Merry Christmas! Wanted to get the creative juices flowing this morning..
I believe that below is our strongest starting team.
The structure is set up so we see the depth/successor behind the starter in the backs and halves with forward depth listed below in no particular order.
Hopefully we can keep this positive and not centre it around particular players.
It's worth noting that I'm not necessarily saying that the player listed as the 'apprentice' should directly replace the senior player if something was to happen (touch wood) but mostly saying I think these are our plans long term at the moment.
Side note for Asi:
Unfortunately Asi is aparantly only on a 1 year loan deal, which is a shame because he will be one of our best this year. Best case scenario is the young man falls in love with a young local girl and doesn't want to leave. He gets the kind at 14 for me because of his talent and ability along with his versatility and defensive attitude. He is a great defender with exceptional ball skills and a great footy mind. He can play Centre Half and Hooker in a pinch.
Since he is moving on next year I think we lean on his versatility and plug him in at 14, will hurt his development long term but will be what's best for the Blue and Gold.
One to watch: Jayden Yates. Think Ray Stone with service and a nose for finding the ingoal. He won't hit quite as hard as Ray but no one does.
Also, Sean Russell, we haven't seen the best of him yet, I think he is a future superstar. A mix between KingG and Papenhuyzen.
Freddy and Joey heaped praise on young Zac Cini prior to his exciting and impressive debut worth the Tigers a couple years back. He will do a job for us, like Opa but with a bit of charisma and X-Factor.
Gutherson / Russell
Sivo / Komolafe
Cini / Simo
Waqa / Dunster
Brown / Hands
Moses / Jakey
Hodgson / Yates
Tapau (good source confirmed signing)
No Particular Order
Looking forward to shooting the breeze with anyone interested but hopefully we can keep it positive.