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News Adam Elliott backs young Bulldogs Jake Averillo and Renouf To’omaga to have breakout 2020 seasons

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  1. TwinTurbo

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    I just don't buy this "conservative" spiel. Playing Smith on the wing would be "conservative", playing him at centre is taking a chance. Playing Holland at centre would be "conservative", replacing him with an NRL level winger (refer Smith example) or a centre with only couple of NRL games (say, Harper) is hardly conservative. Playing a winger with only a handful of NRL games (say, Okunbor) is hardly conservative.

    Perhaps we should wait until the team for Round 1 is announced then we can come back to what is conservative and what isn't. Right now in a 5 person backline no matter who is picked only 2 could remotely be considered conservative, being Hopoate and DWZ.

    FWIW the only thing a coach should "be worried about" is winning games, everything else falls into place when that is accomplished.

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  2. Prison Mike

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    Someone who hasn't came close to having a breakout season having an opinion / placing expectations on younger players... Yep well done Elliot
     
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    To be honest with you Kap, the ‘conservative’ approach to selections is a bit of a myth cooked up by a vocal minority of fans. I don’t think there’s been a single member of our Top 30 in the past 2 seasons aside from Zac Saddler who hasn’t been given a crack at some point.

    With that said - I’m sure a number of those names you’ve listed above will get a chance in first grade this year. Wakeham, Averillo, Tass in particular.
     
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  4. Prison Mike

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    Smith wing Averillo centre would be better
     
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  5. 187

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    Yeah let’s toss our 2019 Peponis Medal winner in reserve grade for Round 1 of 2020
     
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  6. DogsOfWar1704

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    Wouldn’t drop hoppa for anyone. We need him!
     
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  7. 187

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    I won’t be reading too much into Nines form. Completely different ball game. A mediocre player can flourish in Nines footy as long as they’ve got a bit of toe.

    Though if he tears them apart in a proper trial then Deano may be forced into giving him a shot in Round 1
     
  8. Squash the Berries!

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    Personally never rated him since Manly days, never recaptured his form before praying for two years and have never forgotten when he refused to play on Sunday. Should have pissed him off at that stage.

    Its not liked we've had major success with him in the team, plus I suspect he is on big money which could be better spent elsewhere.

    I'm a big fan of Okunbor and want him back in FG on the wing hence Smith to centre with young gun Averillo.

    Then Hoppa may get the shits and leave before 30 June.

    But hey lets stick to the same old selections and not try something different to change our fortunes around.
     
  9. KLil

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    Your not wrong though one can still see potential in any form of the game. I'm not necessarily calling for it right away but more so in the NRL down the line, maybe a year or so.
     
  10. KLil

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    Hoppa isn't the prettiest player but his a footballer and a leader... You definitely need these guys around, especially at this stage of the rebuild.
     
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  11. Squash the Berries!

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    Their all footballers and as for the rebuild I’m not seeing it or maybe I’m one of those old bastards who thinks he knows best.
     
  12. DoggyStyla

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    Let’s have a circle jerk
     
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  13. KLil

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    You senile old man... :tonguewink: Dogs will come good, I'm predicting 2022 onwards and will be back to the force we once were. Right now its more about patience than anything, enjoying the theatre of some young guns coming through and watching the club mould a cracker team.
     
  14. Squash the Berries!

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    Who r the Dogs?
     
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  15. KiwiDog7

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    If we finish 14-16 is pays dick still in your mouth?

    I do agree 9th he keeps his job
     
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  16. TwinTurbo

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    Another one who can’t discuss the topic and just resorts to personal insults.

    Go Dogs
     
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  17. KiwiDog7

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    My bad
     
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  18. KLil

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    Mighty Mighty Bulldogs?
     
  19. flamebouyant

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    Fuck me, you really love to give it to this guy dont you. Do you all honestly think that he goes searching for reporters just to talk? It's obvious the club recognizes hi as a good representative of the club, and make him do these interviews. But sure, kick him in the guts all the same.
     
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    That means Okunbour misses out. Personally, ge is a must. If he gets tha handling errors out of his game he will be a weapon!!
     

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