Johnathan Thurston wants $1 million a year to switch rugby codes

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by snoopy snoopy dog dog, Dec 25, 2009.

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    As far as I can see, this is merely a case of his agent flying a kite, trying to up his salary. My question is, would he be a success in Union if he did make the transition?


    I guess that he wouldn't. League players don't get the same amount of time on the ball when they move to Union. For example, a standoff in League has 10 yards between himself and the defence when he gets the pill in his hands. In Union that space doesn't exist unless the flyhalf stands deep in the pocket. In that case they stunt any opportunity for those outside them. League players who succeed when they move across are generally wingers who have more running room in front of them i.e. more time to think and use their obvious skills. Would Thurston have the required tactical appreciation to be a success and if not, at 26 years old is it too late to teach him?


    Thurston is a tremendous League player but to spend $1million per year on him when you're unsure how well he'd translate to a different sport would be extremely foolish in my opinion. Spend the money bringing Greg Inglis to Union instead ;) .
     
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  3. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Has all the skills but his kicking game is average by Union standards - definatly see him as a stud at inside centre.
     
  4. William18

    William18 Guest

    He won't get 1 million a year unless he goes to Japan or something. I see him being a good union player but he wouldn't be any Dan Carter or any Matt Giteau. Apparently many league players just to do this so that they can get payed more league. He may not want to go to union at all.
     
  5. Olyy

    Olyy Guest

    No no no no no, he should stick at league. He's arguably one of the best players in the world atm, and is pretty much guarenteed to be in the starting XIII of any Roos squad, why throw all that away to play union where he basically has to start all again
     
  6. candybum

    candybum Guest

    Because his agents want to up his salary!
     
  7. Woldog

    Woldog Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Olyy @ Dec 26 2009, 10:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    With about 52 international player in League, I don't see how it would be hard to be one of the best :p
     
  8. Olyy

    Olyy Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Woldog @ Dec 26 2009, 01:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    With about 52 international player in League, I don't see how it would be hard to be one of the best :p
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    Har-de-har-har :p
     
  9. QLD

    QLD Guest

    Who?
     
  10. Flux

    Flux Guest

    I actually think he'd make a good Union player. However, I'd say there's little chance of him actually switching.
     
  11. William18

    William18 Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Woldog @ Dec 26 2009, 02:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    With about 52 international player in League, I don't see how it would be hard to be one of the best :p
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    Well, making the Kangaroos is far harder than making the Wallabies. It's hard to be one of the best players in the NRL and at SoO level.
     
  12. RC

    RC Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Dale @ Dec 26 2009, 03:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I'm with Dale on this one.
    Who?
     
  13. Tomsey

    Tomsey Guest

    he won't come. he's just talking himself up so he can get more money in league. i remember joey johns did it years ago. all he had to do was say he was considering switching and the Australian Rugby League went out and bent 50 of their own rules so they could get him more money to stay. even if hegenuinely wanted to switch there is no way that the ARU would give him a million a season. thats like double what the best players get atm and there's no guarantee that he would even be good enough for the wallabies.

    as to whether he would be good or not..... i doubt it. he can't kick well enough to play fly half and i think he would struggle and inside center because of the MASSIVE difference in the time you have (no 10 metres etc).

    apparently JT doesn't have the same concerns as most of us do about weather he would succeed. he said in a recent interview.
    "I could easily play rugby, I watch the Wallabies and a fair bit of it and I could certainly see myself playing the game,"
    what a ******.

    http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0...8-10389,00.html
     
  14. gingergenius

    gingergenius Guest

    Well he's a wonderful player. But wonderful League halfbacks are wonderful for their footballing skill. If he plays Union, this will be less important, and he'll have to take on new ones. Which is why so many League players making the switch don't make a big success of it.

    He's clearly doing it to get more money from the Cowboys. Alternately, a French club may prick up their ears at this news. I don't see him at the Reds, personally.

    Someone else said it, but if anyone from the roos was to make the switch, it should be Inglis. He's the greatest athlete in any code of football around, so he'd be able to adapt to anything quickly enough.
     
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