https://www.theherald.com.au/story/...ain-a-tough-sell-despite-all-the-cash/?cs=306 All about why we can't recruit big names. I've noticed over the years that the only two groups we do well with are those from the local area originally, or guys who were originally from country towns. Ponga is a fine example. In the Saifiti interview they say Ponga ducks down to the local supermarket in bare feet and talks to anyone and everyone. The sort of thing you'd expect from a guy who grew up in mining towns like Mount Isa, and i'm sure he feels a lot more at home in Newcastle then he would in Sydney or Brisbane. We don't have much luck with Sydney or Brisbane born and raised players, and we don't seem to have much luck with Kiwis either, but guys like Robbie O, Ben Kennedy, Matt Parsons, etc who all came from country towns, have no problems with Newcastle.