Players of Interest – Victor Radley

2018 stats – games played (22), Average (43), minutes per game (44), PPM (0.97)

2017 stats – games played (3), Average (50), minutes per game (73), PPM (0.69)

Victor Radley steps into the position vacated by Ryan Matterson and should see a significant increase in minutes over and above the 44 MPG that he averaged last year.

We all know how good Matterson was for owners in the lock role for the Roosters last year, and if Radley can be anywhere near that level then it will be a bonanza for owners given that he is starting at just $400k (43 average).

In a bold prediction, I can see 55+ minutes per game for Radley, potentially increasing even further above that. Boyd Cordner and Angus Crichton will demand big minutes also, so it will be a question of how many minutes does Jake Friend get rested for and will Cordner’s minutes be managed slightly?

Perhaps it might look a little something like this:

JWH – 40, Friend – 65, Taukeiaho – 40

Cordner – 65, Crichton – 80, Radley – 55

Liu – 40, Collins – 25, Tetevano – 40, Aubusson – 30

Hopefully pre-season will tell all, but Radley is one who I have my eye on for sure. He could slot in nicely as your 3rd or 4th second row forward, and should give solid scores for your team immediately from round 1.

What are your thoughts?

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    zen
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    Victor Radley signed until 2023.

    Cordner & Crichton will both play 80 mins so hopefully Radley will start @ 13.

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    Wouldn’t be surprised if Cordner spends more time as a middle forward. So maybe sharing time between the edge and middle

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    I can’t see them taking the NSW captain, and arguably the best left edge backrower in the world, and rotating him in the middle.

    Radley and Liu will share the load in the middle with the props.

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    Great write up.

    Not feeling this one personally. With Cordner and Crichton there I see him sharing the lock role with Liu.

    The main upside would be if he was to play 10-15 mins at Hooker to relieve Friend.

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    this is one of the hardest blokes to gauge IMO. Chooks are like raiders. Have a ridiculously equal rotation through middle with almost everyone getting 45 or 35 minutes. meaning SC trappish or slow burning cashies. until you have a bloke like this come through with decent PPM skills and real ability … but what are the mins going to be and is he worth it. OK, so Lui played 16 games in the starting 13 jersey. avg 55 mins. Radley started 7 games there last year for 47 mpg. His PPM was 1.16 with two tries. if he maintained… Read more »

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    Just playing devil’s advocate and don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see Radley getting 55+ mins, but in all of these comments, no one has mentioned Liu. He was the starting lock last year and seriously, did nothing wrong. In fact, he went really well, and as someone mentioned, played an avg of 55 mins. I can’t see Cordner or Crichton getting less than 80 mins, barring injury, so would Liu’s mins drop so dramatically just to accommodate Radley? They didn’t last year. Just my 2c.

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    Good point

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    How good is it to be the roosters , all players are guaranteed a starting position so why not play the reserve grade team