Which players should your team stop lingering with?



There’s nothing quite like seeing a new talent explode onto the scene and immediately light up the NRL. It’s exhilarating and their dazzling skills remind everyone why they fell in love with the game in the first place.

However, for every success, there’s bound to be quite a few players who just can’t cut the mustard.

Most of these players don’t get more than a first-year pass and just can’t take their chance. Others might play a few dozen games, filling in here and there due to team injuries or rep calls before quitting.

There’s no shame in that, because any professional NRL player has reached a level that very few people in the world will reach. The problem can arise when coaches persist with players far beyond any justified statistics.

Every team has them, but here are the most obvious players your team should consider leaving.

Talatau Amone – Dragons of St George Illawarra

Junior Amone has racked up over 40 games in the NRL, and to start off he certainly looked like a brilliant prospect. However, it has now been 20 games since his last try this season, he has just two assists, and his defensive effort borders on diabolical.

Playing against the Raiders this year, he had seven successful tackles and was credited with eight missed tackles. The rest of his games aren’t much better. If he doesn’t help on offense, is a hindrance on defense and his off-field antics are still in court, one has to wonder why he persists when the Dragons have a quality replacement in Jayden Sullivan. .

Bailey Simonsson – Parramatta Eels

To put it bluntly, four tries in 25 games as a winger is pretty anemic, but those are the numbers you’ll find for Bailey at the Eels. Eels aren’t lacking in points either; Simonsson just isn’t often in the mix. It’s not that fast, fairly error-prone, and its meter consumption has gone down this year.

His positioning is also less than ideal, considering he’s now 70 freshman games, and he’s also not big enough to be used as a battering ram. Another finishing option would be great for Parramatta, especially when Sivo has scored more than five times the number of tries Simonsson has since Bailey joined the club (and in fewer games too).

Wade Graham – Cronulla Sharks

There’s no doubt that Wade Graham is a hugely accomplished and, in his prime, hugely talented player who achieved virtually everything in the game. That’s why it’s been hard to watch him fade away so strongly in the second half of his career. career.

No one will take away the praise Wade has garnered, but he’s been enjoying it for quite a while. This is compounded by the fact that the Sharks continually unearthed great second rowers and forwards who were forced to sit behind Wade for a few years.

It’s just too slow and too big for the modern game, and the introduction of the rules of six again a few years ago really exposed its weaknesses. It’s a bittersweet pill to swallow for many loyal Sharkies fans, but Wade really should have been tapped on the shoulder a few years ago.

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Aaron Woods – Manly Sea Eagles

It is truly amazing that Aaron Woods got another contract after his tenure at his previous two clubs. Although he only played as a trade forward, and not even that much, it’s hard to see any reason one would sign Woods other than the beautiful fairy tale ending he had to bring back to his childhood team.

Even without taking into account that Manly traded two young and future Dragons players for Woods, it’s hard to see where Woods’ value lies.

His defensive reads are shocking and his runs are even smoother than ever, often hitting the opposing line from the back.

To add to these shortcomings, he regularly gives new sets as he cannot get out of tackles any faster due to his physical condition. How he managed to get a gig with the Dragons and now Manly will forever be a question for many fans.

Tariq Sims – Melbourne Storm

Many people saw Tariq Sims as a valuable signing for the Melbourne Storm, as is the case with so many of their signings who come from mediocre teams. The problem in Tariq’s fairy tale story seems to be that father time has finally caught up with the hulking forward.

Although it still looks incredibly fit, the gas tank just isn’t there anymore. He doesn’t have that impact down the line that he once had, and he struggles to pick the smaller men on the pitch to run for when the opposition easily covers for him.

On defense, he still has those defensive brain clicks he’s had his entire career, just at an accelerated level. While he might not be bad in depth, you have to imagine he’s paid a bit too much for the 20 or so minutes he sometimes plays in a game.


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