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Jay Sullivan

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Comedian, Writer, Canberran.

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Very keen to know what you think signing Jamal means for those coming through and the rest of the team.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Thoughts on Jamal Fogarty?

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Keen to know how you think Fogarty will go and what you think that will mean for the young guys on the cusp and other player movements.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

How does JF fit your bill?

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Jamal Fogarty it is.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

So, now you know…thoughts?

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Agree. Am just a bad writer sometimes. I think I meant that those in that bracket experience less harsh consequences, but happy to admit that just be my incorrect perception too. In my mind rich people have better lawyers and media teams that the average person getting busted in and around the process.

I guess I was angling more for a: ‘these are things we have known about for a long time’, and it’s taken a long time for Sonny Bill to be able to discuss it. We know the negative consequence on society more broadly but potentially aren’t doing all we could have been since the Sonny Bill era and earlier to support player welfare, more positively away from excess, toward more of a “time to shine, time to save, time to capitalise” – because this is condensed earning period – and as an asset you want to minimise risk to dollar value attached to you and maximise time spent at maximum value and anything connected to white substances don’t help with either of those things in NRL player market. Player welfare and wellbeing and support is not something I ever expect to be perfect but always open to criticism and to be improved upon. I was hoping it was clear that I don’t think things on the ground has improved much consumption, lifestyle and behaviour wise. Even if it’s on par with other groups they are getting propped up and sucked in by a culture with harsh consequences for others in the supply chain.

I think Sonny Bill was a great player, and for him to walk away from that was a brave choice for a young man. Not many people get to be that good at one thing and have it generate income like he could doing it. It’s a hard choice and has some important lessons for others and I’m glad Sonny is reflecting on his experiences. We should also reflect on how we support the development of something he is generating (football and behaviours) that become something he has to escape from, leave the whole game and get completely away. I don’t know – I’m interested to see what he thinks and says about the topic when it comes out.

But I agree with what you said, just trying to explain my bad writing with some more bad writing. 🙂 thanks for reading!

Why I'll be buying Sonny Bill's book

I’d like him to find his feet and succeed, would certainly be a good story if he was “the one”.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Ricky sure did have a great passing and kicking game. I still can’t believe how accurate and far some of his passes were.

Helped having Meninga, Daley and Chicka on the end of them too I guess.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

It seemed to help Mitchell Moses’ confidence and focus knowing he had an Immortal giving him advice and guidance, but I could be wrong.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Agree about people who are good at something aren’t always best at imparting knowledge to others, guess I am being slightly optimistic that playmakers who are feeling a bit flat, out of sorts or needing a change couldn’t buy into the idea of slotting in behind the forward pack and working with CNK and Wighton and co to work a bit of magic.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Maybe they should call the Tumut Blues or Gundagai Tigers and see who is on the books? 🙂

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

It will certainly make the jump a massive one for young playmakers to step onto the stage under the scrutiny and pressure.

I know lots of people are struggling to stay positive and upbeat during the lockdowns and pandemics, being a young NRL prospect in these times it would be hard to stay focused and disciplined to be ready when called up, that’s for certain. Hope all clubs are looking after them as best they can.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Would be mixed feelings to see Mitchell Pearce help the team who ruined his Dad’s fairy tale ending in 1989 to win another competition, but he could be a good fit.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

It is a tough shift to come all the way from the UK. Maybe the Raiders should look towards Cootmundra, Junee, Grong Grong, Matong, The Rock, Yerong Creek and other cool sounding places for a future star? 🙂

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

It’s been funny, lots of Tigers fans were suggesting Luke would be good for the Raiders to take today.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Yeah, it is a unique skill set. Ideally, who do you think would be best fit?

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Winning games can change perceptions quickly. They almost won the competition, and then something shifted – can be hard to unpack all the factors.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

It’s part of why I wrote this too – I’m shocked that Luke or Ash haven’t tried to pitch for the gig…and if you don’t ask…

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

I’ve heard great things too about Schneider, and we all know heroes can come from anywhere. ????

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

Not necessarily – but if Ricky can’t be the mentor then the hero would have to try something different to get there.

The article is definitely hoping Ricky could click with someone, form a special bond and inspire them to greatness.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

It would be a special person to come in, and doesn’t look like many are putting their hand up.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

If it was your job to pick one of the current halves to come in – who would you pick?

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

You got it.

The seed for this piece was reading that Ricky and the Raiders were chasing players and I wondered why it wasn’t the other way around.

So obviously, to win the comp, in the current predicament, they need a hero. Someone special who is up for a challenge and who can extract the diamonds from the mine of Stuart. In the hero’s journey – it’s on them to figure it out, the mentor can’t do it all, so it would not all be on Ricky Stuart.

Maybe the incoming halfback needs to request their own mentor/whisperer (like Johns at Parramatta) potentially.

Or the Raiders need to speed up the process of creating a Director role for Stuart and bring someone else in if they want to win a premiership anytime soon.

But ultimately glad you liked it. It was fun using the hero’s journey to the quest to find a new halfback and win the prize.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

If you mean the lime green milks…no.

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