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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Fri Sep 30, 2022 11:06 am  
I'm assuming we'll get the Bateman going back to the NRL news first before the Wardle signing (if either are actually happening?). News management 101.
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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:48 pm  
I reckon a year ago most of us would have said (did say?) that retaining Bateman was way more important than retaining French. I don't think that now. JB has been OK, but he's not irreplaceable.
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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Sat Oct 01, 2022 6:31 am  
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I don’t get the logic that because we haven’t announced him yet he must be going elsewhere…yet nobody else has announced him.

I’m not directing that at you necessarily but it seems to be the underlying thoughts lately.

KPP isn’t a centre. He’s a secondrow. King is the only specialist centre in the squad for next year as it stands with Thornley being a utility back and maybe the same for Halsall.

Time will tell I guess but if it’s not Wardle we sign we still need another centre in this squad regardless of who we currently have signed.

Hope you’re right pal.

To me, Wire only one senior centre too and are getting rid of Holmes which might be clearing space for Wardle.
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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Sat Oct 01, 2022 8:30 am  
Wigan6/Leeds1 Andy wrote:
I'm assuming we'll get the Bateman going back to the NRL news first before the Wardle signing (if either are actually happening?). News management 101.


Read that NRL clubs are pulling out of a deal for Bateman as Wigan want £200k transfer fee
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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Sat Oct 01, 2022 1:01 pm  
Just confirmed….it’s Dom Manfredi’s Birthday.

Dan on the other forum is suggesting it’s Patrick Mago’s Birthday at some point next year.
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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Sun Oct 02, 2022 8:56 am  
I think maybe we should start managing expectations regarding Wardle. I don't know anything, but there's definitely a sense that this story has died down a lot, and frankly, if we have signed him, I can't conceive of any reason why it hasn't now been announced.

As for Bateman, I too have seen the story that Aussie clubs are stepping back thanks to the transfer fee - which wouldn't surprise me at all given that the NRL is still so amazed by itself that it automatically assumes all Brits should go there on a free because it's such an honour. Personally, I'm not too bothered either way. When JB went the first time, it was with all our best wishes because we felt he should try himself at that highest level. He did a job for Canberra, and then came back, citing homesickness, family etc. None of which suddenly seems to be an issue now that we hear there's been a mid-contract conversation with yet another NRL club. I'd be frustrated if we hadn't heard it before with the likes of Budgie and Hastings, so now I just shrug and say 'if they don't want to be here, why try to keep them'.

I don't think JB's performances have been all that, either. He's played as if he's not as committed to Wigan as we all thought, and in my view has been lucky to make the England squad.

I don't hold it against him, by the way. It's a short career, he has to maximise his earnings, etc etc ... it's completely understandable. But from our POV, I no longer consider him the essential name on the team-sheet.
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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Mon Oct 03, 2022 11:03 am  
Little mention here of Dean Whare potentially joining us :THINK:
He will be joined by teammate Willie Isa as well as 19-test veteran Dean Whare of the Catalans Dragons who is, ironically, widely expected to join Isa at Wigan in 2023.

https://www.seriousaboutrl.com/michael-maguire-names-new-zealand-squad-as-two-wigan-warriors-men-drafted-in-for-game-against-leeds-rhinos-59921/
Little mention here of Dean Whare potentially joining us :THINK:
He will be joined by teammate Willie Isa as well as 19-test veteran Dean Whare of the Catalans Dragons who is, ironically, widely expected to join Isa at Wigan in 2023.

https://www.seriousaboutrl.com/michael-maguire-names-new-zealand-squad-as-two-wigan-warriors-men-drafted-in-for-game-against-leeds-rhinos-59921/
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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Mon Oct 03, 2022 2:09 pm  
I might be the only one, but I think Whare could be very good inside French, very good indeed.
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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Mon Oct 03, 2022 2:16 pm  
We will have to be losing a quota player if we are really in for Whare.
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Re: Rumours and signings v9 : Mon Oct 03, 2022 2:25 pm  
jonh wrote:
We will have to be losing a quota player if we are really in for Whare.


Yeah that's true. Unless it's Miski, or Isa then I'd begrudge losing any of our quota guys. They've all, to varying degrees, played a part this year and I really like the idea of a proper settled side going into 23.
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