John Skandalis - im sure if he was retiring the club wouldve had a massive farewell for him at the last game, plus his form still warrants selection if he’s fit
Last night he was asked about next year by a fan as he was walking up to the coaches box, his reply was that he was unsure about playing next year and wanted to see how he felt after he recovered from the current injury and then see how things go.
Fair call. Each extra year you play those injuries take just that longer to heal and you never get back to 100%. But in saying that, his form in the 2nd half of the year was nothing short of superb. His heart and passion for the club alone is worthy of every dollar he earns.
And in regards to Trimarchi, I’d say he’s probably moving on. If he was in Sheens’s sights for next year he wouldve used him in those 3 games instead of Dwyer.
Next question. Who do you think from the Toyota Cup should play in the State Cup next year? ie who is on the road to becoming a first grader? I’d say:
Andrew Fifita - he’s scoring an average of 1-2 tries a game in the Toyota Cup. It’s obvious the kid has talent, size and ability, but he’s absolutely running over them in the U20s, he needs to find out what it’s like playing against bigger guys.
Aaron Woods - he played some SC in 2008 didnt he? Club has some big hopes for him too. Move him to SC for same reasons as Fifita
Simon Dwyer - Again, running all over the smaller blokes in U20s. See if he can match his NYC form with the bigger guys.
Matt Hyland - can he make 30-40 tackles a game against 110kg props? Only one way to find out
Jason Schirnack - still not sold on him yet … unsure. Has a top 25 contract but like Dunley, might not find form in SC like they did in the NYC.
Jake Mullaney - same as above, killing it against immature defence. Can he mix it with the big boys? Needs the same regime Lawrence and Benji went on. Bulk up but maintain speed and he could be dangerous