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Sia Soliola re-signs for two years

Post by -GD- » July 3, 2018, 1:35 pm

Sia Soliola re-signs with the Canberra Raiders on two year deal

Canberra Raiders forward Sia Soliola has agreed to a new two-year deal, which will see him remain with the Raiders until the end of the 2020 season.

"I'm really excited and happy to be remaining in Canberra. I broke the news to my son Israel and he's really excited too. Canberra has become a home for our family and we are looking forward to staying here," Soliola said. "Although our results on the field haven't been where we wanted to be this year I know we've got a very talented group of players here for the next couple of seasons and I'm very humbled to be a part of that."

Read more: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2018/07 ... e-raiders/

Canberra Raiders re-sign Sia Soliola until the end of 2020 NRL season: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/ ... 4zp7d.html

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Post by Matt » July 3, 2018, 1:42 pm

Solid signing. I certainly feel we play better footy with him around. He has probably been our best prop this yr.
BUT... he is too slow to cover the edge these days. Milf made him look foolish on the weekend.

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Post by Makaveli » July 3, 2018, 1:45 pm

Not sure if he still has 2 quality years left to offer tbh. Looked out of touch last year but has been reasonably solid this year, I guess

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Post by greeneyed » July 3, 2018, 1:47 pm

Good outcome.
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Post by Hugh Myron » July 3, 2018, 1:55 pm

HUGE signing, even if he’s kept around for a mentoring role I think he sets a fantastic standard for the younger up and coming blokes !


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Post by edwahu » July 3, 2018, 1:56 pm

Good signing, especially considering our middle stocks at the moment.

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Post by zim » July 3, 2018, 1:58 pm

Good stuff. Needs to stay in the middle now. Should only be playing prop next year.

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Post by -TW- » July 3, 2018, 2:04 pm

Makaveli wrote:Not sure if he still has 2 quality years left to offer tbh. Looked out of touch last year but has been reasonably solid this year, I guess

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That was my first thought as well. Not unhappy though

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Post by -PJ- » July 3, 2018, 3:33 pm

My missus loves Sia...

Muscles she keeps sayin..look at them muscles.

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Post by Love4Noa » July 3, 2018, 5:43 pm

Disappointing if I'm honest. Much like the Sezer signing, it's accepting what we've got and not doing much better.
Everyone bangs on about Austin missing tackles - the inside man on the Milford tackles was Sia.

He's too slow these days and rarely packs a punch. I guess if you get a highlight reel tackle every 10 weeks you get a two year contract. Shame.

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Post by zim » July 3, 2018, 5:57 pm

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Post by kiwi raider » July 3, 2018, 6:00 pm

Wait wait wait, people do realise that Sia missed Milford not only after going out to the edge but also after playing more than 30 mins straight in the middle without a break don’t they?
The guys not really suited to edge anymore but he’s more than handy in the middle, and won’t be needed out wide when John Bateman signs and/or Jack Murchie develops, Sia’s been our best prop this year and is still only 31, happy with the 2 year deal, great re-signing imo

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Post by edwahu » July 3, 2018, 6:34 pm

Love4Noa wrote:
July 3, 2018, 5:43 pm
Disappointing if I'm honest. Much like the Sezer signing, it's accepting what we've got and not doing much better.
Everyone bangs on about Austin missing tackles - the inside man on the Milford tackles was Sia.

He's too slow these days and rarely packs a punch. I guess if you get a highlight reel tackle every 10 weeks you get a two year contract. Shame.
Very harsh. He has been our best prop this year and our prop stocks are threadbare next year. Sure he missed a tackle but it's rare.

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Post by gergreg » July 3, 2018, 6:44 pm

He has consistently been our forward leader this year and extremely noticeable when his line speed is off a little (& nobody else fills the bloody void). To highlight his flaws while glossing over Stuart's issues (in another thread) is absolutely ridiculous.
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Post by T_R » July 3, 2018, 6:49 pm

Has been good this year. Two more years will see him out, but I reckon he's got another couple of seasons in him there in the middle.

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Post by Pigman » July 3, 2018, 7:09 pm

Agree with TR here
He had a really bad year last year but his work rate and enthusiasm off the bench this year has lifted the team a number of times. He's a good guy to have around the club.
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Post by Kryptonite » July 3, 2018, 7:27 pm

Good News, Sia is the heart ans soul of our engine room

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Post by Billy Walker » July 3, 2018, 8:36 pm

I'm a Sia fan and happy enough with the signing but share concerns about whether he has two years. Serious question - if we didn't sign him and he wanted to play on would anyone else grab him?

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Post by -PJ- » July 3, 2018, 8:44 pm

Billy Walker wrote:
July 3, 2018, 8:36 pm
I'm a Sia fan and happy enough with the signing but share concerns about whether he has two years. Serious question - if we didn't sign him and he wanted to play on would anyone else grab him?
Sia would find employment I'm sure.
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Post by kiwi raider » July 3, 2018, 8:54 pm

-PJ- wrote:
July 3, 2018, 8:44 pm
Billy Walker wrote:
July 3, 2018, 8:36 pm
I'm a Sia fan and happy enough with the signing but share concerns about whether he has two years. Serious question - if we didn't sign him and he wanted to play on would anyone else grab him?
Sia would find employment I'm sure.
Easily, Most squads I would assume would carry 7/8 middles in there top 30 these days,multiply that out by 16 clubs and that’s a hell of a lot of job opportunities.

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Post by RedRaider » July 3, 2018, 9:26 pm

Good signing for the Raiders, particularly with an emerging center third player like Guler coming through. He will have the likes of Papa and Sia to show him the ropes in FG.

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Post by BadnMean » July 3, 2018, 9:27 pm

I had concerns about him last year as an edge but his form since a move to the middle is A-OK by me.

He's solid. He leads our defensive speed and just runs straight and hard. Puts Boyd & Paulo to shame really with his balls & effort. We need a charge down- it's Sia or Whitehead. We need a hit to stop a roll or gain dominance- it's Sia or Papa. He's not a top money forward but I doubt he's demanding that either. Solid FG money hopefully. Half NRL clubs would snap him up for a year.

I'm happy to have him around as a FG player next year again and then after that at worst he'd be a Kidwell type squad man to show how its really done or he might even keep playing decent footy.

He's more effective than Lui right now (who I have nothing against as a squad fill prop) so yes, resign.

That's all objective as a player without even considering his mentor role and I damn well hope we keep him after the fact and don't lose him like Wiki.

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Post by Billy Walker » July 3, 2018, 9:49 pm

BadnMean wrote:
July 3, 2018, 9:27 pm
I had concerns about him last year as an edge but his form since a move to the middle is A-OK by me.

He's solid. He leads our defensive speed and just runs straight and hard. Puts Boyd & Paulo to shame really with his balls & effort. We need a charge down- it's Sia or Whitehead. We need a hit to stop a roll or gain dominance- it's Sia or Papa. He's not a top money forward but I doubt he's demanding that either. Solid FG money hopefully. Half NRL clubs would snap him up for a year.

I'm happy to have him around as a FG player next year again and then after that at worst he'd be a Kidwell type squad man to show how its really done or he might even keep playing decent footy.

He's more effective than Lui right now (who I have nothing against as a squad fill prop) so yes, resign.

That's all objective as a player without even considering his mentor role and I damn well hope we keep him after the fact and don't lose him like Wiki.
Yeah - good points. Can't disagree with anything you've said there.

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