Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:47 am
Ruddy Duck wrote:Every year, the club arrange three friendlies, but in not one of those games do you see the club turn a full strength team with most of the first team squad playing for most of the game.
Sorry, but that is in my opinion not the ideal preparation for the season.
Last Sunday, we lost 10-22 to Leeds because unlike us, they took the match more seriously by fielding a smaller squad with less substitutes.
If we are to have three pre-season games than surely, one should be a full first team selection, the second a team of non selected first team match players made up with academy players and the third a full academy team selection with all three game involving no more than twenty players in the squad.
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:24 am
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:02 pm
Cruncher wrote::CROWDED: Loath though I am to sound a negative note when nothing negative has happened, I too have often wondered about the wisdom of fielding reserve sides in warm-up games.
I see the value of getting long-term casualties back into action. So it would be an excellent run-out for the likes of Manfredi and Bullock, but to play lots of kids who most likely won't be featuring in many SL matches seems odd.
Is it not the first team regulars who are supposed to be getting warmed up?
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:07 pm
Manfredi came through okay
Bullock was very good particularly second half
Joe Sharrocks looked very very good. Ball playing Loose.
Harry Smith and Hanley look exciting.
Harvard and Kilner (plus Bryne) means I’ll let Flower go at the end of the year. Big prospects (literally)
Mitch Clark I thought struggled to make ground, did put a shift in though.
Greenwood and Burgess very quiet in a game where they should shine
Jake Sharrocks - just doesn’t impress me at all. Would rather Josh Woods still be in the squad.
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:04 pm
NSW wrote:Also felt Jack Wells looked great.
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:12 pm
NickyKiss wrote:He looked in great shape physically although I can’t say I noticed too much from him playing wise. It could be a slow process with Wells but he’s somebody who I’ve been excited to watch develop at first team level for ages. The injuries have held him back but he was exceptionally talented at academy level and I still have high hopes he could become pretty special.
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:33 pm
NSW wrote:Have a rewatch if you get time mate. I may have been guilty of “looking out for him” but thought he put a real shift in and got involved a lot.
Was made up he got a new deal last year, I feel we should be patient with him, was superb in 2017.