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Newcastle Knights sign Canberra Raiders back James Schiller

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Newcastle Knights sign Canberra Raiders back James Schiller

Newcastle have continued their roster tug-of-war with Canberra by signing talented winger James Schiller to a three-year deal. Off-contact at the end of this season, Schiller has proven a strong contributor for the Raiders so far this season, scoring five tries in four games.

The 22-year-old broke the news to his Raiders teammates on Wednesday. It’s understood the lure to play centre at the Knights was a contributing factor behind Schiller’s decision to quit Canberra.

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The Newcastle Knights are close to announcing the signing of James Schiller after agreeing to terms with the young Canberra Raiders flyer. It is understood Schiller has informed Raiders coach Ricky Stuart that he has accepted Newcastle's offer to join them next year, on a deal for at least the following two seasons.

As well as outbidding Canberra financially, it is understood that Knights management have indicated to Schiller that he will be given an opportunity to push for a spot in the centres. Newcastle have deliberately left a vacancy on this year's roster in the hope that they might be able to sign an outside back mid-season, but it is considered highly unlikely the Raiders will consider granting an early release for Schiller.

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I heard the same thing. Spewing.
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Would rather have kept in but with Asomua being promoted, can’t keep them all
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Seriously? I didn’t even realise he was off contract
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Yeah but I reckon Schiller’s ceiling is high. Probably higher than Asomua’s from what I’ve seen.

And I’d have hoped the promise of Rapa’s spot from next season would’ve been enough.

But maybe the Knights offered big money.
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Finchy wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:37 pm Seriously? I didn’t even realise he was off contract
Yep, he is. Maybe the chat about Mooney overshadowed him being off contract too.
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Who has gone to the knights recently and excelled?
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Any source on the Schiller news? He is a good fit for the Knights and it's probably the right move with Asomua coming through.

I'd assume Cotric sticks around now.
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Time to blood Asomua.
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Knights sign James Schiller from Raiders: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport ... 70e682f4c5
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Yeah I would drop him asap - too many defensive issues that he needs time to develop
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Dylan’s Raiders wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:39 pm Who has gone to the knights recently and excelled?
Depends on your definition of “gone to”, “recently”, and “excelled”. Does Ponga count?
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****. Horrible news
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I guess it makes sense, he should be a centre and playing centre. We can't afford him in that sense. Still very disappointing, I love his speed
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Ruben Daley wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:38 pm Yeah but I reckon Schiller’s ceiling is high. Probably higher than Asomua’s from what I’ve seen.
Completely disagree
Reckon Asomua’s ceiling is significantly higher
More well rounded player. But we’ll see!

Schiller outside of Ponga should be a fun time. Better player than Jenkins and Tuala imo
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I really think/thought one of Morkos or Schiller would become an elite outside back. Hopefully Morkos comes back next year.
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Ugh, that really sucks.
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Dylan’s Raiders wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:39 pm Who has gone to the knights recently and excelled?
Plenty of their signings have gone ok. Ponga obviously, Leo Thompson, Dom Young. Frizzell has been good. Kai Pearce-Paul looks pretty good as well.
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Surely we had cash to spare to keep him. Unless they’ve offered him crazy money
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Botman wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:43 pm
Ruben Daley wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:38 pm Yeah but I reckon Schiller’s ceiling is high. Probably higher than Asomua’s from what I’ve seen.
Completely disagree
Reckon Asomua’s ceiling is significantly higher
More well rounded player. But we’ll see!

Schiller outside of Ponga should be a fun time. Better player than Jenkins and Tuala imo
But Asomua is not a particularly fast player, that's my impression is that correct?

I liked the speed and enjoyed watching us burn up the sideline
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Cotric and Hoppa would be cheering. Their path back to firsts just got a whole lot easier
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Canberra Milk wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:45 pm
Botman wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:43 pm
Ruben Daley wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:38 pm Yeah but I reckon Schiller’s ceiling is high. Probably higher than Asomua’s from what I’ve seen.
Completely disagree
Reckon Asomua’s ceiling is significantly higher
More well rounded player. But we’ll see!

Schiller outside of Ponga should be a fun time. Better player than Jenkins and Tuala imo
But Asomua is not a particularly fast player, that's my impression is that correct?

I liked the speed and enjoyed watching us burn up the sideline
Na he’s not a burner by any means
But he’s also not slow. He’s fast enough to finish imo

Stylistically very similar imo to Brian To’o more than Savage
Good balance between the two and Chevy at fullback
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Wasn't expecting that!
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Botman wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:43 pm
Ruben Daley wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:38 pm Yeah but I reckon Schiller’s ceiling is high. Probably higher than Asomua’s from what I’ve seen.
Completely disagree
Reckon Asomua’s ceiling is significantly higher
More well rounded player. But we’ll see!

Schiller outside of Ponga should be a fun time. Better player than Jenkins and Tuala imo
Haha. I figured you’d say that and you’ve seen more of Asomua than me. The club appears to agree too, if the rumour is true.

And given Schiller seems to be gone, I hope you’re all right.

I reckon Schiller will score some tries for the Knights and he might be there to take Gagai’s centre spot next year. Good luck to him.
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Letting him go - are we thinking it’s purely down to money, other players being preferred, or other issues (insert unfounded character assassination here).
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There is a lot of talent coming through the juniors but unlike last year if they lose a few of these emerging squad players there isn't a lot busting the door down at the moment. Next winger up after Asomua is Stuart and from what I have seen of Esera and Wataire they aren't screaming NRL player yet.

I think they will need to get active in the market at some point even if it's for depth.
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Finchy wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:50 pm Letting him go - are we thinking it’s purely down to money, other players being preferred, or other issues (insert unfounded character assassination here).
He probably got a good 3 year offer to play regular NRL, maybe at Center with Gagai on the way out soon, so I reckon money and opportunity. Jack Hetherington is his cousin so maybe that was a factor as well.

He had a deal on the table from the Raiders so I don't think that it was "other issues".
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watch how all the schiller fans drop off him now.
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papabear wrote: April 17, 2024, 2:57 pm watch how all the schiller fans drop off him now.
Pretty much.
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Weird we've let him go while being in negotiations with Crotic. Weird is an understatement.
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We didn’t let him go - he got a three year deal to play centre for more money. Good player, would have preferred him to stay over Hopa (and potentially Cotric if he re-signs) but we can’t keep them all.
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This sucks.

Schiller is no world beater but gee if this means any more first grade games for Cotric and Hopoate, it’s a rubbish move
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He's still in front of Hoppa but you'd have to think Cotric now comes back in.
Why continue to develop a player , same with Sanders .
Release him now if we can secure another player.

I'm disappointed he is leaving. I wish him the best but it's next man up
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Dylan’s Raiders wrote: April 17, 2024, 3:03 pm We didn’t let him go - he got a three year deal to play centre for more money. Good player, would have preferred him to stay over Hopa (and potentially Cotric if he re-signs) but we can’t keep them all.
Fair enough if you have the inside word.
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Really enjoyed those 3 weeks when we had speed on both wings.

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