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Over the past few years, Parramatta has developed playing structures that play to their strength; ie getting the ball to the edges where we've had Semi Radradra, and in some case Bevan French waiting for the ball.
However, if you look at the likely Parramatta backline in 2018 - it's probably the flanks where are weakest.
And I don't mean any disrepect to either Josh Hoffman or Kirisome Auva'a, who are more than capable NRL wingers. However, nobody is in the same league as Semi Radradra.
Indeed if we look at Parramatta's strengths now, probably for the first time in a while, it's in the halves. In Mitchell Moses and Corey Norman, we have two young halves with representative futures ahead of them.
So it will be interesting to see how Parramatta's structures evolve in 2018, with the possible change in dynamics.
First let me say that, I think Brad Arthur did a particularly good job of building on our basic structures last year and by the end of the year, we were playing with a lot more variety than we did the previous couple of years. That came about, with the addition of Mitchell Moses giving Arthur another genuinely talented playmaker running the show, as well as an increased familiarity with each other as the core of his team have now been together for a good number of years now.
I'm going to be really interested to see what style of footy we play in 2018 because I do think that the structures that have served us so well in recent years, won't work as well without Semi. However, I'm excited about the prospect of building on what Moses and Norman were doing towards the end of last year after having a proper pre-season under their belt.