Any halves signing is influential for a club so it's worth debating TMM given the strength of the rumors to see where people sit.
You are probably right about the options being limited. Most of the options either are unlikely to come here or may have another downside or that magic player probably isn't available.
Word on the Panthers forum apparently is that he shagged a teammates girlfriend. That aside, I'm really struggling to understand this signing. Further confirmation that the powers that be at the Warriors have no idea?Does anyone know why Penrith are happy to let him go? Are they confident of signing Cronk or someone like Dugan for fullback and switching Moylan to 6? Or has something else gone down?
But that's my biggest issue as well - my best mate is a Panthers fan and has seen more of him play than I have. Reckons TMM and Shaun Johnson are way too similar. I'm just not getting the whole recruitment strategy. Seems too opportunistic and lacking genuine strategy.My mate coached te Marie so I texted him to see what he thought and his reply was-
"Awesome pick up but same player as johnson. He'll love being home."
I replied- better than Ata?
Take from that what U will.
Here's a bit of a comparison between the the two this year- small sample size- I think tmm has played 6 first grade games and Ata 4?
Anyway it's averages per game.
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The answer is 6 Shaun Johnson 7 Mason Lino.Comes down to lack of options really. TMM and Ata are neither here nor there. Ata has stronger defence and is a game manager, but I feel is still abit green and was afraid of Shaun Johnson's stature to overcall him early in the year. He was given the reigns in the Tonga game over the weekend and did a solid job leading them round the park. TMM is a show and go player and is a perfect foil for a manager like Cleary. So Kearney is going against everything hes learnt Shaun Johnson needs to thrive since Forans inclusion. But TMM upside is he can create genuine opportunities with his speed and pass selection.
I'm on the fence as to who is the better option, only due to Ata still being 19.
Can't see him going to Storm though as they have a young 7 in Brodie Croft who is on par with Ata if not better.
Not buying it. At the end of the day, TMM doesn't have the physicality thats required to play NRL week in week out, Anthony Griffin even said it himself. Playing with Shaun Johnson is a disaster waiting to happen, we complain about Johnson's propensity to drift in and out of games and his terrible short kicking game, well TMM echoes these same weaknesses.