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  • #16
    I like it, a great defender and has experience in our system! Everyone relax with the manu fear, I'm sure he'll resign.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by RoosterBoi View Post
      I like it, a great defender and has experience in our system! Everyone relax with the manu fear, I'm sure he'll resign.
      Agreed

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      • #18
        For those saying that manu is gone, don’t say that yet. I bet they made this signing to protect js from fg. He’ll be 18 for most of next season. He’s not fully grown and will get limited runs in fg. Beyond that momo will fill the role of iku

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        • #19
          Terrific signing - don’t forget he can also play wing if required so he could come in for Iku, plus sualli is 18 and Smith hasn’t played a lot of first grade without getting injured.. we just signed a premiership winner, can’t complain with that!

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          • #20
            Good signing.

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            • #21
              I remain concerned about Manu. Doesn’t mean he’s gone but November 1 is looming without news.

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              • #22
                I’m happy with this. JS can ease himself into FG on the wing.

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                • #23
                  Yeah this is definitely making me nervous about Manu, at least he's a goal kicker.

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                  • #24
                    Good insurance at a reasonable price. Gives the Graham-Taufa twins a chance to develop and covers us well in the short term if either of the Joey's leave

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                    • #25
                      I thought the obvious signing if we were going to sign an outside back would've been a winger. However I guess this means that Robinson will look to bring Suaali through on the wing as the Brett Morris replacement.

                      Given that I'm happy with Momorovski, I think he's a very solid player and puts all the pressure on Smith. If he's good enough he'll take Momorovski's spot and if he's not then we've got a solid, reliable first choice option.

                      Given the lack of quality in the centres across the NRL, Momorovski is a good pick up. When you're wanted by Melbourne, Penrith and the Roosters you're doing something right. Hopefully reaches another level back here.

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                      • #26
                        Great signing but think it's more about loosing Morris and Smith being injury prone .Think Joey will make our Xmas happy
                        "You know who you are and who I mean so stay the hell away from me "

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                        • #27
                          If he is Manu’s replacement then we are trading in the Ferrari for a 1970s Datsun.

                          Good depth signing. Experience from Melbourne and Penrith will be great. (He probably didn’t learn too much at Tigers).

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                          • #28
                            He's a Roosters style player who will improve even more back here. Fantastic low cost buy.

                            This is what Peter O'Sullivan and others say about Momirovski;

                            O'Sullivan's faith in Momirovski was quickly vindicated as he co-captained the SG Ball (under 18s) team to a title in 2014 before featuring at five-eighth in the 2016 NYC (under 20s) premiership.Coincidentally, they beat the Panthers in both grand finals. "I watched him play over the years and he's just the ultimate pro, Paulie – even when he was a young fella," O'Sullivan said.

                            "We brought him into SG Ball and I clearly remember using him as an example to all the other players who were playing SG Ball and junior reps for us – the way he prepares, the way he plays.

                            "You see he's got great shape, he's got beautiful balance, he's got very good skill, he was very coachable ... He was always going to make it, but it took him a bit longer than I thought to get there."

                            Anthony Barnes, the long-time Roosters junior reps coach who has nurtured the likes of Victor Radley, Latrell Mitchell, Joey Manu and countless others, was struck by a teenage Momirovski's maturity.

                            "Very businesslike in everything he does and a good fella, but he's a sensible kid," Barnes said. "He still has a little bit of a laugh and a giggle, but he's more on the serious side.

                            "And they're always the ones that go good, the more mature ones. The thing with him is everything is sort of straight up and down.

                            "He runs good lines, but he just does everything right. He plays the ball, everything is at 100 per cent. It's all the little things.

                            "He doesn't leave anything to chance. He dots all the i's, he crosses all the t's, and he gets everything right. That's him ... I don't think there'd be anybody more professional than him.

                            "He's just got an old head on his shoulders. When you're coaching kids, it's not very often you get people come up to you and it's just like talking to an older person – they get it."

                            Jeff Hardy, who coached Momirovski at Endeavour Sports High School, noticed similar traits beyond his years.

                            "Really mature, a great work ethic. Really coachable, wanted to learn, a great leader – had really good leadership qualities," Hardy said.

                            "You could see [the talent] was there, but he developed later. As he came through, he just got better and better. They're the ones that usually kick on and have a longer career."

                            Momirovski announced himself as a future star when he replaced the suspended Mitchell for the 2018 preliminary final in just his second NRL game, scoring a try in a win over the Rabbitohs.

                            "He was in the top players on the field that day," O'Sullivan said. "He just got the job done. That's what he's always done as a kid and he continues to do that today."

                            'He'd get belted by Jared'

                            Hayden Knowles, the current head of performance at Penrith who used to work for the Roosters, knew Momirovski had the mettle to make it in the NRL before he'd debuted in the big league.

                            He recalls watching the "skinny kid" copping repeated bumps and bruises without complaint throughout the 2017 pre-season.

                            "He'd turn up and just train with that intensity that the Roosters were known for back then. He'd get bashed by blokes like Jared Waerea-Hargreaves," Knowles said.

                            "I remember they'd put him in the halves sometimes on the opposing team [at training] and he'd get belted by blokes like Jared, but he just kept getting up, turning up every day.

                            "He showed that toughness as a kid, even though he must've been going home battered every single day."

                            Knowles reckons it's the same steeliness that allowed Momirovski to keep "hanging in there" as he went from the Roosters to the Wests Tigers and then Melbourne in a swap deal with Harry Grant.

                            The first three seasons of Momirovski's NRL career yielded only 19 games. He'll match that number for 2021 alone on Sunday.

                            Given an extended run in first grade, the wider rugby league community is seeing the ability that O'Sullivan – who tried to sign Momirovski to the Warriors last year – identified from an early age.

                            "I know he's been at some clubs that have had some grand final success and he's played in some prelims and that, but I think he totally deserves where he's at," Knowles added.

                            "There's a bit of a saying in footy: you get what you deserve. And he deserves it, that's for sure."

                            O'Sullivan echoed that statement.

                            "Whatever he gets in his footy, he deserves," he said. "He's just a wonderful kid."

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                            • #29
                              lost a lot of talent this year, and not much in backup, good solid signing, plenty of spots still available in the backline to fight for, not sold on smith because of reliability, and JS needs a couple years to become something, by which stage we probably won’t want to shell out big coin to keep him.

                              gone are our days of having a superstar in almost every position.

                              teddy,Toops,Latrell, Manu and Morris will never be matched as our back 5 again.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Batemans Bay Rooster View Post
                                He's a Roosters style player who will improve even more back here. Fantastic low cost buy.

                                This is what Peter O'Sullivan and others say about Momirovski;

                                O'Sullivan's faith in Momirovski was quickly vindicated as he co-captained the SG Ball (under 18s) team to a title in 2014 before featuring at five-eighth in the 2016 NYC (under 20s) premiership.Coincidentally, they beat the Panthers in both grand finals. "I watched him play over the years and he's just the ultimate pro, Paulie – even when he was a young fella," O'Sullivan said.

                                "We brought him into SG Ball and I clearly remember using him as an example to all the other players who were playing SG Ball and junior reps for us – the way he prepares, the way he plays.

                                "You see he's got great shape, he's got beautiful balance, he's got very good skill, he was very coachable ... He was always going to make it, but it took him a bit longer than I thought to get there."

                                Anthony Barnes, the long-time Roosters junior reps coach who has nurtured the likes of Victor Radley, Latrell Mitchell, Joey Manu and countless others, was struck by a teenage Momirovski's maturity.

                                "Very businesslike in everything he does and a good fella, but he's a sensible kid," Barnes said. "He still has a little bit of a laugh and a giggle, but he's more on the serious side.

                                "And they're always the ones that go good, the more mature ones. The thing with him is everything is sort of straight up and down.

                                "He runs good lines, but he just does everything right. He plays the ball, everything is at 100 per cent. It's all the little things.

                                "He doesn't leave anything to chance. He dots all the i's, he crosses all the t's, and he gets everything right. That's him ... I don't think there'd be anybody more professional than him.

                                "He's just got an old head on his shoulders. When you're coaching kids, it's not very often you get people come up to you and it's just like talking to an older person – they get it."

                                Jeff Hardy, who coached Momirovski at Endeavour Sports High School, noticed similar traits beyond his years.

                                "Really mature, a great work ethic. Really coachable, wanted to learn, a great leader – had really good leadership qualities," Hardy said.

                                "You could see [the talent] was there, but he developed later. As he came through, he just got better and better. They're the ones that usually kick on and have a longer career."

                                Momirovski announced himself as a future star when he replaced the suspended Mitchell for the 2018 preliminary final in just his second NRL game, scoring a try in a win over the Rabbitohs.

                                "He was in the top players on the field that day," O'Sullivan said. "He just got the job done. That's what he's always done as a kid and he continues to do that today."

                                'He'd get belted by Jared'

                                Hayden Knowles, the current head of performance at Penrith who used to work for the Roosters, knew Momirovski had the mettle to make it in the NRL before he'd debuted in the big league.

                                He recalls watching the "skinny kid" copping repeated bumps and bruises without complaint throughout the 2017 pre-season.

                                "He'd turn up and just train with that intensity that the Roosters were known for back then. He'd get bashed by blokes like Jared Waerea-Hargreaves," Knowles said.

                                "I remember they'd put him in the halves sometimes on the opposing team [at training] and he'd get belted by blokes like Jared, but he just kept getting up, turning up every day.

                                "He showed that toughness as a kid, even though he must've been going home battered every single day."

                                Knowles reckons it's the same steeliness that allowed Momirovski to keep "hanging in there" as he went from the Roosters to the Wests Tigers and then Melbourne in a swap deal with Harry Grant.

                                The first three seasons of Momirovski's NRL career yielded only 19 games. He'll match that number for 2021 alone on Sunday.

                                Given an extended run in first grade, the wider rugby league community is seeing the ability that O'Sullivan – who tried to sign Momirovski to the Warriors last year – identified from an early age.

                                "I know he's been at some clubs that have had some grand final success and he's played in some prelims and that, but I think he totally deserves where he's at," Knowles added.

                                "There's a bit of a saying in footy: you get what you deserve. And he deserves it, that's for sure."

                                O'Sullivan echoed that statement.

                                "Whatever he gets in his footy, he deserves," he said. "He's just a wonderful kid."
                                That speaks volumes for me and makes it clear as to why he is back at the Chooks.

                                Robbo is and always has been massive on integrity.

                                You only need 3 or 4 star players. If the rest of your squad are Momorovskis everything will fall into place.

                                It sets a standard. Like SBW did, like Maubs did, like Cronk did, like Cords did, like Keary Teddy and JWH currently do.

                                Robbo loves no excuses, players, just hard yakka, intelligence and willpower to keep going, and being humble as well It's why Latrell had to go - he didnt adhere to this creed, he was a square peg in a round hole ultimately, and Robbo gave him more than enough love and more than enough chances.

                                Have faith, Momorovski is an astute signing. And as of this year he now also knows exactly what it takes to win a comp.
                                Last edited by Steakface; 10-22-2021, 12:55 AM.

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