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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:09 am 
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Judging from various interviews with Lam, post game last night included, it does seem that French will be 1st choice fullback until further notice. You can definitely see why from an attacking viewpoint, we just need to see how he copes with the defensive side.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:14 am 
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that hit on lineham in the second half was awesome.....he didnt have the ball though :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:13 pm 
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I think it would be a lot better to move French to 6 and Hardaker to 1 once Gildart is back.






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There is no need at all on that showing to move French away from 1.

Smith to 7.

Tommy to 9.

Locky spelled at 9 if TL can’t do the full 80.






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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:27 pm 
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jonh wrote:There is no need at all on that showing to move French away from 1.

Smith to 7.

Tommy to 9.

Locky spelled at 9 if TL can’t do the full 80.


Has to be IMO and I’d love to see Harry Smith take his chance. There’s real uncertainty over the six and seven shirts at Wigan past this season and him bursting through could help ease people’s minds.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:37 pm 
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jonh wrote:There is no need at all on that showing to move French away from 1.

Smith to 7.

Tommy to 9.

Locky spelled at 9 if TL can’t do the full 80.


Hardaker did enough last year to cement his starting position this year IMO. He’s kept out of trouble and got his head down, also if that were to case then why give each the 1 and 6 shirts and not play them there from the start. Yes French has done well there but all you risk doing is upsetting Hardaker who’s done nothing wrong and been punished for it. Mind you, Lams done it with Escare and also Flower just ostracised them from the team despite putting in good performances previously.






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jonh wrote:There is no need at all on that showing to move French away from 1.

Smith to 7.

Tommy to 9.

Locky spelled at 9 if TL can’t do the full 80.


Hardaker did enough last year to cement his starting position this year IMO. He’s kept out of trouble and got his head down, also if that were to case then why give each the 1 and 6 shirts and not play them there from the start. Yes French has done well there but all you risk doing is upsetting Hardaker who’s done nothing wrong and been punished for it. Mind you, Lams done it with Escare and also Flower just ostracised them from the team despite putting in good performances previously.


If Hardaker played at fb last night we don’t win that game. For everything he does solid, he hasn’t got the speed, creative spark or the hands that french has. Why you’d want to move french away from his best position after that game last night is beyond me!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:51 pm 
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dh13 wrote:If Hardaker played at fb last night we don’t win that game. For everything he does solid, he hasn’t got the speed, creative spark or the hands that french has. Why you’d want to move french away from his best position after that game last night is beyond me!


Read a bit further pal, don’t just twist things. I said once Gildart is back, having Hardaker in the centres is better than having Hankinson there, as a team we are stronger. Now once Gildart is back, both he and Bibby are good centres so what do we do with Hardaker? Put him back to 1 and French back to 6. If we get injuries to Gildart or Bibby then Hardaker goes back to centre and a French 1.

Don’t get me wrong, French did well last night, very well, but I feel for Hardaker who got player of the years last season and he’s being put into the centres where he’s average.






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Read a bit further pal, don’t just twist things. I said once Gildart is back, having Hardaker in the centres is better than having Hankinson there, as a team we are stronger. Now once Gildart is back, both he and Bibby are good centres so what do we do with Hardaker? Put him back to 1 and French back to 6. If we get injuries to Gildart or Bibby then Hardaker goes back to centre and a French 1.

Don’t get me wrong, French did well last night, very well, but I feel for Hardaker who got player of the years last season and he’s being put into the centres where he’s average.[/quote]

Professional sport isn’t about making sure everyone plays where they want though is it? Got to do what’s best for the team! Gildart will slot in at left centre when he’s back and it’s up to Zak and french to play well and keep their place...if french blows his chance then Zak will no doubt slot back in there no problem but if it’s not broke there’s no need to fix it at this moment in time.

Bibby for me would be be back to drop out for when Gildart is back, but it’s all hypothetical mate depending on who’s fit at the time etc!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:09 pm 
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dh13 wrote:
Professional sport isn’t about making sure everyone plays where they want though is it? Got to do what’s best for the team!!


Making sure people are happy is man management, without good man management skills you are a poor leader/coach/manager. What’s best for the team is making sure morale is high and people are happy in their work as you get a more productive team member.






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