Bryce Cartwright has been released by the Panthers to join the Gold Coast Titans on a 4 year deal, effective immediately. Thus he will lace up the boots for the Titans in 2018, and not the Panthers. Here are the winners and losers of the move:
Bryce Cartwright – was looking like an OK SC option this year likely coming off the bench for Penrith, but with the news now that he is going to be starting at Lock (as reported by the Courier Mail) for the Titans come Round 1, he has to be a “lock” in all of our teams now. More minutes and hopefully he can get to a 50-ish average which would increase his price up to around the $450k mark. Beautiful
Ryan James – hard to tell here, as James had been pencilled to play more on the edge this year, and this may still end up being the case. But there is a chance he could spend a bit more time in the middle where he has excelled in years gone by. So maybe a slight bump but not huge
Panthers bench forwards – this move should see increased minutes for the likes of Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Leota and to a lesser extent Katoa, as it should re-enforce his spot in the 17. Would be hard to choose any of these guys but they should see a slight bump. None of them are for me though, with Yeo, CHN and Merrin likely to command big minutes in the starting side.
Jai Arrow – we all have him in our teams after he was slated to start at #13 for the Titans this year, but with Cartwright
Leilani Latu – hard to say if he will be a huge loser or not as he still should get decent minutes and be an option for inclusion on your bench, but he may be slightly impacted by Arrow being pushed back to the bench, but it is more likely that one of the younger forwards will lose those minutes. So still worth a look