Knights sign Zac Woolford on a 1 year deal

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  1. rhugh89

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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Good signing.
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    @Billy read quite a few comments saying Starling owned him in NSW cup. Does Woolford have more of an upside?
     
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    Strengthens one of our weaker positions. Could definitely be a threat to Levi’s FG spot.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Starling is 2 or 3 years younger and is a better defender, has a bigger motor and is all round a better lower grades player.
    I think all Woolford has over him is 15 or 20kg and 4 or 5 inches.
    Time will tell who turns out better.
    I'm a big fan of both. Both are very smart and skilful - Woolford has the size - Starling has the toughness.
    I don't know where Starling will be next year, but if he shows up in firstgrade I won't be surprized at all.
     
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    So do we even know what starling is doing next year?
     
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    Starling rightly stuffed his time to shine on debut this season may have cost him a contract.


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    One mistake in about a 15 minute cameo. If that cost him a contract he should feel bloody hard done by.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Being the best player on the field in the Flegg semi final that was his last game for us wouldn't have hurt him. There were a lot of good players in that game, and every scout in the league would have been watching keenly.
     
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    I thought he stunk in that game. That one mistake you talk about was a howler.
    PS I am a fan of him just not that game.


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    He threw 1 dud pass....... The bloke deserves a contract imo. He would put Klemmer on his back in a wrestle and klem wouldn't know Wtf happened.
     
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    Everything he did was fine, outside of one **** pass. Brown said he got a pass mark, I just think we don't have room for him when we're trying to sign quality players in limited top 30 spots.
     
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    Just rubbing salt in to the bulldog wounds now. :lol:

    Nah, we won't be trading any players for Klem, in fact, we'll take that bloke off your hands also.
     
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    Yes mate dead right I have watched Starling play quite a few times and he has the heart of a lion but like Yates size is a problem for them . I wouldn't be surprised if he plays 1st grade somewhere either and I hope he does .
     
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    Panthers/Tigers. Not here, his choice!
     
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    With this attitude he'll really be pushing Levi for a spot in the 17, I'm excited by this signing.

    Woolford cancels holidays to make impression at Knights

    As a player who was in action on grand final day, winning the State Championship for Canterbury against Redcliffe, former Bulldog Zac Woolford was entitled to a longer break than his new Knights clubmates who did not participate in the post-season.

    But the 22-year-old rake, who will be targeting an NRL spot in the absence of injured No.9 Slade Griffin next year, says coming back later than his new teammates was never an option.

    "I've been here [training] for two and a half weeks now – I decided I'd get in early and not have the longer break I could have had," Woolford told NRL.com on Tuesday.

    "I wanted to rip straight in. It's been really good getting to know all the boys here, forming a few combinations with the halves and obviously getting those Ks in the legs.

    "Coming to a new club you obviously want to impress and try and fit in as soon as you can so I thought it would benefit me and really happy with the decision I made.

    "Especially being my first year here, you don't want to leave any stone unturned, you want to rip in and try and impress so that's the mindset."

    Woolford laughed that he "might have just scraped in" five and a bit weeks of his entitled six-week break.

    "It never crossed my mind to not come back when I did, I was eager to get up here and get settled in and it's really worked out."

    The son of long-serving Raiders hooker Simon Woolford, Zac is hoping the move to the Hunter accelerates his own hopes of an NRL debut while he was also delighted to be part of what he believes is a young team on the up.

    "At the Bulldogs it was a bit of a stalemate. I enjoyed my time there but I thought this was going to be the best place for me," he said.

    "I want to play first grade, the goal is to debut. There were a lot of people up here I can learn from.

    "Browny (coach Nathan Brown) was a hooker, Danny [Levi] played for his country. This was just the right move for me I feel."

    Given Griffin won't play until mid-late season at best, there is a chance Woolford could job-share the hooking role with Kiwi Test rake Levi early on.

    He said he hadn't thought that far ahead though.

    "There's real competition for spots at the moment," he said.

    "We're pushing each other every day, we're having passing competitions and working on little things.

    "I'm just enjoying that at the moment. It's only a couple of weeks in and there's a lot of footy to come before round one."

    Woolford's conversations with Brown had not featured any sort of promises or guarantees beyond the fact that there were opportunities at the club for players who were prepared to come up and work hard.

    "I didn't want any promises, that was all I needed to hear, that there was opportunity and enough to make me want to make the trip up," he added.

    "I turned 22 this year, for a dummy half that's plenty of footy in front of me, it's about brushing up on a few things and getting ready to play first grade.


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/11/21/zac-woolford-forgoes-holidays-to-make-an-impression-at-new-club/
     
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    Good to see he is keen
     
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