would be in a bad spot. They needed a team that was completely unrelated to the Finals to come out and do something so that they could blow it out of proportion and divert everybody's attention away from another potential cheating scandal, and onto something less related to the actual footy. I believe that the media sent people out to various Mad Monday camps in an attempt to create a story like this, as we've seen photos of both Manly's camp and the Dogs' camp and this story is the outcome.
The reality of the situation is that footy players are just blokes who use their athleticism to put money on the table for their families. Their contract obligations include playing games, attending charity/fan events, turning up to training and adhering to the law (not getting involved in abuse charges, drug charges etc.). If a player adheres to all of that, they're holding up their end of the contract.
The season had finished, the boys got loose and did some stupid/funny shit. They didn't go out before a game and do this, they didn't do it mid-season, THE PLAYER DIDN'T record it and post it everywhere. The MEDIA WENT TO THEM, got to leverage points around the venue and in a very stalker-like manner, took photos of these blokes nude in a private function and posted it on social media. Now if the players bashed someone, verbally abused someone or went onto a main street in the city I could understand. But they didn't. They had fun in their own section, did some weird shit and called it a night, the media are the ones who turned it into something more.
Watch this story about Adam Elliott:
He's one of the Bulldogs who does A LOT for both his own community, the Sydney community, and the youth. It'd be great to see this on the front page, but we won't. Because the media aren't interested in stories that spread positivity. Only the opposite.
We had Fifita get on a podcast over the past few weeks and have foul-mouthed rants about NRL personalities and journalists, where's the Sharks' fine? Fifita publicly supported a one-punch killer IN AN NRL GAME and threatened a junior RL referee. We've had MUCH WORSE with half as much media attention.
If the Women's Rugby League team did the same, hired out a bar and had photos taken of them from a dodgy vantage-point across the street while they were nude, the photographer/journo wouldn't even have his job. This fake outrage in 2018 is amusing, no real man who has been apart of a bender would ever get angry because another group of mates did the same. We should have a laugh and move on, yes it got messy but it wasn't malicious. Just a couple of lads having some fun to relax after a tough season.Last edited: Sep 5, 2018
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- Thread: The Rebuild
After a horrible start to the season and with all of the outrage of the cap situation, things are definitely looking up with the way the team has performed and who has been unearthed this season.
The new regime has done a masterful job at so quickly getting out of previous bad deals and making some shrewd signings with what little money was left..
Pay deserves more credit as the year goes on. The players have been playing as hard as they can every week. There's a passion and joy within the squad that had been sorely lacking for the whole Destatorship.
Now results are coming as more players are given an opportunity. Pay and Hill and everyone else have done more with less in one year than what Hasbeen and Dud did for the last 5 years while wasting millions of dollars and letting go of our best prospects.
Full credit to all involved and to get the club in a positive direction in such a short space of time. We should at least contend for a top 8 spot next season which is a miracle considering the state the club was left in.
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- Thread: Little Drummer Boys
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