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Wests Tigers sign Joey Leilua from Canberra Raiders

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Wests Tigers plot to unite Leilua brothers

THE Wests Tigers are considering reuniting the Leilua brothers, with Luciano declaring it’s a “100 per cent option” for older brother Joey to join him at Concord this year.

After signing Luciano Leilua from the Dragons, the Wests Tigers are now considering an attempt to bring his brother Joseph to Concord. Leilua is in the final year of his $600,000 contract with the Raiders and is unlikely to be retained. Canberra signed Melbourne's Curtis Scott in the off season.

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The writing was on the wall when the Raiders said they'd be prepared to release him from his final year. The writing was on the wall when Curtis Scott was signed. And then again when he didn't go to the Sunshine Coast...
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The Raiders where good for Joey as Joey was good for the Raiders.

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Wests interested in making Canberra Raider Joey Leilua a Tiger

If you can't stop him, sign him. Sick of being on the wrong end of a Joey Leilua masterclass, the Wests Tigers are looking to bring the Canberra Raiders centre to Concord. But any move to the Tigers could have to wait with Leilua's manager currently overseas on holidays.

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I suspect this is already a done deal.

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Wow. This has really come outa nowhere.

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Azza wrote:I suspect this is already a done deal.
Probably depended on what Latrell was doing

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Azza wrote:I suspect this is already a done deal.
It always is. These deals are done weeks or months before we know about them


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T_R wrote:
Azza wrote:I suspect this is already a done deal.
It always is. These deals are done weeks or months before we know about them


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No one here wants this to happen, but it so obvious it was going to

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Hopefully either way it doesn't drag out. I'd assume depending on his deal the longer it takes the bigger the hit on our cap.

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well this appears to be playing itself out exactly as we thought it would
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Beejay wrote:
January 18, 2020, 7:52 pm
No one here wants this to happen, but it so obvious it was going to
Interesting recent poll had 70 per cent of respondents saying they wanted Leilua. I guess the issue is, we can’t have Joey and keep Wighton and Bateman, in particular.
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Bateman wants money, and he wants it now!!

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Not a fan of this but what can you do :(

Sticky is RUTHLESS. Eddy Lee drops a pass, costs them a spot in a GF....Gooooone
BJ doesn’t pass in a GF *maybe* costing them a premiership......Goooooone.
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gergreg wrote:
January 18, 2020, 6:17 pm
Wow. This has really come outa nowhere.

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Not really. When Lattrell snubbed the Tigers, they said they still had money for a quality back. The only person I could think of who could fill that description is Joey.

Besides, would he still have the same passion to play now that Rapana is gone? A move might do him the world of good.
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I would love to have Joey playing for a contract.

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I sent a txt to a WT fan telling him they may..MAY..be chasing BJ.

His response was" yeah he'd be handy".

Handy..you've got squat you dumbbell..

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My concern about letting BJ go, is he is the only X factor player in our team.

The flick pass for the Storm semi final win, plus plenty of other outrageous attacking plays out of nothing, makes him a big danger player.

Yes he makes some mistakes, but it’s alarm bells for the defence that opens up opportunities for other players.

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BJ wrote:
January 19, 2020, 3:11 pm
My concern about letting BJ go, is he is the only X factor player in our team.

The flick pass for the Storm semi final win, plus plenty of other outrageous attacking plays out of nothing, makes him a big danger player.

Yes he makes some mistakes, but it’s alarm bells for the defence that opens up opportunities for other players.
Yep, I agree it's a big risk. The Roosters conceded 1 try on average in the finals. I think it's near impossible to score more regularly in finals conditions without a couple of X-factors.

Bateman is still one imo and hopefully Williams makes up some of the gap because based on what I have seen of Scott he is more of a classic center.

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I agree re the lack of x factor without bj.... It's a concern I have heading into this season

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If Joey goes I sure am going to miss him. Love watching a red hot Joey in action.

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I’ll miss him but think this is a smart move by the club.

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I thought we missed him badly last season

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Thought he was great in the grand final as well...

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-PJ- wrote:
January 19, 2020, 2:46 pm
I sent a txt to a WT fan telling him they may..MAY..be chasing BJ.

His response was" yeah he'd be handy".

Handy..you've got squat you dumbbell..

He'll win you're player of the year award..daylight 2nd..get a grip you idiot...
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Azza wrote:
January 19, 2020, 3:29 pm
I agree re the lack of x factor without bj.... It's a concern I have heading into this season
So... are you saying you're worried about this?

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Yep, I actually am. I think we're a pretty solid line up this coming season, but I do have concerns we may just lack a touch of the unpredictable. I guess it depends how Williams goes.

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The problem with bj is the amount of money he wants/is on compared to the risk and work involved with keeping him on the field.
There is a lot of management that comes with bj to keep him focused, fit, training etc. Also the injuries are starting to add up.

Will be interesting to see how he goes if he does come back to sydney. Big ego, big influences will lead to a big bj and not a big performance

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Azza wrote:
January 19, 2020, 7:58 pm
Yep, I actually am. I think we're a pretty solid line up this coming season, but I do have concerns we may just lack a touch of the unpredictable. I guess it depends how Williams goes.
Yes. We've banked on moving the creativity into the spine where it is traditionally created, vs the Joey wildcard out wide. And I just wanted to hear you say you worried once again. It's reassuring by now.

I'm on board everywhere as Joey's biggest fan, just from a pure enjoyment POV. And there was a poster here who said Raiders were good for Joey and Joey was good for the Raiders- that's truth.

Cotric will cause his share off problems for opposition, that's a given. If he just holds form from his "worst" year he'll still make yards, break tackles, finish almost everything and play rep footy and bloody deserve it. If he's in form then he'll be cracking in points he has no right to.

I've no idea how good Scott is. But there's no way he's as good in attack as Joey. Ricky may have decided that JB and Cotric are the big cheeses on that side and all you need is a good solid centre who is low maintenance, can be a good defender in a system and 7/10 in attack otherwise- that's still a very good player. Cap-wise, that might be the best use of $$$.

So I hear you on missing Joey's "X". But I'm not stressing an edge with JB on it will lack wildcard factor or an edge with Cotric on it will lack power and strike. In Rick we trust.

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Jack is definitely a genuine x-factor still, and Papa actually became one one in the forwards by season's end. Papa and BJ were the two players who could routinely get us out of trouble coming out of our end, and Papa's solo match busting efforts in opposition red zone became set in Raiders folklore late season.

But having Joey in the backs, Jack in the halves and Papa up front def had a massive, massive influence in getting us to the GF. And now one looks all but gone.

Lamenting this tbh :cry:

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Our backline went from
Right side
Rapana and
Leilua
Left Side
Croker
Cotric
With simonson as a super sub...

to
right side
cotric
scott
left side
croker
simonsson
super sub ??

The loss of rapana would have been fine with simonsson, I dont ever remember curtis scott making me nervous even though he played for the storm... to lose leilua who was a huge part of the clubs turn around is a bit sad. I would have held him for the final year of his contract.

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As good as Joey was for us, with individual brilliance and his bromance with Rapa, and the X-factor he provides, the club made it clear that he wasnt in their future plans; the writing was on the wall. This is pro sport, where cap pressure rules.

Add to that, Joey now has a serious neck injury. Now, maybe it doesnt bother him and the rest of his career goes without incident, OR, maybe he gets cleaned up in Rd 1 this year and doesnt play again. This kinda injury doesnt go away. So, there is risk/ reward having him on the roster at this point in time. This kinda thing definitely factors into a teams assessment of the player.

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I dunno, it just appears ot me that we have moved further away from winning a premiership next year as opposed to closer.

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Yeah I agree - unless George Williams really fires. Again, I'm not sure of the logic behind the scenes but on the face of it I would have been very happy to keep him for another year

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