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The Spine

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Alan, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Alan

    Alan Well-Known Member

    The most important positions are the Numbers 1,6,7 & 9. With rare exceptions these are the positions that command the big dollars because you can't win a premiership without outstanding players in all 4 of them.

    For a 1st rate fullback, clubs will pay $550,000pa plus.

    The amount offered to Hiku of $333,000pa is NOT what you would offer a player you thought was going to be your number 1. It would be an insult.

    It is however an amount you would offer a pretty good utility player that could cover your backline.
  2. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    Pennant Hills
    +1,565 /38
    Isn't Manly (according to the papers) offering him $750K over 3 years so $250K per season? Still it's good coin for a guy that has played only around 20 NRL games.
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    • The Who

      The Who Well-Known Member

      Mona Vale
      +5,599 /117
      Used to be that all you wanted your players to display was 'backbone'.
      Now we have the Gen Y word 'spine', to go along with 'red zone', 'line-runner', 'nice angles', 'bomb-diffuser', 'hit-ups', 'good D' . . .
      There really is a lot of cr*p talked in RL these days.
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      • StuBoot

        StuBoot Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

        +871 /8
        Don't forget 'A and B defenders' or the 'inside shoulder'.
      • mozgrame

        mozgrame Well-Known Member

        +4,772 /47
        Don't forget the worst of all....TRENT!!
      • Snake

        Snake Doing The Eagle Rock!

        +3,144 /159
        I still think good props go a long way to winning premierships. The backs can't really do much if the team isn't on top in the forwards.
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        • HoldenV8

          HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

          +8,009 /144
          When they are all fit an firing, there has been no better 'spine' in rugby league (club football at least) in the past 30 years than Snake, Foz, DCE and Matty Ballin.

          The only quartet I can think of that was as good or almost as good was Canberra's spine of Gary Belcher, Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart and Steve Walters back in the late 80's and early 90's.
        • Chip and Chase

          Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

          +6,834 /51
          So because we are only paying him $250K it means we don't want him ??

          I wish I could find a company that didn't rate me and wanted to insult me with $250K p.a.
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          • EaglesDontTweet

            EaglesDontTweet Well-Known Member Premium Member

            +1,423 /19
            The term 'The Spine' doesn't faze me, but the term 'Phase' really fazes me. Keep it away please.
          • SeaEagleRock8

            SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +7,912 /149
            Doesn't sound quite so much if you know you might need a hip replacement in about 10 years like poor Robbo (or something even worse) ...!!
          • Chip and Chase

            Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +6,834 /51
            That's what medical insurance is for.

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