Quick improvement in 2025

I'm not sure some of you realise how horribly coached this team has been - in particular the last couple of seasons but in my opinion we've underachieved since 2018. 
Some people have been living in absolute denial or forgotten what a well coached team looks like .  Yes there are issues with the roster , but this is the roster BA wanted . It's power forward heavy and we rely less on our outside backs than any other team . Whilst the game moved to guys with leg speed and athletes doing yardage work out of the back field ,  we neglected our backs and kept buying forwards.  Add to This : 

- We've never had a solid defensive structure . It's struggled on the edges , at marker and that's been obvious but we also miss a shit tonne of tackles . Going into this season the absolute priority of our squad should've been developing a solid structure where every player knew their role . We went from conceding 24 a game to 30 a game  off the back of the longest pre season out of any club. Ciraldo has developed a solid system in 18 months . BA didn't in 11 years .  BA had the luxury of a bloke who can start opposition sets on their 10 off his boot and we're still leaking 30 a game . 

- BAs been throwing in rookies who aren't prepared or ready for NRL. He used to be super  conservative with brining kids in .. then he bought in Jake and friends and started chucking in blokes who were unprepared left and right . As opposed to developing guys and giving them jobs to do in first grade , he uses first grade as the job experience. 

- Whilst still on Jake .. BA couldn't separate the job from his emotion. Crying like a blubbering mess when Jake scored on debut while a touching father and son moment what other coach does this ? BA has said a tonne of times since he was flicked debuting Jake was one of the biggest highlights of his 11 years .  It may be nice for him to debut his unready , untalented son .. but he lost the ability to do his job first and managed to convict himself playing Jake at 7 , Mitch at 6 and DB at centre was a worthwhile option . When that backfired he decided to try make him a super sub in a run to a GF. 

- his use of interchange has cost us games . Flogging guys till the tank is completely empty and leaving them on the field too long has wore our middles down over the season . His response ' we pay them the big money to they need to stay on the field ''... completely stupid. 

- he let his personal feelings towards players stop him picking our strongest side . 

- Youngsters in our team have been getting worse by the season and having trouble staying 'in' games . Dylan Brown has been coached 'just to run the football'' when you need at 900k half to be more. 

-  We've never developed a culture where our effort and professionalism were non negotiables . We had huge ups and downs within seasons and cost ourselves top 4 finishes. 

- the complete disconnect between the side and the fans / media . We have absolutely slipped miles behind the rest of the league when it comes to this .

Need we go on . My point is a new coach was an absolute must . Whether Ryles is the right appointment or not we won't know until we see what he brings to the side but we've given ourselves a chance to get out of the Desd set stone ages in NRL coaching and really modernise what we're doing  with a guy who can evaluate our roster fairly and to the standards of the modern game . BA had the absolute luxury of having an international front row , representiitive halves and stability in the roster . We were miles ahead of most other clubs with our roster  but I feel we didn't get to where we could've . Not so much in terms of making a GF but the style we played , our defence especially .. was never really amosntt the elite of the competition . 

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        • Totally agree, mate. Lomax is one of the best wingers in the comp (at the moment). I'm just thinking how desperate we are for quality out wide - potency, speed & yardage - I'd honour the centre promise or put him at fullback if we don't nab someone like Fa'alogo. 

          IMO honouring our word as a club is also important. It's about honour, respect and building trust. Timeless qualities. He's also still young and developing his mental resilience  (we saw what happens to him when this goes astray) and it's likely he might face some challenges down the track after this purple patch. 

          Right now, wing is probably his best position, but he's got the talent for all three positions anyway. Worst case, he develops more skills and provides more depth in areas we are vulnerable in. A win-win, long-term. Lomax is a top 5 player in our roster. Just get him in and playing his best.

           

          • HOE, I can't see any other position than Fullback for Lomax - Zac confidence will be sky high after the SOO series, Gutho is slowing down so centre I feel would be the right call.

          • You raise an interesting point there Hoe, If Lomax and Penisini played on the same side, then they could do a lot of switching. I have to be careful here as I did say in another post Guth and Lomax could also be effective switching as well.....Ah! Balance, its never easy....here we are an embarrassment of riches in our backline LOL

        • i think he offers more on the wing as well ME, I suppose it is how you sell it, there is a genuine case for him and Gutho to switch around, not this negative defence and attack switch shit but legitimate situations that can present differently. No one has talked about Guth being on the wing, but mixing his game up and switching between the two of them is not as silly as it sounds.If we are in the red zone attacking, I would prefer to have Lomac on the wing and Guth dive bombing from the back. Guth is exceptionally good under a high ball as well, but rarely finds himself in the air on an attacking kick.

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    • Agree ME, it's definitely not a total rebuild some smart  recruiting, offload a few senior players - debut some more young talent this season the outlook is positive. 

  • wow you said a lot without actually saying anything new that everyone doesnt already know about parras issues

  • I'm thinking Lomax fullback, Talagi right centre and Penisini left centre. I think DB will bring the best out in Penisini including his defence. Then chase a good attacking 2nd rower inside DB.

    These are reasonable easey to do. It's our defence that needs a major overhaul. Structural and technical. Apparently Ryles is a defence thinking coach, he will have his work cut out for him.

    I'm thinking end of 2025 he will tap a few on the shoulder. There's 5 or 6 SG footy players need a full season in NSW cup to push for a shot at FG.

    • I honestly believe Tuilagi can be that backrower for Dylan.

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