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Well, firstly obviously I'm hoping this will finally mean Hayne to six. My hope is that Stuart's experience as a half can get Hayne to make a rapid transition into the halves and I will to my dying day say that Kearney's biggest mistake was not keeping Hayne in the halves once he got him to place a few games there. I can hop back onto my unicorn on this basis alone.
The half back spot will be interesting. Can Stuart transform Sandow. Sandow may very well have the rest of this season to show Stuart he's got the potential to grow into the kind of half-back Ricky Stuart's likes running his teams. Because I think Luke Kelly is much more like a Stuart-style of half back.
I think if he reproduces his liking for a mobile forward pack that will suit us. We've never played the power game very well - and we don't seem to produce really big forwards. But I think he'll definitely want more aggression from our forwards, and that might be a challenging thing for him to try and achieve.
I actually think Stuart will be a decent fit if he has possibly learned from his past NRL coaching jobs that he probably has to tone down the intensity. I've always admired his willingness to innovate and try and take the game in new directions and I think Parramatta is a great club to do that at, because as we have shown the last couple of years we don't fit very well with the type of game played by many of the other clubs.
Lets see what would a coach with at least half a brain do hmm.....
Hindmarsh to play 80 min
SOO front rowers to play more than 30 min
Players that have been performing to remain in 1st grade
Players that have not been performing to be dropped to Wenty
Players allowed to offload (without waiting till we're 31-40 points down)
Id be happy for Hayne to be both number 6 and captain of the footy team.
he is easily the best player we have had at the club for many years and he needs to be given responsbility to match
1eyed you are presuming RS will come to Parra? I wish I had your optimism mate. While he has gr8 experience and did ok with origin, he'd want to improve his tactics and player side too- I did not overly rate him when coaching NRL, so let us hope he has improved, as his teams at East and Cronulla were tough teams, but lacked creativity IMO. I do think he has learnt a lot since then but origin teams are different to NRL week in week out- and Y would he come to us with a rudderless board??
I think Stuart could turn out to be a great addition to parra if he does sign with us. I think the boys would turn up on game day becuase it seems to me that they are looking for a mate/mate who wants to play footy (If you know what I mean).
It will be a shame but i think after next year under sticky Sandow will be gone with Kelly at 7 as a more stable halfback. Hayne will be resigned straight away. But i can also see Sandow staying and really striving under Stuart too
maybe stuart will be the bloke to take sandow to the next level, if ricky can articulate n relate to chris in the right way, we might see a new man in sandow, with a new level of confidence n a new out look on his role in the game, i can only hope this is the case.
Bye bye luke Kelly??? Kelly will be a permanent 6 or 7 in our team for years