AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 24: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors in action during the round 24 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on August 24, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The news continues to break in the rugby league world. We were all still coming to grips with the Valentine Holmes move when David Klemmer shifted to the Knights with Dylan Napa replacing him at the Dogs.

Today, it is our neighbours to the east who are providing the headlines.

Superstar Shaun Johnson has reportedly asked for a release from the remaining year of his contract following news that the Warriors have given him permission to look around for 2020 onward.

In a social media post, Johnson vented that there was “nothing for him to sign” at his current club and is reportedly looking to move on in 2019.

News reports have immediately stated that up to four sides are already discussing the Warriors ace for 2019 or 2020.

Before the next massive news story breaks, we take a look at six clubs who could possibly be those ‘four’ reportedly linked to Johnson.

This comes with no inside information and is purely based on common sense. Let us know below where you expect to see Johnson in 2020 and perhaps even prior.

Cronulla Sharks

If Johnson is looking to move immediately, the Sharks become the obvious choice. Given Holmes has just left the club, they are likely the only side with $800,000+ available in their 2019 salary cap.

Given Johnson is reportedly on a million dollars a season, the Sharks look the ONLY option for Johnson should he be successful in securing an early release.

The Sharks would shift Matt Moylan back to fullback with Johnson partnering either Chad Townsend or young Kyle Flanagan in the halves. Unless the Sharks opt to move Josh Dugan and proceed with a Moylan/Johnson halves partnership.

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Either way, in terms of moving today, the Sharks have a roster spot and a huge chunk of cash available to lure the Warriors marquee man.

If Johnson is unable to secure a release, the Sharks are right in the running for 2020 also. Again, it would come down to what they do with their fullback role, but I can’t see the Sharks turning down an opportunity to sign Johnson.

Parramatta Eels

The only other club in the running in terms of a 2019 switch for mine. The Eels were supposedly shopping around both Corey Norman and Mitch Moses earlier in the season, with the Warriors linked to both.

Straight swap?

Given the Eels were unable to fit Jarryd Hayne under their 2019 cap, there’s no chance the Eels could accommodate Johnson without giving something up.

Moses looks the most likely to make the move if it happens, as he was linked with the Warriors quite heavily a little while back.

The Warriors may be willing to let Johnson move on if they were able to sign a replacement. If this is the only way the Warriors move Johnson on, the Eels become huge favourites for his signature.

They’re a shout in 2020 also with their current halves supposedly off-contract. Watch this space.

Canberra Raiders

The Raiders were the first team linked to Johnson when news broke that he may be moving on prior to the 2020 season.

They really need a player with Johnson’s talents to push for a top eight birth.

I can’t see a way they fit Johnson in under their 2019 cap unless they allow Aiden Sezer to move to New Zealand, and even then I’m not sure how the sums add up.

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2020 looks the only real option if Johnson wants to play in lime green.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Truthfully I can’t see a fourth side in the running, but the Dogs are the only real option I can find. With Kieran Foran linked to the Sea Eagles it’s possible, I guess, that the Dogs could move Foran on with an eye to signing Johnson.

Surely Napa has come in on a lesser monetary contract than what outgoing David Klemmer was on. There would be slight room to move. Add in the money Foran’s move would free up and they’re in the running.

That said, I named the Dogs purely to match the fourth club mentioned. I can’t see Manly being able to take Foran on, at even half price given their cap issues. This seems like a long shot for 2019, although anything can happen in a year if the Warriors stand their ground and Johnson looks to sign for 2020.

North Queensland Cowboys

The Cowboys SURELY can’t make the move for Johnson in 2019 given they’ve just signed Kangaroos lock Josh McGuire. That said, if it comes down to 2020, they’re the favourites for mine.

They had a reported $1.2 million set aside to offer Holmes, and with a starting halfback spot up for grabs, if Johnson plays out his contract in Auckland, the Cowboys will be right in the hunt for 2020.

Sydney Roosters

The Premiers seemingly have better cap management than any other club but surely not even they can work Johnson in for 2019.

When Cooper Cronk retires though the halfback spot, and a million dollars a season suddenly become available.

One plus one = blue, red and white. Just saying.

54 COMMENTS

  1. Here we go again. The rorters with the best cap management BS. More like the best hide and seek cap management.

    • Can the Roosters fit yet another million dollar player under their already “stretched” salary sombrero?

      Computer says; “NO!”
      Ian Schubert says: “Where’s the liquid paper?”
      Uncle Nick says; “What’s a salary cap?”
      Reg says; “in the Roosters case it’s “Dickie Knee’s” cap trying to stretch over Sam Burgess’s head!”
      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • Let me remind you that manly hid their salary cap cheating for 5 years.
      Stick to cricket you hypocrite holmsey.

      • That’s the same period that the Roosters have been doing the same thing. The difference is that the Roosters have the former NRL salary cap auditor keeping their books to make sure that they don’t get caught.

        I can’t help noticing from your posts that you don’t have much interest in the Panthers. Typo? πŸ˜‰

        • Reg if anyone purchased a comp it was Soufths in 2014, Inglis, Tom, Sam, Luke and George Burgess, Teo, Tuqiri, Reddy, Goodwin mate the list goes on and onπŸ‡πŸ’²πŸ‡πŸ€‘πŸ‡πŸ’°πŸ‡πŸ’²πŸ‡πŸ’°πŸ‡πŸ’²

        • Sadly Woody, it would take too much of my time to research those answers for you and the burden of proof is on you not me. YOU are the one making the accusation. Just like when I prove my point against the Roosters I don’t ask for your help now do I?

          Suffice to say there has been NO accusation made by any source that I can find. Not Matty Johns or his “NRL informant” or journalists or disgruntled former employees or players from the club. No smoking gun unlike the fully loaded AK-47 with Nick Politis’s fingerprints all over it.

          Look, I’d hate to see a 98 year-old have to work too hard so I’ll throw you a bone… just don’t give it to your Kelpie! 🐢

          Reddy and Goodwin were practically playing for peanuts, Sam was on nowhere near the money he is on now and Tuqiri was on next to nothing as he was at the end of his career and couldn’t pick up a contract elsewhere.

          Reg Reagan November 22, 2018 at 5:15 pm
          Souths won their premiership in 2014 with 5 legit local juniors, another 4 played NYC U20’s for the Rabbitohs and 5 others had never played in the NRL before coming to Souths. Out of their starting 17 only Inglis, Tuqiri and T’eo had played in the NRL prior to coming to the Rabbitohs.

          As above, Souths also had 5 local juniors, 4 NYC U20’s players and 5 others who had not made a name for themselves in the NRL BEFORE coming to Souths (6 if you count Issac Luke, who did NOT play in the 2014 GF). Out of their starting 17 only Inglis, Tuqiri and T’eo had played in the NRL prior to coming to the Rabbitohs and Tuqiri was at the end of his career and earning capacity.

          Good luck building a case around that for Souths buying a premiership in 2014! It will be like trying to hold water in an old colander. Good luck! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        • My source is the NRL. they have every contract of every player in the League. Teams like Canterbury, Melbourne, Parra and Manly have been found out because the equation did not add up. The NRL can add you know Reg. Cronulla are under the microscope at present but it is not massive like the others. As has all teams in the past probably for small amounts and 99% are unintentional.

          So your saying that Taqiri a dual international was allowed by the NRL to play for nothing but if he played at the Roosters you would be the first bloke to jump up and down crying favoritism by the NRL.

          No team these days will risk cheating to win a premiership after the severe punishment handed down to Canterbury and Melbourne. Like I said Reg I have faith in the NRL to police the Cap and punish the cheats. that’s my source. πŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ‘

        • “The NRL can add you know Reg.”

          Yeah, but it helps when they get the right set of books! You forget to mention though that Souths have never been under suspicion of breaching the first tier salary cap and have never been accused of this for their 2014 premiership… by anyone… with sense. πŸ˜‰

          “Money Bill Williams” had just come from playing for the All Blacks the year before when he came to the Roosters in 2013. Tuqiri previously had played for the Wallabies way back in the 2000 World Cup 14 years before coming to Souths. See ANY difference Woody?

          “Think McFly! Think! How am I suppose to hand in MY homework in YOUR handwriting!” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

          Set em’ up again Woody and I’ll knock em’ down again! LOL

        • “Tuqiri previously had played for the Wallabies way back in the 2000 World Cup 14 years before coming to Souths.” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

          Reg I was at the 2000 grand final and Tuqiri scored a try for Brisbane against the Chooksters. I thought McFly and came up with the facts. He last played Rugby for Australia in 2009 and was poached away from the Tigers by Souths where he played League for 4 seasons between 2010-2013.

          Think McReg, THINKπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ’°πŸ’²πŸ€‘πŸ‘

      • The also poached Hasler away from Penrith as a kid quite a few decades agoπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

        • Learn to spell you degenerate. Souths* Souths* Souths* Souths* Souths* Souths* Souths* Souths* Souths*
          Btw the emoji spam is very cringe. Are you a 13 year old school girl who just got given her first iphone WoodChook?

        • Poor Woody is 98 years old FaoPoi and he has false teeth mate but I hear you. I have talked to him about this many times before but he still won’t get new dentures.

          Reg Reagan October 20, 2018 at 11:02 pm
          And again it’s not β€œSoufths”. Fix your dentures old chook.

          I repeat…

          Reg Reagan
          October 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm
          …chooks don’t have teeth, especially old ones. Perhaps if Woody used Fixodent on his dentures they wouldn’t slip out of place and force him to mispronounce words. Unfortunately, his breath will still smell like Polydent but that is the price chickens have to pay to have teeth!

          Sadly, FaoPoi, Woody is the chook that Colonel Sanders rejected! Ha ha ha ha (no emojis, peace!) πŸ˜‰

        • FatopooiπŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©that Sourths chant you displayed above will be the only cheering you’ll be doing in the next 12 months with Bennett heading your wayπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

  2. How can Cronulla be the front runners when they are currently under investigation for fudging their salary cap figures? Also, if the Eels can’t afford Jarrod Hayne how could they possibly afford SJ. As for the Raiders aren’t they asking the Nrl for salary cap leeway due to the injury of Rapana, to me that doesn’t sound like a team with a lot of money to spend. Then there is the Roosters….. I’m still trying to figure that one out. Maybe I’ll understand in a few years time when my full wages go in…….πŸ€”.

    • “Given the Eels were unable to fit Jarryd Hayne under their 2019 cap, there’s no chance the Eels could accommodate Johnson without giving something up.

      Moses looks the most likely to make the move if it happens, as he was linked with the Warriors quite heavily a little while back.”

      And there it is, straight from the article…..

    • “As for the Raiders aren’t they asking the Nrl for salary cap leeway due to the injury of Rapana”.
      That has nothing to do with the rest of the cap and is compensation in line with the laws of the game for players injured while on rep duty.

      The raiders could have 2 million to spend on the cap and would still be entitled to that cap leeway due to Rapana’s injury.

      • The Raiders should have asked the NRL for the same leeway they show the Roosters. Then you will be able to afford Shaun Johnson AND Marty Taupau and you probably could have picked up Napa and Klemmer as well. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  3. Should read 1-1=Rooster Red, Light White and Dark Blue. πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘ I just wonder if the Roosters will sign him starting from 2020 like Brisbane and Souths signed their coach swap a year early.

    As for you Manly78, in the 1980s Manly purchased that many quality players to buy a premiership they had Australian rep international rep Chris Close playing in reserve grade because they couldn’t fit him into first grade, and that’s after they stole Roosters internationals McCabe, Cleal, Dave Brown, Schubert, Boustead and throw in Marty Gurr so sonny jim don’t come on here winging and gripping about the Roosters. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£Then if you go back a couple of years when the Magpies belted the πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©poo out of your side the next few years your Manly outfit went out and purchased half the Magpies including Les Boyd, John Dorahy, Ray Brown, JohnRibot de BresacπŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚Mate you guys have fallen so far down it is hilarious, from Silertails to Blacktown. Not that there is anything wrong with Blacktown its a great City but my point is Blacktown is a long way from Manly.

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        ManWar78 November 27, 2018 at 3:38 pm
        Here we go again. The rorters with the best cap management BS. More like the best hide and seek cap management.

        just to give this person a bit of history about his own club before he starts throwing stones at my club.
        🎢🎀If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones.

      • The salary cap was introduced in 1990 because of Manly and Brisbane’s antics. But it did not work to good early Brisbane still won two grand finals in a row 92-93 with a team full of internationals and Manly made three grand finals 95-97 in a row with a similar team of rep players. Then Brisbane jumped up and down like a spoiled little kid and formed the Super League πŸ€‘πŸ’°πŸ’²Manly to their credit stayed loyalβœ‚

        • I realised where your comment was directed, but i still don’t see the relevance. Your club is accused by fans of other clubs of cheating the salary cap. What Manly did in the 80s wasn’t against the rules so the comparison is stretching it I think.

        • There is a lot of people on here that think League officials are dense. Why would the Roosters risk having premierships taken from them like Melbourne by blatantly cheating the salary capπŸ”πŸ‘Š

        • EELS 47 I can tell you four teams that HAVE stretched it a bit, starting with Manly recently, Parra, Melbourne and Canterbury. Every League boss knows the result of cheating the cap. The NRL will be brutal on cheats. The Roosters are not prepared to put their fans through the excruciating pain of having premierships stripped for cheating. They are and always have been run by the elite business minded people in their field.

          Its about time people get of the Chooks caseπŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

    • WoodChook November 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm
      Should read 1-1=Rooster Red, Light White and Dark Blue.

      “Light White” as opposed to “dark white”. Ah, it never gets old! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Woody, do you have a dark nightlight or a light dark light at night? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  4. Can the Roosters fit yet another million dollar player under their already β€œstretched” salary sombrero?

    Computer says; β€œNO!”
    Ian Schubert says: β€œWhere’s the liquid paper?”
    Uncle Nick says; β€œWhat’s a salary cap?”
    Reg says; β€œin the Roosters case it’s β€œD1ckie Knee’s” cap trying to stretch over Sam Burgess’s head!”
    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      • Same post under ManWar78 without the “additional navigation” so it’s run aground on the “modded rocks”. It will probably be released around the same time Bennett arrives in Redfern!

        • Where were the “subtleties” yesterday when I couldn’t post figures like “$850K for Tauapau and $700K for Napa”. Why must only poor Reg be imprisoned in “the Bermuda Triangle” where truth and common sense disappear like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland down the rabbit hole?

        • They were probably trying to stop your nonsense that Napa walked away from a premiership winning team to a side incapable of making the eight for less money. My argument is Rooster players usually stay at the successful club and sacrifice maybe “$100K + but now” Reg you will have to admit your extra high estimates of Rooster players like Napa “$700K and signed on else where foe $660K at the Dogs” is all bullamakankaπŸ’©πŸ’©πŸŽ±πŸŽ±

        • “They were probably trying to stop your nonsense that Napa walked away from a premiership winning team”

          Ah, so you ADMIT there IS Roosters bias censorship on this site? Has Uncle Nick got adds running here because I haven’t seen anything from KFC or Steggles! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        • πŸ“CITY FORD πŸš—πŸš™πŸš—πŸš˜πŸš”πŸš• Call Uncle Nick πŸ’ͺπŸ˜ŽπŸ€™today for a special dealπŸ“

          No, I haven’t seen any advertisements on this site ever, about Nick ‘s Business….. Reg

          πŸ’ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ‘

  5. Lol Melbourne, Brisbane and goosters cap ‘management’ skills are why people take the game less seriously every year and go to other codes/international sports. If Canberra were gifted the same cap ‘management’ opportunities as goosters theyd be as strong as the late 80s early 90s. If the warriors had the same cap ‘management’ opportunities as Melbourne we’d see the trophy cross the ditch.

    If soccer play their cards right after the world cup in USA and capitalise off the back of the yank marketing machine they’ll grow their crappy brand yet again.

    Watch any weekend kids sports and you’ll see soccer has the biggest participation numbers. Why? Because they are fairer across the board and don’t play favorites based on old school ‘friendships’ held in high places

  6. It’s a huge long shot but I bet the knights still have cap space and a Johnson Pearce combo could rival Maloney and Cleary and Keary and Cronk as the best halves pairing in the comp. This with the recent Klemmer and Glasby signings and already having Ponga Moga Matautia makes team top 8 for sure.

    Eels could make a play apparently they have 200k in cap space so would have to lose either Moses or Norman. I don’t think Johnson solves any issues with the eels if he does end up there.

    If he ends up at the Sharks it could be good for him to develop his game with Shane Flano but would be tough of Moylan who has been playing good footy at 6 and it was partly the reason he left the Panthers. Plus it’s also tough on young Kyle Flano who has a huge rap on him. If Johnson ended up here I could see one of these two players moving to play in the halves elsewhere. In which case I think Flano would be perfect to partner Ash Taylor at the Titans or Lachlan Lewis at the Bulldogs.

    Another Dark Horse but what if he goes to the Tigers. Teams up with former teammates Matalino, Packer and Taylor aswell as getting to play with Marshall from time to time. But they would need to lose abit in Salary.

    • Moses is totally useless as a Rugby League player. I doubt any team would even sit down and negotiate with the bloke that lead a team to the spoon. England is his best bet. There is no way in the world the Warriors would swap Moses for Johnson.

      On the other hand Johnson needs good players around him and has the ability to win a premiership with the right team. If he the Roosters made a play for him to start after Cronk retires at the end of 2019. I for one would be totally wrapped. This player with an X factor is all class. Under the Roosters style of play he would win a premiership.πŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ€™πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”πŸ“

  7. so the warriors can’t even keep 1 player on a million dollar salary , , yeah johnson is inconsistent , but all of this crap has been caused by the media , our club points out one thing about johnson which is true , and the fake news begins enforcing stupid ideas like swaps and early release , realistically if the warriors can’t resign him on what he is on , at least they are being straight up about it , it’s not about moving him on , it’s about keeping the club professional and not losing it over one player

    • It would but we don’t have enough cash…we would have to unload 1 maybe 2 players just to afford Johnson…or possibly just sack Wighton??? LOL offload Wighton, Cotric to fb and Johnson to the halves…problem solved. Wighton is on about $450 I think? We might possibly have 300k in the kitty but wouldn’t be much more then that…I cant see it done any other way really…

  8. I don’t think we’d do a swap with either 1 of ours halves, but it could end up working for Parra nevertheless.

    Assuming Johnson has already got an agreement with another club (poss. Sharks or Raiders), subject to being released, which would seem logical, the Warriors can go shopping, and have already expressed interest in either Moses or Norman.

    I think it’s fair to say Norman is definitely gone at the end of 2019, so hopefully the Warriors take him. For the record, I think it’s a really shame, because I like Norman, and rate him highly, but it’s also clear he and Parra are destined to part ways.

    I’d be happy to run with Moses and Salmon, so we could get some coin to spend elsewhere, hopefully at hooker, if someone was available (poss, Seggy).

  9. Sam Williams and Sezer have 2019 to cement their position if Raiders do not shift Whighton on. Johnson is headed to the Raiders. Which means one of the two halves will be moved on.

    • You know no what Canberras problem is❓❓❓❓❓❓I will tell you, Its Ricky Stuart and his perfectionism when it comes to his halves. He will never be satisfied with his halves after he had a perfect combination in his first ever season with two Rooster imortals in Fittler and Wing. They played the perfect role together and won him his only comp. Then the very next year he changed the winning formula by buying Finch from the Raiders and lost the next two grand finals while his winning halfback of 2002 was turned into a dummy half hooker. Everywhere he has gone he changes his halves. Is it because in his mind they do thinks slightly different to how he would do it back in his playing days❓❓❓❓❓He had a brilliant 5/8 who is now playing in England. Raiders are finished

        • Valid point Sticky is a perfectionist but incorrect with Blake and perfect combo. We the Raiders are a team (i hate to admit) great natural footballers but at the same time dumb footballers. We are forever in search of a game manager in the halves which unfortunately Blake was not.

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