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Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:25 am  

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Well to be fair, his description there was austin for the first half of his first season, and bits of last year and that's why he was signed, for fan excitement and media attention from performances.


I wasn't posting in response to what Mather's said as I'm not part of the Twitterati, more that he's a right to voice an opinion and if/when he did, why would someone question anyone on here referring to it.

If that makes sense....time for a lie down
Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:29 am  

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I'm sure I read on here after he signed but before he came that he had a history of setting off like a house on fire when he first appears but then his effectiveness tales off. Or I may have imagined it, who knows what is real anymore?
Just my opinions unless it's a FACT, in which case it's a fact.
Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:02 am  
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I wasn't posting in response to what Mather's said as I'm not part of the Twitterati, more that he's a right to voice an opinion and if/when he did, why would someone question anyone on here referring to it.

If that makes sense....time for a lie down



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Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:45 am  
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Regarding Mathers' tweet, it's probably likely he's voicing the general opinion of many within the club & the game as a whole, that, as a marquee signing, Austin has been a bit of an anti-climax.. Its not that he's been a disaster, but he's not really providing value for his inflated money - what we get from him is probably no different from what you would have got from simply having Ratchford, or any half decent half back, there instead.

If you took a neutral & asked them to name our marquee signings based on the last 12 month's performances, would anybody really pick Austin?.. Widdop maybe, but definitely not Austin. If anything, Daryl Clark stands out as our marquee player & I'd suggest if we pay anyone a top player's salary, then it's him. I can see why he's off to the NRL if we don't, he warrants a reward for his efforts and talent.
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Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:14 am  

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I think we might be forgetting something.
Austin definitely definitely was a star ... until he got injured at Catalan. I think he was leading the Man Of Steel Points and definitely favourite to win it. I remember watching a clip of his tries in the that first season ... brilliant. Go back and search for those tries ... if you cannot remember.
After the first couple of months he was a superb signing, a marquee player of quality and Price was not being pilloried for his half-back's form or for how he was being coached.
That was two years ago and he just hasn't got back that zip.
Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:21 am  

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I'm sure I read on here after he signed but before he came that he had a history of setting off like a house on fire when he first appears but then his effectiveness tales off. Or I may have imagined it, who knows what is real anymore?


That was the opinion on the Canberra fans' message boards when he announced he was leaving them. I don't have a problem with Blake (when he's picked) as a running threat partnering an in-form Widdop, but I do feel it risks unbalancing the camp due to his vastly inflated salary compared to those who offer a consistent contribution (even if not quite as silky as an in-form Austin).
Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:26 am  
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If you took a neutral & asked them to name our marquee signings based on the last 12 month's performances, would anybody really pick Austin?.. Widdop maybe, but definitely not Austin. If anything, Daryl Clark stands out as our marquee player & I'd suggest if we pay anyone a top player's salary, then it's him. I can see why he's off to the NRL if we don't, he warrants a reward for his efforts and talent.

This is probably why Daryl will be off and who can blame him?

He looks over and sees Austin have about 5 good games at the start of every season and then go missing for the rest of it whilst on marquee money meanwhile Clark slogs his guts out every game running his blood to water and has probably been our most consistent player for the last 3/4 years yet isn't appreciated in a money sense in the same way by the club.

The club need to be moving heaven and earth to make Clark a marquee player for next year to keep him here.
Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:32 am  

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Smiffy27 wrote:
I think we might be forgetting something.
Austin definitely definitely was a star ... until he got injured at Catalan. I think he was leading the Man Of Steel Points and definitely favourite to win it. I remember watching a clip of his tries in the that first season ... brilliant. Go back and search for those tries ... if you cannot remember.
After the first couple of months he was a superb signing, a marquee player of quality and Price was not being pilloried for his half-back's form or for how he was being coached.
That was two years ago and he just hasn't got back that zip.

Absolutely, speaking with a pal just today about Austin, 2 years ago you were off your seats when ‘Austo’ had the ball in his hand 30 out from the opposition try line.
Not anymore. He said over a season ago that his game had changed since arriving as a controlling role... Wish it hadn’t tbh.

Anyways...as much as ‘Austo’ did need dropping, and the win proves the fact, I was informed that ‘Austo’ passport was indeed at fault.
Either way, if ‘Austo’ had our club interest at heart, he would admit that you can’t change too much a winning team, and accept nothing other than a bench spot...
IF ‘Austo’ starts vs KR, that almost proves by self admission that it was a passport issue rather than form.
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Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:37 am  

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I think it needs to be said that it is perfectly possible for D Clark to be on a wage equal to Austin's without being a marquee player. The Marquee is a way of expanding the salary cap nothing more.
Just my opinions unless it's a FACT, in which case it's a fact.
Re: Blake Austin Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:40 am  

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This is probably why Daryl will be off and who can blame him?

He looks over and sees Austin have about 5 good games at the start of every season and then go missing for the rest of it whilst on marquee money meanwhile Clark slogs his guts out every game running his blood to water and has probably been our most consistent player for the last 3/4 years yet isn't appreciated in a money sense in the same way by the club.

The club need to be moving heaven and earth to make Clark a marquee player for next year to keep him here.


It would be great to keep him. But we really won't be able to compete with the money in OZ if he fancies cashing in on his skills. I think we will be paying Clark very well now.
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