“I don’t think he’ll (Staines) stay, I think he’ll move. I think he’ll end up at the Bulldogs.” Johns said on Nine’s Wide World of Sports.
However, Fittler believes that Staines’ spot in the team is safe, but at comes at the expense of someone else.
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“I think they’ve got a future for him, I think Burton’s the one that’ll move on, Matt Burton,” Fittler said.
“I think he (Staines) will be fullback.”
Fox Sports reported that the Panthers have tabled an offer to Staines, which would lock him away at Penrith until 2023.
Meanwhile at Sydney, Lachie Lam is considering his options after a frustrating season at the Roosters.
The 22-year old has only played three matches this year and 10 games in total since making his debut last year. Johns said that he has a future somewhere else.
“The games I’ve seen him play, I’ve been really impressed with his toughness and his defence, Lachie Lam. I think he needs to go somewhere (else) to be their marquee No. 7,” he said.
Fittler agreed with the call, believing that Lam’s opportunity to lock down a spot at the Roosters has passed him by.
“It’s interesting how Lachie Lam had the run during the year and he got syndesmosis, he had an ankle injury, that was a bit of a hurdle for him,” he said.
“Do you feel like Kyle Flanagan’s worked too well? Like the fact that Kyle and the Roosters has worked very well, they’ve lost very few games together.”
“If you’ve got a player like that, a local junior, you don’t let him go.” Johns said.
“He’s a good player.” Fittler said after being startled by the news that Hopoate, who Fittler coached as a NSW under-16, remained unsigned by the Sea Eagles.
Albert Hopoate WOW!
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