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"Who had the best off-season?" 2021 NRL Team Changes - Episode 107

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I run through all 16 NRL teams additions and losses ahead of the 2021 NRL Season. I rank them from best to worst addressing what problems they've addressed successfully and what still leaves room to be desired.

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Cheers. He settle. Hello andwelcome back to the on the ball podcast. This episode a hundred and seven ofthe show and we're back here again to discuss. Well, actually,we're not back here again. I can't really just say that when we haven'ttalked about the sport since last October, I don't think. And that isthe rugby league we'll be talking about, the National Rugby League today. IsWell, if you don't know what it is, yeah, I can't reallyhelp explain it to you. Maybe just look it up. But yeah,it's sport. Rugby League, one of Australia's biggest domestic competitions, and thisyear I'm going to be trying to put more emphasis on the NRL and AFLseasons. I'm going to be at the moment it's just a concept as theseasons haven't started, but I'm going to be hoping to do a weekly AFLand NRL episode, hopefully with weekly guests as well. For the NRAL,I'm likely going to be getting my dad and brother on to discuss and thenfa fell, probably just mate. So the NRL season starts on the eleventhMarch, I believe, which is next week, next Thursday starts with thestorm versus the Rabbit Os, I think, which I will be going to,and then the AFL starts the following weekend. So these AFL and NRELepisodes are going to be starting to come thick and fast at you. Butyeah, it's been a little while since my last episode, but I'm backinto a rhythm now. I've got UNIBACK UP, works back up, sohopefully we'll start to be able to get a schedule going for weekly, wellmore than weekly episodes, looking at two or three a week. So todaywe're going to be looking at the offseason transactions in the NL. I've rankedthem from one to sixteen, is to WHO's had the best offseason in termsof player recruitment and player losses. So, yeah, I'm just going to beI'm going to start. We'll go worst to best. Actually will saythe best to last, and I'm sure I'll be able to chop that up. So if you want to just skip to the best, feel free toskip through to that or you can watch the clip on Youtube or tick tockor something. Well, that's another thing we've started at Tick Tock. Soif you would like to go and like that and go follow that. Idon't know much about tick tock but I thought I'd just give it a cracktry and increase the exposure of the podcast. So, starting with number sixteen,I haven't taken into a cat into account resignings. Thought about it butI thought they would just make things a bit more confusing. So I'm juststrictly looking at gains and losses here and some teams I'm also looking at whatthey needed, if they addressed it or not. Another teams I'm just lookingat exactly the gains and losses. So number sixteen might be a little bitharsh, but I'm going to Brisbane Broncos. There's a huge question mark here withCameron Smith. He has not yet decided where he's going to play.I it's all but confirmed that he's not...

...going to be playing at the stormand it now looks between the Broncos and the titans. And the new rulechange that players can move clubs all the way up until August has basically basicallysays that he doesn't have to make his choice till that. So that wouldbe an interesting situation if you didn't choose till August who he's going to playfor. But I think Brisbane's a likely candidate. I just think it wouldbe cool to seeing out of the Times because I think then all of asudden they'd be a genuine top for contender. But I think Brisbane, they wouldprobably explain why they've been so quiet in this transfer window. All thisI probably will call it transfer windows a soccer fan, but you know whatI mean. So looking at their games, they've gained David Meadendale Copley. Look, I don't even know if they're going to be starting for them.At best they will just be on the wing. Copley might play in thecenters, but they they're pretty decent outside backs anyway. So strange signings.And John Asada is coming down from North Queensland, who I think is alittle bit of an overrated player really. I'm not sure about that ball playingprop sort of style he plays. Maybe he moves into a lock and Carriganmoves into the prop. That would make a bit more sense, but Istill think he's got to run a bit harder and focus a little bit lesson the playmaking. At times he'd legit does play like a half when sometimesout of your forward pack you do need a bit more running, so hewill probably be in the starting thirteen. Not sure about Copley and mead.And then they've lost diris boyd to retirement, Dave feed are the big one,to the Gold Coast Titans, and then they've also lost Jack Bird andAndrew McCulloch and Joe off I hangwy so, quite a few starting players. They'reobviously Jack Bird, he's a big name, but you can't be tooharsh on the broncos because he hardly got on the park for them through injury. Dave if feed is the big loss that was announced last year, andJoe Hoff and Gwy yes, he hasn't mean I was good last few years, but he out at stages. He was one of the better forwards inthe game. Andrew McCulloch as well. We kind of knew he was goingto be moved on. But yeah, it's not great either. So itjust in terms of looking at their starting thirteen, to me they're they've lostthree or four players and they've only put in Asiata who's might not even start. He might be a bench player at best. So if they don't bringin Can Smith, I think they've had a pretty awful offseason and when youconsider what they needed to do after last year, it's pretty harrowing. SoI kind of respect what they're doing by just simply putting faith in the youngguns, blokes like testing, you, Jordan Ricky and stuff like that.But yeah, if they for a big club, if they want success thisyear, I think they've not really addressed many issues that they have. Movingit to fifteen, this is on the other side of the bronchos in termsof ability, but the Camber raiders. So I'm I've been a bit harshon a few of the big teams, but keep in mind that they don'treally need to make too many changes because they were great it last year andthe raiders are one of those teams.

If we're looking at their main INSand outs, they've brought in Kayla bacons from the Panthers, Ryan James fromthe Titans and they've lost John Bateman, Nick Cottrick and Michael Oldfield, themain people of note. Ryan James is a good inn obviously hasn't played thelast couple seasons due to injuries. KAYLA ACONS, he won't play because itshawns unless he plays in the outside backs, but he would just be a solidback up there and big loss of John Bateman. For me I hadthem like middle table and then I remembered how big of a lost John Batemanwill actually be. So he's gone, and then niche, Nick Cot trick. I actually don't think it's that big of a loss because I do thinkblokes who play on the wing or in the center or centers is important,but especially the wingers. They're a little bit more expendable. Like he's agood player and stuff, but I think it's not going to completely ruin theteam, if you know what I mean. And Mike Wildfield was just kind ofa utility depth player. But yeah, huge, awesome John Bateman. Yes, they've brought in Ryan James, but with the injury cloud over hishead over the last few years, we're not sure if you're still the sameplayer that he once was. So hard to see too many improvements to thestarting thirteen for the raiders, but it has to be said anythink they neededtoo many improvements. Obviously Josh Hodgson will be back, so it will beinteresting to see what they do with blokes like starling, who had a prettygood year last year. It's going to be tough to see him get toomany games this year, but we'll see how they tackle that one up inCanberra. And that be fourteen. I've got the Melbourne storm once again there. I'm not saying they're going to be bad by any means, but justhaven't really brought in anyone off. Know they brought in George Jennings and ReemSmith. Both probably warrant start. They might, who knows, bit likelast year and they're blocks like Brinco Lei Paul Momrosky, just playing a couplegames here or there. So they might be in that sort of situation.I'm sure melne storm will get everything they can out of those two players becausethat's what they seem to do. But yeah, not really huge in's arethey? And they've Lost Tina for Sulm Lowe, Paul Momerrosky obviously wasn't reallythere, he was online and then they all stow as see Univalu, whoI think was a good player, but I do think it was a littlebit overrated. But yeah, I think Tino Facilm alow he's a pretty bigloss. I think he has a big future in the game and I'm quitesurprised the storm let him go. They usually just let the expendable guys gowho they've got the most out of. But I do think for Silm allowsan interesting release from them. Well, obviously it might not have been theirchoice, who might have just been his. So yeah, not really any notableINNS and a few big losses. I Guess Harry grants coming back fromhis loan spell to the Tigers, so I guess that's an Inn. Butthen also, if you look, Cameron Smith is in out. And Yeah, so not too many changes for the storm in terms of starting thirteen.In terms of predictions, I'm not going to talk too much about predictions thisepisode because I'm going to be looking to do one, hopefully with my dad, maybe my brother as well, or maybe just by myself, in thenext few days before the season starts. So stay tuned for that one indeed. Next up in number thirteen, I've...

...got the St George Laire dragons.They are a tough side to judge. With their offseason signings they've brought inDaniel Alviro, who one point was a pretty good front row he's kind ofgone by the wayside in recent years. Was Struggling to get game time whenon loan to the warriors and now he's ended up at the dragons. JackBird, he was obviously once a very good player played to date of origin, has struggled with the injury. I still I do think he will bea very good play. It's just whether you can stay on the park.They've also bought in poet Powassa from a sully from the roosters who went onloan to the Warriors, and also Andrew McCulloch from the broncos. But Yeah, interesting to see. So not too many good inns there, nothing outrageous, but pretty handy ins as well. But then I think they had somebig losses. Tyson frazil going to the nights. I think that's a fairlybig loss. Obviously James Graham retired halfway through the season last year. Theylost Jacob host, they'll tim laughyre, they els, Jason sobbed just andsay a La Corban Sims, who are all kind of there, are thereaboutson the bench, and they also lost you and a can, who Ithink was a pretty underrated player at the dragons. So quite a few losses, not too many that will damage the starting thirteen, except for maybe TysonFrazel, but yeah, a lot less depths and I just don't think theybrought board in as many players they should have or the kind of talent thatthey needed to do. Think they have a lot of salary cap tied inwith Ben Hunt and Corey Norman. But yeah, interest to see how thedragons go this year. Number Twelve, I've got the Penrith Panthers, onceagain a team not too active in the offseason but obviously don't really need to. They brought in the likes of Matt Eyes and whooth from the Tigers.If you don't know that, tigers are my team, so I'm not abiased fan. If anything, I'm actually usually the other way and I'm usuallytoo harsh on the Tigers. But thought I'd put a bit of Day Careon the ironing board today. If you're hearing, if you're listening to thePODCAST, I've just got West Tigers dreadlocks and the Shri Lankan cricket had onthe on the board. Anyway, back to that. They've also got RobertJennings from the Tigers. They've also got my Morowsky from the Tigers, Jamesand Salmon from the paramount eels, Scott Sorrenson from the coronal sharks. Sonone of those guys are probably going to start for them. They bought aline might not even get on the bench. Momrovsky might start, actually I thinkhe's a pretty good player. But they have stacked outside backs, dothe Penrith Panthers. I don't see too many of any of them starting really, barring injuries. So they've just added a bit of depth. They're interms of losses. They've Lost Caleb Akins, as I mentioned, to back upfull back from last year. They ells Dane Laurie, who was alsoa bit of a backup full back. They Lost Josh Ben Sword of theRabbit Os. They lost James Tamo to the Tigers. That's a pretty bigloss. They Lost Jack Heatherington, who was on loan out anyway, andthey lost say in Teevano, which I...

...actually thinks a big out. Hewas a really good player off the bench. He's gone over to the Super Leagueand deem Varre has gone to south of France for the Catalans Dragon.So quite a few losses there. None that will harm the starting thirteen toomuch, but just a little bit of a loss of depth and there insaren't really going to have an impact too much on the starting side, butthey're obviously in a great position with the amount of young talent they have ineleven. I've got my West Tigers. I think this is the tough oneto call. Actually, when I think of the Tigers offseason just as afan, I think is one of the worst, but when you actually justlook at it in terms of in writing, it's actually not that bad. They'vebrought in Jeoffe Hen Gawy from the Broncos, Dan Laura from the PanthersJames Roberts from the Rabbit Os. They've also brought in James Tamo from thepen of Panthers and Stefano, you Tockomanu from the paramount of eels. Tamo, he's going to be an instant started. He's already been made captain. Ithink that's a pretty good signing. James Roberts will pretty much guaranteed start. GERALFE and Gawi will probably come up the bench. I would guess.Dane Lourie is rumored to be starting. People are saying he's a Bolter forthe fullback spot in round one, which would be very exciting to see.He's very good talent. Toma Mown. That was only release announced the lastcouple days. I think that's a good signing. It sounds like I'm just, you know, getting excited over not much, but any he's limited appearanceoff the bench for the rabbit as I thought he was pretty impressive last year. And then Stefana. You takeman who he is a highly touted youngster,so excited to see what he can do. In terms of losses, we've LostJosh Alloway. That's a actually I think that's a pretty big loss.I think he will be a pretty good player when he gets into the primeof his career. He's gone to the manly seagulls all of a clerk release. Matt Eisenhowse Gone. Not Big losses there. Harry Grant's obviously gone backto Melbourne. I'm not really judging that too much in terms of a lossof the Tigers because you only was on loan, but that will leave abig hole in the middle of the park for the tags. Robert Jennings gone, Chris Lauren's gone, Benjie Marshall Gone, Sam macintire gone, Chris Mc QueenGone, Josh Reynolds Gone, a larger tailor gone, Paul Mo Morowskygone. So it sounds like a lot of names there, but from atigers fan who watches them every week, most of those guys either weren't gettingpicked anyway, like Elijah Tailor, or they were actually on the fringe andjust weren't performing that well blocks like Sam Mac tie, Chris Lawrence. Theyweren't really doing much. And Benjie Marshall for some reason like he's the legendof the game, my favorite player ever probably, but he wasn't great lastyear. I didn't care. You see these occasional highlights once a month ofhim doing a great Trisis, but the media never talks about he's missed tackles, the amount of tries he concedes, he makes the outside backs outside himdefend poorly, basically because they're caught in two minds whether it's to protect Benjie. So I actually don't think that's a big loss at all for the Tigerspersonally. So yeah, Josh Alois probably...

...the biggest loss there. Obviously HarryGrant, but I'm not really counting that as lost too much. So yeah, I think it's probably about level in terms of their team last year inthis year it's just going to rely on they're just going to be praying ona few guys just sprouting really blows, like Tommy till our Adam Dewey andlike Jacob little. So I don't think they've necessarily got better or worse,but yeah, interesting offseason for the Tigers. Next up I've got north Queensland.Very opposite to the Tigers in the fact that they've hardly been involved inanything at all, which is interesting for a team that had a pretty poorseason last year and didn't show too many signs of upward improvement. They reallythere. Only signing of done is lock them bear from the Warriors, lockon Burth, sorry but I think I think he's a pretty good player.He might be able to do a job. Nothing outrageous, though. And then, in terms of losses, they lost our see Arta to the Broncos, Gavin Cooper's retired, Tom oppertuck went to the PARAMATTA eels. So notreally anything of note they're either. So just a pretty much a neutral offseasonfor the cowboys. Not many losses, not many gains, but in termsof the fact that they needed quite a few players to improve on last year. Probably a little bit underwhelming for cowboys fans out there. Next up we'vegot the Sydney roosters. In terms of Inns, Adam Kuren and Joseph Sali, Kuran's probably just going to be a backup player. So waly obviously ahighly touted youngster. They're just got exemption for him the other day to playin the NL this year just by not being eighteen years old, so that'sexciting. And then they've lost kyl flunning into the bulldog. Sonny Bill obviouslywent back to Union, Ryan Hall has gone back, Pulasa farmer Suli wentto the dragons and Mitch Allbuson retired. So, similar to the cowboys,not too many INS or out. It's nothing ridiculous. Flanagin, in termsof the team structures, a bit of a big out, but I thinkpeople could do his role from last year fairly decently. So I don't thinkthat's the biggest out personally, and that everyone else was kind of just afringe player. So yeah, I've got the roosters in at the ninth bestoffseason at for the two thousand and twenty one season. All right, movinginto the top eight offseasons of the two thousand and twenty one nurl season.Next up I've got the CHRONOLA Sutherland Sharks. Very similar to the cowboys and theroosters. Just not many INS or out. So basically not a netgame or a net loss in terms of the squad ability. Just a solidoffseason. They gained aiden tollman from the bulldogs, who will probably start,and they lost Jason Kuria and Scott Srens, and so not really anything impressive thereor anything to note. Yeah, not really anything else to add reallyfor the sharks. Would probably talk more about their season in the predictions episodecoming up next week. paramatter I've got in its seventh, probably one ofthe higher ranked teams that were highly positioned in the ladder last year. I'vegot them in at seventh. They have...

...a lot of INS and outs,like the Tigers do, but to be honest, not too many big namesgoing either way. They brought and Bryce Cartwright, who is a big name, but I don't think it's going to have too much impact on their team. I think he's likely just going to be a bench player. It's Ithink it's a smart signing. Like I obviously don't really agree too much withsome of the things he's done in his life, but I think it's asmart signing in the fact that it's just a bit of a win win really. He's probably not a much money. If he goes back to his formerform of like two thousand and sixteen twenty seventeen, well then that's a beautifulsigning for the EELS. If not, you just cut him next year.It's all good. They've brought in Keegan hip grave from the titans, whoI think is a pretty good signing. He's a very loose unit, butI think that's not necessarily a bad thing for the paramatter. EELS here probablycome off the bench. They've added Michael Oldfield, who's probably just there fora bit of just a bit of outside back depth, the same as TomUpper check. They've also brought in Isaiah Papai from the warriors. He willprobably just find himself on the bench, I'd say, and they have alsobrought in Nathaniel Roach from the warriors who will probably just be a backup hookerfor Reid Marney. Are The losses? Daniel L Varro, once again,it didn't play last year. Got loaned out. So not really big loss. Andrew debut went to the seagulls. He didn't have too much impact lastyear. Cane Evans went to the warriors, but they've kind of replaced that benchroll. Dry Field went to the Super League, which is an interestingmaneuver. He's was just kind of the backup half. He'd played a couplegames here or there. George Jenning went to the storm, David Gwa retired, James Salmon went to the pain of panthers. Tucker Rani went to theHull Kingston Rovers and you Takamani went to the tig so not really any startersbeing lost there, just a lot of bench and depth players. So yeah, I think overall fairly decent offseason for them. They've added a couple ofbench pieces and a few guys big upside like hip grave and cartwright and POPPALee, but not really any big losses either to note. So I thinkfairly good offseason for the eels in its sixth. I've got the manly warringthe SEAGULLS. This was a hard one to judge, I found, becausethere's some big names but not necessarily some, you know, big changes to theirquality. They brought in Josh Allawi, which I think is a pretty goodsigning. He's a good young prop who I think as a lot ofpotential. Brought in Andrew Davy, who might just do a role for themoff the bench or in the in the back row, starting because they havelet Joel Thompson go to St Helen's. They also brought in Kieren foreign fromthe bulldogs and I don't even know if he's going to start. Will ShoeStar is his name. Will, that's the guy from glee up Mr Shuster, but something shoester. Actually don't know what his first aim is. Tobe honest. He might be the starting five eight so for and might noteven play, but that's a bit similar to the Brass Carr I think that'sprobably a win win. Signing Jason Sab...

...he has upside as a winger,but I'm not sure if you'll play. And then they've lost Brendan Elliott,who I never really rated, for Noll Blake. That's a massive out andis probably a reason why they've not not deserved to be this high in thislist, because I do think he's probably the best prop in the league.They've also lost Danny Levi, but I'm assuming the nasty find he's coming backin the hooking roll. Who Else? They've lost Joel Thompson and Corey wedL, so not too many big losses. They're Adam for Noll Blake's the bigone, but apart from that Joel Thompson's really the only other starter andthey have gained alloy, Davy for an and SAB so overall they might notdeserve to be this high, but at least they got involved a little bit, unlike teams like the cowboys in the sharks. So thought I would rewardthem a little bit. Now moving into the top five, in fifth I'vegot the South Sydney Rabbito's obviously the Big Inn of giant Arrow from the GoldCoast Titans. I think that's a pretty good signing. I think at timeslast year there Ford Pack did let them down, especially in the first twomonths of the competition. So I think he would definitely add a bit ofWomth to that middle they've also brought in Jacob host for a bit of skillon the edge in the back row. Not sure if you'll play too much, Mike, just come off the bench. It also brought in Josh Man sawon the wing once again. I didn't even know if he'll start.He might do as Corey Allen has left, but I know they do have AlexJohnston, Kemp Graham and others, so we'll see about that. BenjieMarshall Big name, but not sure if he'll have too much impact that.Obviously they have cody Walker and Adam Reynolds, so he's probably just there in caseof injury. And then they've lost Corey Allen to the bulldogs, Tomand mown to the tigs Bruss and Goodwin and Jack John's to the Newcastle Knights. Ethan Low's retired, James Roberts is gone to the taigs Bay. TheSyrans gone to the warriors. So quite a few fairly well known names they'releaving, but not really any starters. Corey Allen just kind of played becausethe Treille was injured. James Roberts was in and out of the side.Syran and was decent off the bench but didn't really force himself into the startinglineup too often. Ethan low was a bit of a bench play out.So overall I think it's a fairly good offseason for the RABBITOS. They didn'treally lose anyone and they didn't really gain anyone apart from Giarro, and Iguess you could say Josh Mansor's a decent signing. So I think it's apretty good offseason for the rabbits to not lose too many big names. Infourth down the top for probably all teams in a similar sort of position oron the fringe of the eight just looking to move up the nights. Obviouslyyou can work out who I haven't mentioned. They're a little bit higher up inthe boelogs are a bit lower down, but they are all looking to pushinto the top eight this year, top six maybe. So in fourthI've got the CANBURY banks down bulldogs. This was a tough one to rankbecause I do believe some of their signings are a little bit overrated, butoverall, compared to their team last year,...

I do think it has improved.They're brought in Corey Allen from the south in your Rabdos. I willbe assuming that he will start in the fullback spot. He showed definitely showedsigns last year and every week he started he got better and better. SoI think that's a pretty good pick up from them. They brought in NickCotrick, who I talked about in the radars section. I do think he'son a bit too much money personally for an outside back, but I'm surehe'll have a big, big impact on the bulldog season. They've brought inKarl Flanagan from the roosters to play halfback. I think that's definitely needed. Thehalves definitely needed someone just to they needed to bring someone in who canjust kind of take control and just be there for the twenty five rounds thisyear, because last year was changing every second week. So I think findingit will provide that for them. They've also brought in Jack Heatherington, whoI think is a pretty good signing. He was on loan at the warriorsfrom the panthers. He was a bloody loose unit, so he needs toprobably rain it in a little bit. BET that aggression in the middle ofthe fields good to see. And they've also brought in Corey wouldell, whowill probably just do a job for them off the bench. He came fromthe manly seagulls. They've Lost Jack Coggart. He was in and out of theside every week. He went to the Super League. They've lost fourand who couldn't really string too many games together. Three injury. Carrot holdsgone through retirement. Think he was a pretty good player, but can't reallydo much about someone retiring. Barcellomon toy is gone to the worries. Hecouldn't really start. Remi Smith is gone to the storm he couldn't nail ona start and so aso sue and aid and Tolman had both gone, whoI think a good players, but they're probably at the back end of theircareers now. So I so sue has gone to the nights and Tom andwent to the sharks. So overall I think it was a pretty good season. They've got some young talent coming in. Exciting Times for them, so it'llbe interested to see how they go. They take it some big risk there. Spend a lot of money on some young players, but hopefully itpays off for the Canterbury banks to bulldogs and their fans now top three timein a third I've got the Newcastle Nights, the men from the hunter the gainsthey've gained Tyson Frazil from the dragons. That's a big signing in a secondrow. He's going to be a replacing ceon in Mittau Tiat, who'sgone to St Helen's. Blake Green came in last year. Obviously then hethink it did his ACL so I didn't even know if he's fit this year, but that's a decent signing for some debt. They've also brought in Sassosue from the bulldogs who, I did say is at the end of hiscareer, but I know out his time at the Tigers actually he was apretty good player and even in his few years out the bulldogs I thought healways adds a little bit to games when he comes on, usually off thebench. And their losses, they didn't lose really anyone off note. Theylost Hermann Sasa to the titans. He was struggling to get a start.Lost Him Glasby, he was struggling to get a start. Aid and guerrehas gone. He was kind of past his best. They Lost Mason Leo, but they've brought in Blake Green to...

...kind of replace that. Seana Metauia, that's a pretty big loss, but I'd say Frazel's probably an upgrade onhim. And they also lost Andrew McCulloch, who came in on loan for theBroncos last year. So not too much of a loss there. Sooverall kind of similar to the RABBITOS in they didn't lose too many starters,didn't gain too many starters. But that beginner of Tyson Brazil kind of changestheir offseason. Now the top two. These are probably the two most excitingteams in my opinion for this year. I'll talk about where I think they'regoing to come this year, but for the two thousand and twenty one season. But in two thousand and twenty they with the two most exciting teams.I think they finished ninth and ten of no one really was predicting it.So excited to see how they go this year. And there's had it greatoffseasons. Will start with the Gold Coast Titans. In its second they broughtin Hermann Sasa who, as I mentioned, couldn't really have too much impact ofthe nights, but he's a talented youngster. Tina for Silm a lowe, who I think is very underrated, signing from the storm. I thinkhe's going to be a great player, as do most and then they're obviouslybrought in Dave Feeder, who looks like a generational talent from the broncos prettyamazing that they managed to get him out of Red Hill, but I'm excitedto see what he can do in the titans. They also brought in PatrickHerbert and Sam McIntyre, two players who might start, might be on thebench, but I think they can, you know, just add a bitof depth. Patrick Herbert, he's a bit sloppy at times, but hecan also produce a moment of magic here or there, and Mac and tylewill just do a job. Losses Gra that's obviously a big loss, butI think there's a bit of a generational shift going on at the time onat the titans and this next generation is going to be the generation that takesthem to finals and hopefully a premiership. So I didn't they did have tomove on from a few players, the likes of Ryan James Dath and Pete'sg a O, big names, but not not weren't necessarily performing at thebest of their ability at the Times, except for g are, of course, Bryce car writ similar, Shannon Boyd retired, del Copley gone, calumWatkins released. So they did lose some big players in terms of just theirstature, but not necessarily performing on the field and I think their ind isdefinitely out. Where they're out are the losses and they have a really excitingfuture. To finish off, the number one spot I have probably a controversialone. I don't think too many people would have them here as they,similar to the Times, have lost a lot of players, but it's theNew Zealand Warriors feel good and Nathan Brown of come in there and hosed outthe club basically and brought in a lot of new guys. They're brought inyou and a can from the dragons. I think it's so very underrated player, but I remember there was a season there where I thought he was arguablypushing a new South Wales selection out of Vanilla. Blake's come in. Ithink that's a tremendous signing. I think he is the best prop on hisday in the competition. Kane Evans has come in. He kind of dwindeda little bit of paramounter. He obviously started very well in his career atthe roosters and then fell away a little...

...bit, so excited to see ifhe can get back to his peak form at the warriors. Barcelon Monty iscoming from the bulldogs. He will just be able to do a job.Bailey syranns come in from the Rabbit Os. I think that's a pretty good signing. I think he'll be a starter for them week in, week outand he I think, similar to his brother, he might turn into agood just a really good club player and maybe put for you no city countrylevel sort. I don't even know if that's a match anymore, to behonest, but you know that level, not necessarily origin but just a bitbelow that. So that's a good pickup. Ben Murdoch, the solar as well. That's a wild card coming in from warring too wolves. He playedfor Tom O couple times and he showed glimpses. He was always a veryskillful player, massive guy, so excited to see whether he's going to playwhat he's going to do. I don't know much about he's spotting the warriorside. And then also brought in shawn o Sullivan, just as some halfsdepth from the broncos losses. A lot of the losses here I've got toactually loan players from last year, so I'll try and weed them out asI read it. Alvira was alone, jared biale retired and Blair tired.Both had great careers but we're definitely past their prime. Lucky bur left fromfarmer Sulli was a lone and Blake Green left will be. That kind ofhappened last year. Patrick Herbert left, as I mentioned. He's a bitof an explosive player but definitely hasn't eat error in him. So I don'tthink that's the worst play to let go. Jack Heatherington was alone, George Jenningswas alone, Adam Kure and left. He showed glimpses last year and intwo thousand and nineteen, but he just couldn't quite crack into that startingside. Isaiah Puppili left. He had a very exciting start to his careerbut he kind of dwined a little bit late. So I think that's goodfor both parties that he left. And Yeah, they haven't really lost toomany other players. So in terms of their starting side, I think apartfrom the lone players, they've only lost a couple. and to bring insomeone of the likes of for Nol Blake and then guys like Evans, Aitkens, Marnocha seller and Syrian, and I think overall they've added four or fivestarting players to their team and I think that's going to make them a lotbetter this year. And to think that they came nine or ten last year, I can't quite remember, and we're only a few wins off the topeight. Think that makes them a really exciting side moving into the two thousandand twenty one season. I'm trying to say ourm's little as I can,but I just do it so bloody much it's annoying. But anyway, bitof a short episode today, but I have gone through all sixteen teams andtheir offseason. Obviously it's kind of hard to talk for an hour by yourself, so hopefully the episodes get a little bit longer as I start to bringpeople back. I've kind of just been with the new set up and stuffand it's been holidays so I've kind of just been letting people enjoy their summons. But when we get back to uni, when we talk about AFL especially,but also and Irel, I'm going to look to try and get morepeople back on the podcast. So there might be a few episodes that goback to skype, I'm not sure, or we will get a few peopleto join us on the famous ironing board, such as my dad, my brotherPilch Rowy for AFL? Who knows?...

And then, yeah, so whatthe structure I'm looking for? Thanks for listening and watching, by theway, but I'm just going to little have a little bit of a debriefabout what's happening with this podcast. So not sure how long it's going togo for, but I'm enjoying it at the moment and it's a nice escapefrom work and UNI, so I'm going to keep it going. I'm goingto be looking to do an AFL and and our real episode each week.Hopefully that is doable. Otherwise it might go back to fortnightly and then I'mgoing to be looking to do fortnightly, three weekly, monthly tennis and cyclingepisodes, probably the same with Fone, and then intermittent soccer and cricket episodes, kind of just depending if I'm watching the sport at the time or not. So that's kind of where the podcast is at the moment. Moving forward. If you've enjoyed today's episode, leave it alike. Follow the podcast onall the platforms, on every social media. Would really appreciate that. Share itto your friends, share it to your family and yet thanks for listening. And Yeah, if you're an NRL fan, stay tuned because there's goingto be plenty more to come. And if you just a sports fan ingeneral, same thing go. So thanks for joining me today and enjoy therest of your week.

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