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I am not sure mate, he is one that sadly fell off the radar.

He never got a contract post the ACL which was probably rough but I don’t think we had the space. He’s back in Mackay playing at Wests I think. It’s sad but he may well end up being someone that could have been and lost belief in himself and his dream. I hope not though.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Thanks Larry.

Interesting points you bring up.

What I was trying to say was Robson will be our starter, I don’t doubt. But we have three fighting for it, but you’re right my guess is that he will be it. He could very easily be our secret weapon if we use him properly and build a game model that works for him, because he could be huge for us in this day and age.

Greig, will probably get every chance to prove himself. 124 kilos isn’t a disadvantage, but it needs to be used properly and be a psycho with a work ethic like Papalii and Paulo, with them it’s one speed, go. Molo was an ISC standard for you guys, but for us, he has improved ten fold. Not a star, but super reliable and probably one of our more consistent players all year. He bends lines, works hard and adds so much punch through the middle. He will no doubt bring more of the same this season.

McGuire’s discipline this year was actually quite good I thought. He’s not a saint, but I thought he reigned in a lot of bad on-field behaviour compared to previous years. He has the grunt you need still, but he has managed it a lot better.

Payten is walking into a more stable environment, than Seibs got dealt. He isn’t working with the problem with a lot of old boys supposed angst and a divided committee. But I agree to an extent that it mightn’t work out. We will need to wait but I am very optimistic personally.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Legend, thank you very much.

I agree on Drinkwater. For what he brings in attack, I just hope he is willing to bring in defence because there’s so much work to be done there. But if he can, he’s a complete half.

Centre will be great for Hammer’s development, particularly if he can learn a lot in defence and get that right. Not that it’s bad, but improvement is key.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Thanks mate, I appreciate that.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Thank you so much mate, I appreciate that a lot.

I think the lads will be stoked to have something new, buy in won’t be the issue. Hopefully Todd keeps evolving even once he has found the working formula, which the best always do.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Thanks very much mate, appreciate that a lot.

Gilbert and Dunn are assets for the club. Keeping them is vital.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Dunn is a fantastic player. He could very much be our Wade Graham in a lot of ways. He’s a tall, rangy thing but he loves to have the ball and very slick. Thinks like a playmaker. I think he’s one who will be better for Todd’s arrival.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Thanks again mate.

I wouldn’t worry about looking elsewhere. Todd and the club want to develop so we will absolutely see it. I think it’ll be all about building from within and we have a very good eye in Dane Campbell around, who’s spent time with the great Paul Bunn. So that’s a coup for us in my opinion.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Nat, gosh I hope that happens if they don’t start showing. I think there’s a lot of potential in our young group. The challenge is keeping them, history shows it’s not our best.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

R N, for me Hess was used wrongly and the fact he was a confidence player was exposed.
2016/2017 he was built up by coming on late and running at tired edges. That’s how he built his confidence and became consistent in doing so. 2018, he was dropped in and that probably wasnt the right way to do it, lost a lot of confidence in himself and the pressure of a kid who burst on to the scene struck. 2019, they tried to bulk him up and turn him into this big thing but it backfired and he looked like an aircraft taxier at times, couldn’t turn.
Hopefully we see what he was meant to be. Todd Payten had him in 20’s, if he can’t turn him around I am not sure who can apart from a Bellamy, Bennett or Robinson.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Since 2017 he has never been right, he has often been seen holding back and protecting the shoulder.

2019 he came good toward the very end I remember the Storm game where he used his size to get into the line, make those passes and draw in numbers. 2020 he started okay, but that Rabbitohs game showed everyone why he got paid the big bucks, shame he’s never had as many chances as he needs.

Marsters attack for us was solid. Lots of offloads and he’s awkward to tackle which are two fantastic elements of a game to have. I say he has the attack of a Maclaren but the defence of a toy car. Hopefully he can develop the defence of something as tough as a troop carrier.

We absolutely need stability and consistency, you’re right. Hopefully its coming.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Would be really interesting to see. Hopefully Val can build some connections with a steady pair of halves to allow him confidence in what he does in attack.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Thanks mate!

I think O’Neill will be looking at his options this season onwards. He has moments, he will pop up and score a few tries here and there when we’re winning. But for me, it is not close to what it was. And I think the sooner we develop guys like Taulagi, Lemuelu and Bell, the better.

Dunn’s ball playing ability will hopefully pay dividends with Payten’s new approach.

Holmes will be key, it’ll be interesting to see if he can string consistency together at fullback. He played well towards the end and there were flashes in his last few games. Hopefully we see more of that and not the beginning.

Morgan’s fitness will be imperative. We needed a calm head to close games out last year and didn’t have it.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 2: On the field

Potentially, yeah.

But I think the clean out will do wonders. Thanks for the feedback mate.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 1: Off the field

Thank you Jimmy, I am always really appreciative of your feedback and nice words.

I’d just be doing straight fitness and defence, agreed, but they need work on the catch pass as we saw plenty of times that season.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 1: Off the field

Really appreciate the feedback, Joe.

100% with you but I’d probably put Hasler in the same basket as Green with temperament.

Each of those guys such as Maguire, Green and Hasler you can’t keep them around long, but they’ll bring you success. They will change the mentality of your club and help you take that next step, but they wear thin when they achieve everything they need to and need to be after the next challenge or club.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 1: Off the field

Thanks so much mate, I hope you’re right!

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 1: Off the field

Thank you very much.

It’s been a very interesting time for many clubs. Payten is as good a fit as any. I think if we’re willing to be patient, he will bring results.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 1: Off the field

You’re 100% right. The role Michael Morgan plays when he is fit is instrumental, not matched by many.

And on Payten, you’re right there too, in many ways he is probably everything we needed!

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 1: Off the field

Good fortune, or poor defence? Either way, as a Cowboys fan I’ll always take it.

I believe Green stayed too long, absolutely. The best thing for us was his arrival, the second best was his departure because I think he didn’t seem to evolve. That was his problem. Robinson and Bellamy always are, that’s what keeps things fresh. Nothing good comes from being stale.

2021 Cowboys analysis, Part 1: Off the field

A very loyal servant.
Played a role off the bench throughout our premiership campaign. Was a key player in our 2017 finals series and played with a broken hand. That’s the type of guy that he is.
Very versatile, ball-player who’d play pretty much anywhere if he was asked.
This is probably the type of player and clubman that the Broncos need and the example on and off the field for young forwards like Carrigan, Palasia and Riki. Guys like Piakura and Willison too.

Kept Jason Taumalolo on the straight and narrow, made sure he was turning up on time to things. Broncos should make it mandatory for TPJ to spend time with him a few times a week.
Probably the character the Broncos need atm.

Look after him Broncos, you’ll love him.

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He turned down the Warriors due to a family situation. Corona Virus created an unknown as to whether him/his family could travel to and from Australia easily.

The Cowboys get their man

Thank you so much mate! Really appreciate that.

The Cowboys get their man

Our youngsters have worked with him previously. I hope that helps them go forward again, guys like Hess for example, they worked with Todd in the Holden Cup days. I’m putting hope into that.

The Cowboys get their man

It won’t be easy, but if there’s anyone you’d have some faith in judging by what we see from the Warriors, while that’s not all Payten, it’s him who’d have a chance to do that for the Cowboys!

The Cowboys get their man