7 July 2005

Do the Raiders need Jason Smith?

| Ralph
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Despite the likelihood of missing this year’s final series, Canberra five-eighth Jason Smith has been hailed as the Raiders saviour this season. While Smith’s performance has been outstanding, earning him a place in Queensland’s preliminary State of Origin side earlier in the year, his age and previous injuries place a cloud over his ability to continue to perform.

With at best only one or two seasons left in him, Smith has decided to test his value on the open market. This raises the question as to whether the Raiders should up the ante in seeking to keep Smith. Given his previous injuries and the possibility of being forced out of the game with another debilitating injury, the Raiders should not place too much effort into securing Smith. A better investment would be to secure an established five-eight. Enter Brent Sherwin. The Canberra Times reports that the Raiders will seek to secure Brent Sherwin (former Dubbo junior) from the Canterbury Bulldogs if Jason Smith receives a better offer elsewhere.

The Raiders take on one of their hoodoo sides (the Melbourne Storm) this weekend. With only two players backing up from State of Origin commitments, and with Billy Slater in devastating form, the Storm will be tough opponents for the Raiders.

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Yes Thumper, QLD certainly did suck last night

I agree. The focus needs to be on junior development. The Raiders don’t have the glamour of sides like the Rooters, so they can’t attract (poach) the big name players. It looks like Braith Anasta will be joining the Rooters as well next year.

I should correct myself by noting that Brent Sherwin was not a Dubbo junior. I’m getting him confused with Andrew Ryan.

Yet another top observation by ‘The Ralph’.

I for one would support bringing in a couple of these so called ‘star’ players to lend the Raiders more credibility.

I’m so sick of Raiders bashing by the f*cktards on channel nine, and I think once we start moving some established players in and shipping the “has beens” and “never will be’s” back to local level, we can expect bigger and better things from the team, the supporters and the comp.

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