- Apr 23, 2012
Mr Doyle is too good an asset to be lost to RL. I’d love to see him involved with NZRL again in some capacity.
For some reason people will only ever remember him and drag him over the coals for his failed Kieran Foran experiment. While it was most definitely a black mark on his time here it pales in comparison to what he achieved. While his recruitment of Foran was a disaster his getting Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke to put pen to paper is paying off this year. The same people who give him grief for signing Foran do not give him credit for the others.
Another recruitment decision he was lauded for was bringing in Stephen Kearney. I must admit to having done a complete 180 on my doubts of Mooks now.
Lets not forget it was Doyle who brought Cameron George into the fold and also Doyle who pushed Dean Bell out.
Doyle also his locked in Mt Smart Stadium long-term when the RFA's Robert Domm had all but dropped the axe on the Warriors home ground. Not only did he get them to reverse their decision but he secured the ground long term until 2028. Also got the huge screen installed which anyone who has attended a game will tell you its a great addition to the game day experience.
Despite the club being a failure on field he's done well to get bums on seats and make the club even more financially stable than his predecessor had. Eric Watson spoke of Doyle "driving the financial benefits to the club of the NRL's new club funding model." I would doubt there is a single person involved in any of the other 15 clubs who would have a greater understanding of the NRL's funding model than Doyle.
I've made no secret of my personal mancrush on Doyle. What he did for the NZRL back when the game was only days away from put into involuntary liquidation is something all Kiwis and league lovers of this country should be indebted to. I share others sentiments that I pray he remains in the game in some capacity.
I wanna thank Jim for all he has done for our beloved club and wish him all the best for the future.
ALL HAIL GODOYLE!!!