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Post by papabear » March 29, 2019, 11:48 pm

John Bateman and CNK have been absolute quality

I was expecting another dud year but these guys might drag us somewhere this year.

Honestly bateman is as good as any footballer I have seen out of england in a long long time.

I have liked his first three games more then i liked whiteheads or hodgsons first three.

I cant stress how impressed I am by this bloke, literally if he was an aussie i would pick him for nsw as the first backrower.

Honestly, I am going to be sad if he gets sent back to the middle, he just has so much game.

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Re: New recruits

Post by Canberra Milk » March 30, 2019, 1:11 am

One thing Ricky has done well is recruiting

Bateman is allll over for example TPJ, it's not even funny. Competitive, breaks the line seemingly at will, turn of pace, tough defence, vision... get him up here I wanna boof him. He's an elite tier player, I'll say it now, top 10 in the game quality. Whitehead is a great toiler, adds a lot of value when attacking the opposition 20-30 but is not in the same league as the Bate. Hope I'm not overhyping him but it's been a ridiculously good start

CNK has great fullback speed/agility which I always said Wighton didn't have. Can change angles quickly, and stop on a dime. So important for kick defusing and also attack, as seen in his killer second try. Works hard too and a great attitude. Again, hope I'm not overhyping but very happy

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Re: New recruits

Post by CJ42 » March 30, 2019, 2:51 am

My expectations for CNK are much like my expectations for the first 3 rounds, I had none. Honestly thought he was a squad filler that might get a run while we were down on troops.
I stumbled on the warriors pages on Facebook when we signed him and they were livid, for good reason too.
He’s a bloody gun! His positioning in attack and defense is already very good, he’s fast and strong, safe under the high ball. What ore could you want ?

J bateman what more could you ask for? He’s literally one of the best players in the Comp already.

Sutton was meh, but yesterday with added minutes and responsibility already looks like a more useful middle player than boys and Paulo were since 2016.


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Re: New recruits

Post by Hazza » March 30, 2019, 3:29 am

CNK hasn't surprised me at all. I knew he was quality. Johnny B I'd hardly seen but he's a seasoned international we shouldn't be that surprised. He's got it all doesn't he. Good motor, reasonable pace, footwork, good defender. He's a good'un.

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Post by The Rickman » March 30, 2019, 3:47 am

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Post by -PJ- » March 30, 2019, 6:41 am

Bateman....wow !!
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Re: New recruits

Post by edwahu » March 30, 2019, 6:56 am

It's a good start. CNK in particular surprised me but he probably surprised the opposition as well. It will get a lot harder for him if he keeps playing so well.

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Re: New recruits

Post by Raiders666 » March 30, 2019, 7:07 am

Bateman , Horsburgh and Young are all complete psychopaths and i love it

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Post by edwahu » March 30, 2019, 7:20 am

Raiders666 wrote:
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Bateman , Horsburgh and Young are all complete psychopaths and i love it
Horsburgh also showed he is a coachable psychopath last night. He really toned it down.

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Re: New recruits

Post by dubby » March 30, 2019, 7:21 am

Raiders666 wrote:Bateman , Horsburgh and Young are all complete psychopaths and i love it
I love it too. We have a mongrel pack we haven't seen in years.



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Re: New recruits

Post by Wiki Special » March 30, 2019, 7:39 am

I love watching this team play this year. We compete for the 80 minutes, which is all we can ask for. I said in the pre-season that I expected Bateman to have have a Gareth Ellis type impact with our squad and he is probably exceeding that so far.

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Re: New recruits

Post by Raiders666 » March 30, 2019, 7:42 am

Our depth is starting to look very good also... Maybe short an outside back but we have some quality forwards waiting in the wings and Starling could do a job too

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Re: New recruits

Post by LimeGreenMachine » March 30, 2019, 7:57 am

Our team will only get better . The spine is new.

I liked the signing of CNK immediately. I remember his warriors games and then the highlights. But now he is in Lime Green the fullback position is his. And he seems a top bloke too.
Bateman is a gun. Out and out gun.

Sutton will show he is a good signing too. He is building into his NRL career.

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Re: New recruits

Post by Dusty » March 30, 2019, 8:47 am

The new recruits are looking good

Bateman = Gun, A’s I thought he would be

Nicoll-Klokstad = solid with a big ceiling

Sutton = building slowly but nicely, bigger minutes and was very solid


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Re: New recruits

Post by Beejay » March 30, 2019, 10:21 am

Everyone looks a lot better when you’re winning games, and it’s much easier to win games when you can defend.

Bateman is looking real good, but I had expectations he would go well.
CNK on the other hand has been great and my expectations were really low for him, so I’m pleasantly surprised. He’s been ultra safe at the back, and his two tries last night were brilliant.

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Post by Bay 67 » March 30, 2019, 10:51 am

I was impressed with Sutton. I watched him at the back end of the season at Wigan last year and wasn't impressed at all. I assume it was because he'd been injured and was a little out of shape. He looks fit and very solid, particularly defensively.
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Re: New recruits

Post by Johno » March 30, 2019, 12:02 pm

What if we were told we had to take Boyd and Paulo back and send Bateman, CNK and Sutton back?

What a terrible thought !

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Re: New recruits

Post by EJ » March 30, 2019, 12:25 pm

Bateman last night: 190m, 2 line breaks, 1 offload, 9 tackle breaks, 41 tackles

CNK last night: 2 tries, 185m, 1 linebreak, 1 offload, 9 tackle breaks

Yeah, they're doing ok.

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Re: New recruits

Post by Raiders666 » March 30, 2019, 4:02 pm

So much for adapting to Australian conditions...Im not sure anyone could have predicted Bateman would have made such an impact this fast. I hope he is getting paid well because he is worth every penny

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Re: New recruits

Post by dubby » March 30, 2019, 5:35 pm

We're looking better for having no Austin and his abysmal defence

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Re: New recruits

Post by Goldcoast Raider » March 30, 2019, 6:58 pm

Honestly Dylan Edwards look amateur compared to CNK , I want him as our fullback for the next 10 years

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Post by PigRickman » March 30, 2019, 7:01 pm

Bateman is an out and out superstar
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Re: New recruits

Post by edwahu » March 30, 2019, 7:35 pm

As much as I hate not being able to sign NRL players you have to give credit to management for the plan B they came up with. It probably can't win us a comp but it's better than fighting for the scraps of the Roosters scraps.

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Re: New recruits

Post by LimeGreenMachine » March 30, 2019, 7:38 pm

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Post by afgtnk » March 30, 2019, 7:38 pm

JB looks like a very high quality buy. I noticed Sammy getting him to come across the grain often and that's where he seemed to cause a lot of havoc. We could get a solid 5-7 years out of him, since he comes off as a guy who isn't going to let his performances or professionalism slip. I wouldn't rule him out being a captain at some stage either.

CNK I'd like to see more of before passing firm judgement. Though fullback is possibly one of the easiest positions to look inept in, it's also one of the easiest to look good in too. The modern fullback needs to play at a very high level, consistently, and have a wide range of skills. Though he's played well, I haven't seen much by way of ability with ball in hand, and his support play left a bit to be desired last night.

Potential is there for him to be a quality player but he's got a way to go - catching bombs and being safe is a part of the job that should be a given.

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Post by raiderskater » March 31, 2019, 9:28 am

dubby wrote:
March 30, 2019, 5:35 pm
We're looking better for having no Austin and his abysmal defence

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On that, I actually thought Williams' defence looked better than it has in a while, too. The whole line looks better without Austin.

I am completely sold on all of them. Love them already. CNK has been outstanding, Bateman is just brilliant, I've been impressed by what we've seen of Sutton so far, Horsburgh is gonna be a cult hero in less than a season if he keeps this up, Young's enthusiasm just sparkles and I really liked Simonssen in that one game he's played too. This is good recruiting.

Honestly, between these pickups, not surrendering to the temptation to pay massive overs for Austin, Boyd and Paulo...I'm reeling in a bit of shock from the sudden excellence of our recruitment.
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Post by dubby » March 31, 2019, 9:29 am

afgtnk wrote:JB looks like a very high quality buy. I noticed Sammy getting him to come across the grain often and that's where he seemed to cause a lot of havoc. We could get a solid 5-7 years out of him, since he comes off as a guy who isn't going to let his performances or professionalism slip. I wouldn't rule him out being a captain at some stage either.

CNK I'd like to see more of before passing firm judgement. Though fullback is possibly one of the easiest positions to look inept in, it's also one of the easiest to look good in too. The modern fullback needs to play at a very high level, consistently, and have a wide range of skills. Though he's played well, I haven't seen much by way of ability with ball in hand, and his support play left a bit to be desired last night.

Potential is there for him to be a quality player but he's got a way to go - catching bombs and being safe is a part of the job that should be a given.
Agree with this.

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Re: New recruits

Post by Seiffert82 » March 31, 2019, 10:41 am

Sutton has been unspectacular, but he certainly looks like he belongs in First Grade. He's still only young, so plenty of potential there.

CNK is like that diamond in the rough find. Effort player with a real feel for positioning at the back. Great motor too. Has stepped into the role seamlessly and has covered a huge number of metres without it effecting his impact on kick returns.

Bateman is a dead set stud. The type of player you build a premiership team around. Just needs his mates to step up around him (Papa and Whitehead in particular).

I love the **** out of Horsburgh. A few errors in his game, but has walked into First Grade and started taking names from the get go. Outstanding prospect.

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Post by Rick » March 31, 2019, 10:46 am

Right now I would take Bateman over both Victor Radley and Cameron Murray. That’s a pretty good pick up.


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Post by Cranky Old Man » March 31, 2019, 11:30 am

afgtnk wrote:
March 30, 2019, 7:38 pm
JB looks like a very high quality buy. I noticed Sammy getting him to come across the grain often and that's where he seemed to cause a lot of havoc. We could get a solid 5-7 years out of him, since he comes off as a guy who isn't going to let his performances or professionalism slip. I wouldn't rule him out being a captain at some stage either.

CNK I'd like to see more of before passing firm judgement. Though fullback is possibly one of the easiest positions to look inept in, it's also one of the easiest to look good in too. The modern fullback needs to play at a very high level, consistently, and have a wide range of skills. Though he's played well, I haven't seen much by way of ability with ball in hand, and his support play left a bit to be desired last night.

Potential is there for him to be a quality player but he's got a way to go - catching bombs and being safe is a part of the job that should be a given.
I havent studied the game in any depth, but my impression was that CNK was very strong on support play, just that nothing came of it.

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Post by LimeGreenMachine » March 31, 2019, 11:50 am

What I've noticed is that we are not relying on the same players who we normally have over the last few seasons.

Cotric, Raps and Whitehead haven't been horrible but they haven't dominated or needed to.

Bateman and CNK have stepped up and taken the line light.

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Re: New recruits

Post by Raiders_Pat » March 31, 2019, 12:01 pm

Very pleased so far with our new recruits. I'll be the first to admit that I was quite critical of our recruitment in the off season, although mainly because we didn't sign anyone with a track record in the NRL. But Bateman is the real deal and CNK is looking like a very astute pick up.

I still believe we're a half away from the complete package. Doesn't need to be anybody flashy, just someone with a reliable short kicking game will do for this team. I like Williams slightly better than Sezer in that regard, but still don't think he's at a week in week out NRL standard. Great back up half though. If this George Williams thing is happening, hopefully he can kick.

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Re: New recruits

Post by gergreg » March 31, 2019, 12:05 pm

dubby wrote:
afgtnk wrote:JB looks like a very high quality buy. I noticed Sammy getting him to come across the grain often and that's where he seemed to cause a lot of havoc. We could get a solid 5-7 years out of him, since he comes off as a guy who isn't going to let his performances or professionalism slip. I wouldn't rule him out being a captain at some stage either.

CNK I'd like to see more of before passing firm judgement. Though fullback is possibly one of the easiest positions to look inept in, it's also one of the easiest to look good in too. The modern fullback needs to play at a very high level, consistently, and have a wide range of skills. Though he's played well, I haven't seen much by way of ability with ball in hand, and his support play left a bit to be desired last night.

Potential is there for him to be a quality player but he's got a way to go - catching bombs and being safe is a part of the job that should be a given.
Agree with this.

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I really like what CNK offers so far. For opposition teams he is a bit of an unknown but our advantage here is that the way most teams nullify a decent fullback is to kick away from him to any other of the back 3 and well.... teams are more than welcome to do that. I've mentioned it before but I like his ability to evade or break the first tackle, on nearly every occasion so far. He looks hungry for success and apparently a fantastic guy off the field.

Bateman is awesome. Great work Ricky in bringing him here.

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Re: New recruits

Post by sprintman » March 31, 2019, 12:38 pm

Bateman has put the rest of our team on notice. Pretty impressive for three games

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