How much is Michael Jennings worth?

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    Michael Jennings had a few choice word for Parramatta while playing for the Panthers. (AAP Imgae/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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    Ivan Cleary is absolutely correct in saying Michael Jennings is not worth $650,000. Simply put, no centre is worth that much.

    I am waiting for the chorus of Roarers hounding me about Souths and Greg Inglis. But he is not a $650,000 as a centre, he’s a fullback well worth that and then some.

    In modern rugby league, unless you are truly sensational, big dollars are not coming your way unless you are a number 1, 6 or 7. One could debate this is not new.

    Most of the greats were forwards with an ability to offload or played 1, 6 or 7. Cameron Smith is a modern exception but in another team or era he would have played in the halves.

    Getting back to Jennings, the Panthers have cleared the decks for their coach to be able to get ‘his team’.

    I am not saying Jennings will not perform, but you need to understand something about the coach at Penrith. Cleary was no exceptional talent, he was a toiler. He put in a 100% every week. He was a Jason Taylor or a Greg Florimo, not an Andrew Johns or Bob Fulton.

    This does not mean he dislikes players with natural ability, he just would not understand players that don’t give a 100% all the time.

    Jennings would need hot wind and ego stroking. Cleary does not offer this and Phil Gould would laugh it.

    Still, I think Jennings will thrive with the change. Some players need one to re-ignite their passion and career.

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    • January 18th 2013 @ 8:53am
      turbodewd said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:53am | ! Report

      STOP PRESS – Jarryd Hayne is NOT million dollar material. He, in fact, has been a core reason behind Parra’s recent misery. The bloke is missing in defence. All. The. Time. He is a myth that came in the wake of his awesome form of late 2009. That’s a long time ago!

      Hayne only shows up for Origin, otherwise, since the 2009 GF he has been a complete pretender and done nothing. Its defence which lets him down at fullback, he was never there to make the tackle or hold up the ball carrier. Billy Slater, however, has performed more holdups than a dozen Gary Jacks which is amazing. Now if Hayne is put at 5/8th we may well see a different player coz he has nowhere to hide.

      • January 18th 2013 @ 9:35am
        oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 9:35am | ! Report

        Garbage, Hayne can do what no other players can do, he is a bargain at 1 million. You build clubs around players like him.
        Send him to the Broncos if you dont want him, i happily pay 1 million for Hayne. The guy is probably in the top 3 players in our code.

        If the Broncos had Hayne we win 3 premierships in the last 3 years. It is Parramatta;s fault for not getting the best outta him, and also he carried the team for a couple of years.
        Ricky will get him firing. You watch.

        • January 18th 2013 @ 10:15am
          Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:15am | ! Report

          Pfft no. He had 1 super year and that’s it. If he can mentally get back to that… But that’s a big if.

        • January 18th 2013 @ 10:18am
          turbodewd said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:18am | ! Report


          has Parra been crap for 3 seasons in a row? Has Parra conceded heaps of pts despite your Super Hayne being at fullback? Hayne was a garbage fullback. His defence back there was poor. He might be a different player at 5/8th. The guy has talent! But defensively he’s was been AWOL.

          • January 18th 2013 @ 11:12am
            Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:12am | ! Report

            In 2009 he was a good, a bunch of hold ups and miracle tackles. Position wise he was pretty poor even in form, though.

            • January 18th 2013 @ 11:33am
              Terry Kidd said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:33am | ! Report

              Hayne is a winger, not a FB or 5/8 …. doubt it? Why does he play SOO on the wing?

              • January 18th 2013 @ 11:43am
                Adam said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:43am | ! Report

                A player who can throw a cut out pass harder, flater and faster than anyone in the league (except maybe for Benji), why would you play that guy on the wing?

              • January 18th 2013 @ 11:51am
                Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:51am | ! Report

                I meant fullback defensive positioning wise – he always seemed to be late to the party, compared to Slater who seems to be everywhere.

                Exactly, I don’t know why more weren’t intercepted, I’m assuming on the roll people were too worried about not screwing up to think “hey, 25m pass coming my way, I should go grab it”

      • January 18th 2013 @ 12:03pm
        Luke M said | January 18th 2013 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

        Hayne is a weird case. I personally feel he is one of the most naturally gifted players i have ever seen. The guy has all the skills. There is just something holding him back, whatever it is. I can honestly say with a straight face that if J.Hayne wated it bad enough, J.Hayne could be the best player in the world.

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          January 19th 2013 @ 2:52pm
          Damn Straight said | January 19th 2013 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

          Thoroughly agree. His issues are definitely psychological. If he can get that noggin of his back into his “happy place”, then his talents will shine through again. He is definitely a rare talent. But he has also developed a reputation for being a lazy, chronic underachiever.
          A lot of people think that his 2009 form was a fluke, but I don’t think that’s true. I just think he got caught up in all the media hype and attention that followed his 2009 form and lost focus. Without proper mentoring, this would likely happen to any gifted 23 year old athlete. Sport is littered with the carcasses of unfulfilled talent.
          But I guess rugby league isn’t the most important thing in life and the world, is it. 🙂

    • January 18th 2013 @ 9:00am
      jamesb said | January 18th 2013 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      It will be interesting to see what the Panthers do in 2013. No Lewis or Jennings, it looks like the Panthers have gone in a very different direction.

      Are they saving money to get a big name player like JT, or are they trying to cater for the young juniors coming through?

      We shall see!

      • January 18th 2013 @ 10:30am
        Mike said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:30am | ! Report

        I agree James. Lewis & Jennings were the highest paid players at the club so they must have some exxtra cash under the cap for a marquee signing. Lets get JT!

        • January 18th 2013 @ 12:07pm
          Luke M said | January 18th 2013 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

          They are looking at big bucks on a playmaker, which is the correct way to administer the cap. They were spending HUGE on Coote, Gordon, Jennings, Grant, Mckendry and Lewis and hoping mediocre L.Walsh could lead them around. Walsh is an ok player but not capable of running a premiership winning team. I am a Panther fan and while i’m sad to see these guys leave, if it delivers us a smart play maker i will be a happy fan.

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      January 18th 2013 @ 10:36am
      Cameron Kellett said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:36am | ! Report

      Problem with having a player paid $1 million per season will always mean a team of champions, but not a champion team, thus the reason why Melbourne storm are so consistent and successful.

      Cap evenly spread with the 3 best players covering 3 of 4 most important positions.

      • January 18th 2013 @ 11:13am
        Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:13am | ! Report

        It’s not the money, it’s the % of the cap. The storm big 3 deliver, deliver, then deliver again. Jennings has 1 good year, Hayne has 1 good year. Has Sandow ever had a good year, or just a good game here and there? They are players you do not want to tie so much money in. The Morris brothers are far better value then those guys, they’re not freaks but they’re damn good, very consistent, and can play a variety of positions.

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          January 18th 2013 @ 11:56am
          Cameron Kellett said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:56am | ! Report

          I was astounded at the amount Sandow was thrown! My Dad supports Parra and wasn’t happy when they bought him! Don’t think Sterling has expressed his full feelings on the purchase either.

          • January 18th 2013 @ 12:09pm
            Luke M said | January 18th 2013 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

            He won’t fit Ricky’s style either. The Eels will be begging other teams to take him by the end of the year.

          • January 18th 2013 @ 2:10pm
            Matt said | January 18th 2013 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

            One of those “the only guy who thinks it wasn’t absolutely stupid is the guy who did it” things.

    • January 18th 2013 @ 11:48am
      oikee said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:48am | ! Report

      Some bad news boys, Jon Mannah just died. Sad news.

      • January 27th 2013 @ 7:51pm
        dubbo teacher said | January 27th 2013 @ 7:51pm | ! Report

        Yes, well said oikee, RIP Jon. A damn fine family he belonged to.

    • January 18th 2013 @ 7:13pm
      Gus Paella said | January 18th 2013 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

      Sad news about JM. Comiserations. Oikee you are driving me crazy haha You are deluded but very entertaining. Keep it up mate!

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    • January 20th 2013 @ 3:13am
      Johnno said | January 20th 2013 @ 3:13am | ! Report

      Micheal Jennigs will be a good buy for the roosters. He has good acceleration, and scores some good tries.

      • January 27th 2013 @ 8:38pm
        dubbo teacher said | January 27th 2013 @ 8:38pm | ! Report

        Jennings might do ok at the roosters, couldn’t be any less impressive than he’s been at Penrith. On week in week out form he’s worth 300k max. He can’t create, can’t jump high to take bombs, can’t take pressure off his forwards by taking it up off his own line, is an ordinary defender. He is explosive, ie he has acceleration and a bit of a swerve. He is a finisher of opportunities created by others.
        It reflects well on Cleary that he has got rid of him.
        If centres are so important btw how did Melbourne win the comp with theirs?
        As a Parra fan I was actually happy when Kearney was appointed coach. He was a real tough player, as hard as they come, and had just come from Melbourne.
        YET he pays top $ to Sandow???!!! I can’t believe his lack of judgement … and that others involved allowed that money to go on a trumped up nobody like Sandow…
        How can decision makers out there think the likes of Jennings and Sandow are worth 550-650k??
        Into that category of flushing money down the toilet you’d have to put Dave Taylor btw. I only hope Mal chooses him in the Qld squad.
        Seriously I’d rather have Mitch Allgood in my squad, no to mention the likes of Finucane, Teo or any number of up and coming backrowers.
        As for Hayne, well if he can’t tackle there’s no way he’d handle 5/8. The defensive workload there would kill his career. The great thing about fullback is that not much defence is required. True, the tackles you need to make are very often try savers but I’d rather he be there for Parra than 5/8 where backrowers would be running his way like Pitt St at peak hour.

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