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Damo Santi

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Definitely not worth 1.5m a season, not even close mate. Freakish talent undoubtedly but still a young man and hasn’t even tasted finals footy in his career yet.

Better, stronger, faster: Kalyn Ponga is the Six Million Dollar Man

Bird’s a good player, but prone to injury. I’m surprised about your thoughts on Kenny, he really seemed to be the missing piece of the puzzle to Penrith which consolidated their 7 game winning run. Coming back to Verrills, the Roosters will likely snap up his services for the long term in typical roosters style.

The signatures your team should be chasing this off season

Looking forward to seeing them and MacArthur come into the league in the next couple of seasons. Expansion wise I think it’s quite smart of the A-League as Western Melbourne and South West Sydney are some of the fastest growing regions in the country.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

No need to attack Jack personally nemesis, he’s just simply brought a big result in the favour of the opposition in a a rivalry and touched on how MVFC are going to bounce back after such a heavy defeat. You claim he should remain anonymous due to his poor writing skills but here you are with the name “nemesis” very hypocritical if you ask me.

Will Melbourne Victory suffer from a 6-1 finals hangover this season?

Fergy seems like a changed man, has really steered his life around, putting all his focus on footy to do the talking. His kick return metres is just what we need for game 2. Murray’s ability for kick play the balls puts Cook in his element catching slow/tired forwards off guard. Cordner’s game on Sunday was an absolute blinder, put some huge hits and led from the front, an Inspirational performance and something players look up to. Lastly, Jack Wighton player a lot of centre during his younger career days and his defensive work is outstanding, another thing we lacked in game one.

Has Freddy gone a little bonkers?

Some harsh comments towards our efforts in South Korea last week, a partially under strength squad away from home in front of over 50,000 South Koreans. Not to mention the players with few caps under their belts, such as Craig Goodwin and Mitch Duke. I thought we contained the likes of Son Heung Min despite his world class dribbling and shooting ability. Duke was unlucky not to score with his header coming off the post in the early stages.

Who should the Socceroos take to Qatar?

Unfortunately the A-League can’t keep up with the invested-high quality Asian teams, without a current salary cap. The possible replacements are definitely not up to ACL standard.

Player overhaul: Perth Glory edition

Huge signing. One of the most underrated players for the last 4-5 years

Kosta Barbarouses signs with Sydney FC

Put Haas at 8 and bring either McLean or Finucane off the bench.

Klemmer out for 4-6

The AFL seem to boast a much better traditional club format for its main headline. AFL crowd figures are an example of this, in which the NRL envy to achieve such extraordinary attendance figures for regular season games.

The time is right for an AFL State of Origin revival

The culture of brutal, big hitting sports just doesn’t seem to exist within Chinese culture. This is telling, considering Shanghai has a population of over 26 million people and failed to attract over 10,000 people. The Chinese market is one that many franchises and codes want to explore with remarkable statistics suggesting that 1% of the population is equivalent to 13,000,000 people. Unfortunately, the AFL doesn’t stand a chance against the huge investments being made by its government into Chinese Super League and soccer academy’s.

Why the AFL's China venture misses the point

Craig Goodwin was a pricy pick up itself from the Dutch league Mike, as for the FFA cup I clearly display A-league only content in my article, as the FFA cup is an entirety different comp with a mixture of semi pro teams. I might also add it’s quite easy to finish 4th in a 10 team competition.

A-League season review

Just a well run club at the end of the day. Always have been always will be, the thought of living in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs would attract the attention of many talented footballers.

Sydney Roosters are the NRL benchmark, but why?

100% Daniel, nothing better than so
called sports banter and picking out your favourite teams faults, as a good fan does.

A fan's dilemma: What's wrong with being a couch coach?

Le Fondre is going through a rough patch in form of late, hasn’t looked as dynamic and clinical as he did earlier in the season. Siem is injury prone as he as been through out his career. I think Sydney will bounce back after their 2-0 defeat to city. Brisbane have been ordinary this season as they have been for the last couple of years, despite that Jamie Young is outstanding in goals

Can Corica's men silence the Roar?

100% agree AJ, don’t know why people are getting so hyped over the thought of Pangai Jnr in a blues jumper, one good game against the cowboys and he is suddenly on the radar. NRL is a tough competition, players constantly get injured too. Origin talk should be saved until at least rounds 7-8

It’s Round 3 - lay off the State of Origin talk!

Would put Maloney over Walker. Saved the game for the panthers and rallied his troops when they needed it the most, Walker played some good kicks in behind though. Jahrome Hughes should also get a mention. Solid at the back and saved two certain tries against Canberra.

NRL team of the week: Round 2

Wingers have certainly come a long way in the modern game. Corey Oates is another example of a winger acting like a second front rower. The Storm system is expceptional, Bellamy always gets 100% out of his players, Jahrome Hughes is certainly villing the void left by Slater (I know it’s only round 2) but he looks right at home.

Storm and Broncos win on the back of the NRL’s greatest showmen: Suliasi Vunivalu and Tevita Pangai

Sydney are still 2nd on the table. I think they’ll find it tough to match Perth Glory, as will most other clubs. Siem has always been injury prone through out his career and Raza is still settling in. Filling in Arnold’s shoes will always be a tough gig, Sydney should at least keep him for another season.

Should Sydney FC sack Steve Corica?

Good point, although it seems Dortmund have the upper hand at distributing talent. Bayern poch a lot of Dortmund talent. Look at Lewandoski as an example, the best striker in the world in my opinion. Germany also lost 3-0 to The Netherlands in the nations league. Probably just a rough patch like most nations go through.

Is German football in a state of decline?

Del Peiro had similar traits in his stint at Sydney Fc too. Would always take a dive and given his legendary status, most referees would obliage.

Why opinions in football are rarely universal