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The Titans have been the big winners of the mid-season player movements.

I can't say that I can ever remember seeing so many players switching clubs during a season over the course of my career and there are certainly some teams who have come out of it in a better position in 2016.

The Titans have picked up Nathan Peats and Konrad Hurrell, Chris Grevsmuhl has switched from the Rabbitohs to the Panthers, Elijah Taylor has made a major difference since joining the Wests Tigers and Pauli Pauli had probably his best game for the Knights last week after leaving the Eels just before the start of the season.

Matthew Wright wasn't getting much of an opportunity to play first grade at the Cowboys but came straight into a Manly team struggling with injuries but the one I believe has the biggest upside though is Junior Paulo joining the Raiders this week from the Eels.

I know there is still some paperwork to be worked through before he gets to pull on a Raiders jersey but once he joins that team he is going to make Canberra an even tougher outfit to knock over.

Bringing in a prop forward such as Junior will mean that there won't be too much of a disruption because all he has to do is come into the Raiders system and do exactly what he was doing at Parramatta, thunder into the defence and create that second-phase play that can be so effective.

The Titans have done well to pick up Nathan Peats and now Konrad Hurrell and to be honest I think that boosts their chances of playing finals footy quite a lot.

Both of those guys are quality players and I think they were positions that the Titans were crying out for a bit of extra depth. With big Koni in the centres and Peatsy in there at hooker – even though they have Nathan Friend – the way Peatsy plays and performs he adds a whole new level to their team.

Over the next month or so the Titans are going to play against a couple of teams who haven't got their star players due to Origin and I can see them picking up a few wins and rising up the ladder to put themselves in contention for the top eight, starting this week against the Rabbitohs in Perth.

Plenty of fans will be excited about the new additions to their respective teams at this stage of the season but I do think we need to now consider bringing in some kind of trade window.

When it was announced halfway through the 2001 season that I was going to the Roosters the next year the thought of leaving the Broncos early never crossed my mind, even after coach Wayne Bennett dropped me back to play reserve grade with the Toowoomba Clydesdales.

I didn't want to just up and leave, I wanted to finish my year there and then move on to a different opportunity but I can see that there are situations where it is better for everyone involved if a player does move on mid-season.

Sometimes a coach and a player might not be getting along and it might be better if they move on because you don't want them to be disrupting the whole team. If it's getting that hard and the player is distracting everyone else then you've got to move them on.

A trade window seems to work well in plenty of other sports so if this trend of player movement mid-season is going to continue I don't see why it couldn't work in rugby league.


I'm in New Zealand this weekend to watch the Broncos take on the Warriors on Saturday afternoon and I can tell you that the Kiwis are crying out for the chance to host an Origin match.

The interest in Origin has never been greater and having seen the passion they have for the game in New Zealand over the years I've got no doubt that if an Origin was to be played in New Zealand that it would be a massive success.

I was in Auckland in April to participate in 'Stage of Origin' and a lot of the talk was about Origin and how they would love to see a game over there.

If we can take it to Melbourne and all those places why not take it across the ditch and see what happens over there?

Every time we go there they are always screaming out for an Origin match, many have never had the chance to go to one, so I think it would be ideal if we took one over there.

Broncos and Queensland legend Justin Hodges co-hosts League Nation Live on NITV every Tuesday night at 7.30pm.

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