SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Blake Ferguson of the Roosters celebrates after scoring a try during the round three NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Newcastle Knights at Allianz Stadium on March 25, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Big name signings, or clever signings, can completely shape a season. Kalyn Ponga’s arrival has transformed the Knights. Although big name additions don’t always guarantee success (see the Bulldogs) it usually doesn’t hurt.

We take a look at the top 10 signings at this stage for the 2019 season. For the purpose of the below list we have left off mid-season transfers like Mbye and Woods. The below are confirmed and official only.

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Junior Paulo (Eels)

The Eels’ pack have been well beaten for most of the season. Despite Tim Mannah’s improved form over the past few weeks Parra are crying out or a big man up front to lay the platform. Junior Paulo returns to the Eels a far better player than when he left. He will have to find the motor for bigger minutes in blue and gold but his signing is a step in the right direction.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 29: Junior Paulo of the Raiders looks on during the round 21 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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6 COMMENTS

    • Sims is not top 10 as average only, however the jury is still out on Ferguson on how his form will likely dip at Parra, same goes for Edrick Lee (reserve grader and poor hands till about 2-3 weeks ago). The POMS are unknown in our comp yet either. The others deserve to be Top 6

  1. Eels for next yr

    1: B French
    2: B Ferguson
    3: M Jennings
    4: C Gutherson
    5: J Hayne
    6: C Norman
    7: M Moses
    8: Jr Paulo
    9: R Mahoney
    10: D Alvaro
    11: M Mau
    12: T Moeroa
    13: N Brown

    14: S Lane
    15: P Terepo
    16: M Nuikore
    17: T Mannah

    Still lacking in the backline and at hooker and the front row

    • Right now it’s a tough call as to who will play where given the season we’re having, the number of players off contract, and the (reported) Norman situation.

      The way I see it, as a very interested member of the club without any inside info, I’d start now by giving BA a contract extension to the end of 2020 (it’s only 1 extra year) with a very open/honest conversation stating we’re backing you, and we will honour that contract, but we expect to be in 8 next year, and still buildiing, and if we’re not (all things being equal) we’ll be looking for a new head coach for 2021. I think BA is about the most straight down the line (call a spade a spade) guy getting around, so he’d understand and appreciate the situation, and honesty.

      With that bedded down I’d turn to the players and say, BA is the head coach until the end of 2020, end of story, so who wants out? Any players that want out, or any players BA doesn’t want to re-sign, move on, and BA knows what positions need to be covered/strengthened.

      I still back BA, big time, but if he can’t show a turnaround we have to draw a line. Because I still back him (and I may be proven wrong), and because I don’t want a coach being forced to “go for broke”, and in part (to a lesser degree) because I think we still owe BA for what he’s done for our club, I see this as our best (sustainable) rebuilding solution.

  2. If you must try to sound wise at least use it and spell it correctly…. it’s “per se” latin for “in itself”.
    Glasby isn’t a big name signing in itself makes no sense at all.

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