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Life long Dragons fan but a sports fan in general.

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How good was he against Melbourne?

2020 Dragons season review

Yep, it’s ironic that a football team can improve with so much cap space out of the side

2020 Dragons season review

The Dragons were as bad as they had to be so Paul McGregor could finally get axed.

Dragons won 15 games from 44 matches over the past 2 years which is 34% pretty sad but then again we’re rolling into 2021 with increased enthusiasm because of the change in the coaching ranks.

Brisbane are 2020's biggest disappointment, but the Dragons are not far behind

Comparing Fiji internationals to Origin Players is very disingenuous, one of names you mentioned Joe Lovodua I’ve never even heard of. He’s certainly not a first grader at Saints

Brisbane are 2020's biggest disappointment, but the Dragons are not far behind

With Jacob Host not being retained plus Frizell off to Newcastle expect a new second row next year. T Sims played lock against Melbourne & I thought he was very effective in securing the middle.

It’ll be a new looking pack next year and not before time.

Brisbane are 2020's biggest disappointment, but the Dragons are not far behind

Tristan leaving indicates that Norman will be at the Dragons next year. I know he’s been shopped around everywhere but there’s been no takers, similar to Foran. Dragons need two 5/8’s a starter & a backup, there’s no room for 3.

So the question is, who’s going to be the starter & who’s the backup?

Brisbane are 2020's biggest disappointment, but the Dragons are not far behind

I don’t know about that mate I guess time will tell. Hook only has 2 years to get results so I think we might improve a bit quicker than you think.

2020 Dragons season review

The club has been trying to offload Norman for a while but no luck. No one wants him!

2020 Dragons season review

JdB back lock has an effect, it tightens up our central defence & it puts McInnes to 9 which is his best position. What Hook decides to do with Hunt will be the main story line going into 2021

2020 Dragons season review

I think the club will be doing everything they can to move Norman on. But who’d take him? There was a rumour Newcastle was sniffing but it didn’t lead to anything. McInnes, Clune, Sullivan & Dufty is a very good spine all quick on their feet & capable of playing what’s in front of them rather than relying on structures

2020 Dragons season review

Thanks mate yes it was a good game and a glimpse into the future. I think we’ll be ok next year I’ve got faith in Griffin

2020 Dragons season review

We saw yesterday the impact of T Sims playing lock our central defence was significantly better than the games against Canberra & Newcastle. Full off-season & hopefully both brothers come back 100% fit next year.

2020 Dragons season review

There were 3 games during the year when we were really up the game; the send off for James Graham, the send off for McGregor and the send off for Frizell & Aitken.

So this shows me we can lift for big games but the coaching staff wasn’t able to get that level of intensity week in & week out.

The theory is Hook can fix this & bringing in some new players to bring some extra spark. I feel very optimistic about next year.

2020 Dragons season review

The finals will be the goal for the Dragons in 2021. When you consider Penrith have gone from 10th to Minor Premieres in one season you’d have to say anything is possible right?

But for the Dragons to win 16
or 17 games to make 7th or 8th a few things need to go their way;

– Jack de Belin needs to beat his rape charges & make a successful comeback after a full off-seasons training

– Corey Norman needs to be moved on & off the 2021 roster regardless of the cost. The Dragons can’t win enough games with Norman in the side.

– Dragons need to obviously recruit well they need;

a mobile prop Jack Hetherington is top of my wish list.

a quality second rower Joe Ofahengaue looks likely with the club in talks with him. Should this deal fall through John Asiata’s name has also been mentioned

a seasoned veteran with a tough edge that can set an example for our younger forwards Josh McGuire is my choice

– Ben Hunt needs to return to halfback & play like the player we thought we were getting. With JdB back in the team McInnes returns to 9 & unfortunately Clune misses out. Perhaps Clune might get a chance during the rep season or if Hunt’s form collapses. In any case with Tristan Sailor not retained Clune is a very handy backup.

– Cody Ramsey needs to be transitioned to fullback, it’s his best position & he’ll be a more complete player than Dufty. I don’t think we’re a semi final team with Dufty at 1.

– James Schiller will begin to emerge in 2021, James is another talented young Fullback so I’d like to see Dufty get a run at 6 in Canterbury Cup.

– Finally the Dragons need to get off to a good start to the season, something like 5 from 7 including a win over the chooks on ANZAC Day. We need to get some confidence early & build momentum. If the Dragons are chasing wins late in the season I don’t think we’ll make it.

I rate our chances 60/40 in our favour. Hook is only signed for two years so he’ll be looking for success early he can’t afford 2021 to be a throw away otherwise the calls will come to hook Hook.

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

The finals will be the goal for the Dragons in 2021. When you consider Penrith have gone from 10th to Minor Premieres in one season you’d have to say anything is possible right?

But for the Dragons to win 16
or 17 games to make 7th or 8th a few things need to go their way;

– Jack de Belin needs to beat his rape charges & make a successful comeback after a full off-seasons training

– Corey Norman needs to be moved on & off the 2021 roster regardless of the cost. The Dragons can’t win enough games with Norman in the side.

– Dragons need to obviously recruit well they need;

a mobile prop Jack Hetherington is top of my wish list.

a quality second rower Joe Ofahengaue looks likely with the club in talks with him. Should this deal fall through John Asiata’s name has also been mentioned

a seasoned veteran with a tough edge that can set an example for our younger forwards Josh McGuire is my choice

– Ben Hunt needs to return to halfback & play like the player we thought we were getting. With JdB back in the team McInnes returns to 9 & unfortunately Clune misses out. Perhaps Clune might get a chance during the rep season or if Hunt’s form collapses. In any case with Tristan Sailor not retained Clune is a very handy backup.

– Cody Ramsey needs to be transitioned to fullback, it’s his best position & he’ll be a more complete player than Dufty. I don’t think we’re a semi final team with Dufty at 1.

– James Schiller will begin to emerge in 2021, James is another talented young Fullback so I’d like to see Dufty get a run at 6 in Canterbury Cup.

– Finally the Dragons need to get off to a good start to the season, something like 5 from 7 including a win over the chooks on ANZAC Day. We need to get some confidence early & build momentum. If the Dragons are chasing wins late in the season I don’t think we’ll make it.

I rate our chances 60/40 in our favour. Hook is only signed for two years so he’ll be looking for success early he can’t afford 2021 to be a throw away otherwise the calls will come to hook Hook.

The teams already dreaming of 2021

Another update on the Norman rumour, apparently part of the deal was that Norman was to be rested in the final game of the season. The team just came out & Norman is out & Sullivan is in.

The plot thickens

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

Yes he has but he hasn’t signed anywhere yet

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

Kurt Mann is one of those versatile players that suffers from being constantly moved around. It was the same when he was with us

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

Well they let Blake Green go to Canterbury so they are looking for a replacement

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

True but that’s the risk isn’t it. But if it meant moving on Norman a year early it might be worth the risk. Also I don’t think it’s a no coincidence that Hunt’s form has dropped since Norman has arrived.

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

From what I know he was released from the bubble when Sullivan was brought in. Sailor is off contract & looking elsewhere for a gig with more playing time. It’s a shame but you can’t blame him. Being stuck behind Norman must be frustrating given that Norman is a automatic pick every week.

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

Have a look at the comments above about Norman staying behind after the game on Sunday to meet with Adam O’Brien.

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

Sure, but if we got 15-16 games out of him for $350-$400k I think that’s pretty good value.

Also who’d you prefer mentoring Sullivan, Foran or Norman?

The tepid attitude the team has at the moment is due to lazy players like Norman setting a bad example.

Say what you what want about Foran but he is a professional.

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

I know he’s a grub but desperate times call for desperate measures. We need to toughen up & get some respect back

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough

Foran is available. He’d be half the price & twice the player Norman is & would be a good mentor to Jayden Sullivan

For Dragons fans, 2021 can't come soon enough