Newcastle premiership hero Timana Tahu has puzzled the club’s pursuit of Matt Resort, asserting a extinct backline is to blame – now not the forward pack – for the Knights’ unhappy NRL create.
The 2001 immense final tryscorer suggested AAP including one more prop to an already exhausting-working forward pack is now not going to build their season because there isn’t one of these thing as a strike within the backline.
The Knights maintain already landed half Jake Clifford from North Queensland with instantaneous quit, whereas Resort is practical terminate to a originate from Brisbane.
“He’s an superior prop. But we maintain ample props. The forward pack is now not the impart … the backline is extinct,” Tahu suggested AAP.
“If you happen to hunt for at this day’s backs, they’re all strike weapons.
“The transition now for wingers is a broad job to salvage play ones and twos.
“I manufacture now not reflect there might be strike weapons out large within the support 5, they rely on Kalyn Ponga.
“That is what desires to salvage mounted up.
“We need measurement, we need strike weapons.”
The hulking forward pack of Daniel Saifiti, Jacob Saifiti, Tyson Frizell and David Klemmer were stable this season whereas the Knights maintain struggled with factual four wins from 11 games.
The impart has been exacerbated by a long-duration of time harm to halfback Mitchell Pearce, whereas Ponga has performed factual 5 games and has again been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Manly.
It locations the warmth squarely on the inexperienced support 5 of Tex Hoy, Starford To’a, Enari Tuala, Bradman Most efficient and Brayden Musgrove who maintain performed 106 NRL games between them.
Tahu himself was a strike outdoors support for the Knights across 126 NRL games from the early 2000s by means of to his retirement in 2014.
He was two weeks shrinking of his 21st birthday when he won the 2001 premiership with the Knights, which is peaceable the final title for the club.
It now also marks the longest fresh immense final drought within the NRL.
“If you happen to hunt for at teams within the previous that were profitable, there were strike weapons esteem Matt Gidley, Adam MacDougall, Robbie O’Davis, Darren Albert, Andrew Johns,” he acknowledged.
“In the heart they are able to only make so fundamental and I see the Saifiti twins, I see Klemmer and Frizell, they’re playing their hearts out.”
In the interim, coach Adam O’Brien defended the criticism the club has copped from fans for the pursuit of controversial forward Resort.
“The one component I would impart, this sport and this country is a forgiving country,” he acknowledged.
“Anytime any individual owns a mistake, especially as a young man and you then receive steps to greater your self, I manufacture now not know what extra he would make.
“Since he was current to play he isn’t any doubt changed loads of over these years.”
In 2015 Resort was arrested and charged with assault whereas in Unusual York.