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Rugby League: Overseas recruits are a lottery

Dave Hadfield
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Hall is leaving after just one year

Bradford’s decision to get rid of Glen Hall one year into a three year contract is a reminder that overseas recruitment is not a precise science.

Hall arrived from Manly with a good reputation, but it soon became apparent that he was not going to produce the goods at Odsal. He had his moment of glory with that winning try against Wigan, but that was just about it.

Ever since the flow of Australian players resumed in the early 80s, there have been players who have come here and succeeded but didn’t. Sometimes it’s injury, like Bradley Clyde at Leeds, sometimes homesickness, like Greg Eastwood at the same club last season. Sometimes it’s the sheer impossibility of following the hardest of acts, like the unfortunate Ross Conlon taking over from Mal Meninga at St Helens.

There will inevitably be some disappointments this coming season. There’s no doubt about the quality of Joel Monaghan, for instance, but will he get his head right at Warrington? What of the Melbourne 3 at Wigan. Will they be as effective in the northern hemisphere? And of course nothing is ever simple or straightforward with Willie Mason.
ONe thing for sure, there will be one or two reputations dented by the end of the year.

If you have had an e-mail from the BARLA media meister Steve Manning recently telling you that he has lost his wallet in Edinburgh and needs you to send him £2000, ignore it and do not reply. It’s a scam perpetrated by persons unknown. His wallet is safe and he hasn’t even been to Edinburgh recently.

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