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Walter Penninger

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My usual position in a football team whether league, soccer or AFL was left right out, but I did try. I will also take this opportunity to apologise to you in advance because my views are bound to offend someone or everyone sooner or later. For the record I am a long time Dragons fan.

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So the dedicated players are going to train for 49 weeks and play 3 weeks?

How and when and on what performances are you to select dedicated players?

Why not give up the whole concept of origin and let a Lebanese team play?

Could Origin eventually use a dedicated set of players and not share them with the NRL?

IS THIS ARTICLE GOOD OR BAD TIMING?

Is John Morris too nice to coach the Sharks?

Widdop is still signed for 3 years so there must be space.

Dragons silent on Widdop 'Brexit' strategy

Hopefully working on it now.

Luciano will sing for Dragons forwards in 2019

All is silent from the Dragons, maybe McGregor has no idea, but you do not buy players for ISP.

Dragons silent on Widdop 'Brexit' strategy

I agree.

Dragons silent on Widdop 'Brexit' strategy

I think Aitken was carrying injuries. Basically if Aitken is not going forward he is injured.

Lafai worries me defensively but you could be right about Dufty’s impact off the bench.

Dragons silent on Widdop 'Brexit' strategy

True, but at least there is a depth of talent in the Dragons squad.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

Dufty, will presumably be back to fullback when Widdop is gone and needs good game time to improve, which is why I prefer him on the wing which is less challenging defensively than fullback. I also would not discount his ability to break the line bring the ball back from a kick.
Interesting to see also what the 20=40 rule change makes for wingers, Dufty may cope better with it than bigger wingers.

Dragons silent on Widdop 'Brexit' strategy

There are not a lot of Corey Norman fans out there.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

Charles,
I do not think it is legal to leave the soon departing captain out of the side.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

Last year I predicted Manly not to make the 8 and got loads from Manly fans, but they have even less chance this year.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

Not many thought they would make the 8 last year.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

Not sure what the Dragons are up to with Runciman maybe short of Salary cap.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

Agree that McGregor is too conservative but what else can he do?

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

Nene had and still has the potential to be a Radrardra but did not really develop at the Dragons.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

I agree with your comment on Lafai who has been poor since leaving the bulldogs, but unless he performs this year it could free up some salary cap.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

The Dragons have been very quiet on the return of Charly Runciman and he still does not feature on their ISP or NRL squad lists despite Mat Head ISP coach acknowledging that he has been in training since mid-December.
It could be that he is not in favour with Coach McGregor as he left after being ignored by him or alternatively they have already named 28 or 29 of the 30 man NRL squad and want to keep the remaining positions open to cover injuries or finally they may simply have run out of salary cap for the NRL squad in 2019, but will have plenty free after Widdop leaves in 2020.

Dragons silent on Widdop 'Brexit' strategy

Third Party agreements where businesses seek to associate themselves with individual players are a legitimate way of funding which is not reliant upon NRL grants so I am in favour of retention.

Third Party Agreements: Should they be limited or scrapped altogether?

Kieran Foran and Bevan French are walking a tight rope, but the others should not be worried.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

I think that in 2018 he was doing too much passing and not doing enough running from 5/8 so maybe fullback will solve that.

Departing Dragon Gareth Widdop signs with Super League side

Scott,
I thought they really showed some finals form in the last 2 games of the season which was lacking in previous years.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

Well buying Corey Norman will do the Dragons no harm and I expect he will take Widdop’s 5/8 spot in the Dragons side.

Departing Dragon Gareth Widdop signs with Super League side

The rookies for the Broncos have to perform in year 2, but even if they do experienced teams will wack them at the end of the season.

Can the Brisbane Broncos make the finals in 2019?

What odds are you offering?

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019