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I'm just going to assume that we have around 1.5 million in the cap for 2018. What do we do with it?
I reckon we upgrade Nathan Brown until 2020 on 600k. At the moment he is under 200k and he will be in demand for next season. Cameron King is another key player we need to re-sign. He has been playing well enough to get an extension, and possibly have him start with Kaysa come off the bench. Willis Meehan, Marata Niukore, Kirisome Auva'a, Honeti Tuha, George Jennings and David Gower are also players that should be re-signed by the club. Gutherson could also do with an upgrade. Semi Radradra also needs to be brought back from France around round 10
Players to Sign
A decent prop is probably the most required signing, but there is no great options out on the market. Kevin Naiqama is not wanted by the Tigers and could be injury cover. Hooker is also a position we might be interested in but the best out there is Michael Lichaa or Dylan Plythian
Any other ideas?
Coryn the Eels actually did something similar like that back in the early to mid 90's and it was absolutely disastrous for the club. Without doubt some of the darkest days in our history getting lapped by 50 + consistently.
For my 2 bobs worth it's actually a combination of Jnrs mixed with seasoned hard nose NRL stars that will give you the best result. A coach can only do so much for the Jnrs coming through they look up to the leaders on the field and will follow.
Coryn, no what that tells you is we have tried what you suggested and it didn't work. The percentages of Jnrs that transition to grade are small they reduce even further for those that are good enough to make 1st grade.
I have followed NFL for many years and the Miami Dolphins, Dan Marino was statistically one of the greatest college and NFL QB's to play the game, yet he never won a super bowl. The US has a population of over 280mill. College football is nearly as big as the NFL in terms of crowds and revenue.
You need to put things in perspective that we are a country of what 25mill and talent is not as abundant as in the US per capita . Putting all your eggs into the Jnr development program is not the way to go and extremely high risk. Been there done that as the saying goes!!!
I tend to agree JJ. Even in the early 80s when we had probably the best local juniors coming through we still had strategic imports (Steve Edge was a very astute purchase). I think over the past 10 years or so we have let too many good juniors go and kept the underachievers. Lets hope that the club can better identify the ones to keep, and balance this out with good purchasing. Even if they do go elsewhere, we will want to send them off with a view to maybe coming back some time (like Moses).