There’s players out there. Not so many big marquee names. But some astute signings that’ll help us rebuild. We need some mongrel, some props and experienced forwards, a bit of spark in the backs and some depth across the board. Here are a few picks that I think could prove invaluable to the club… whether they give us 1 year or 5. We’re rebuilding and these are some players that could fortify us and make us competitive again.
Mitch Allgood - Can be anything. Shown glimpses. Was very consistent in his first couple of years. Relegated to the bench at Parra. Could be a good foil to Woods. Wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg either.
Neville Costigan - always been a fan. Versatile, hard runner, ball skills, tough, strong defender, whole-hearted performer. Can offer some mongrel, dummy half relief if necessary and a competitive nature.
Kevin Naiqama - knights have conceded there’s no room for him at the club. Bennett’s loss could be our gain. An electric ball runner. Good in the air. Excitement machine. Has been pretty consistant when called upon in 1sts over the years. Scoop him up before the panthers do.
Chad Townsend - organising half with a strong kicking game. Not saying he should be our first option at #7, but he’d be terrific for depth.
George Rose - big, bustling, hard running, full of mongrel and cheap shots - but we need a bit of that. Doesn’t play a lot of minutes, but could come on for Woodsy and change things up a bit. Take the punt on a 1 year contract, see if we can squeeze a bit out of him at the end of his career.
Scott Bolton - highly underrated. This guy is a qld origin smokie every year. Strong defender around the ruck, hard runner, big engine. Great off the bench or as a starter. Very professional attitude. Good role model. Very much entrenched in North QLD but an offer to play first grade football would put him and his family on a plane.
Nigel Plum - one tough nut. Was always one of the hardest hitters in the NRL. His running game the past year has finally fallen in line with his defensive skills. Proven he can handle front row, despite being a little light for the role. He’d definitely liven up our backrow.
Anthony Tupou - much maligned yet undeniably talented forward. In the past he’s show he can rampage, break tackles at will and offload - but can also be very complacent and under-perform. He’s been pretty consistent off the bench this year. He’ll be pushed out of the Sharks side this year - he’s got a few more good years in him.
There’s other options out there… Michael Weyman, Geoff Daniela, Andrew Everingham, Roy Asotasi, Matt Prior. Nothing on the Gareth Ellis scale obviously. But we should save a bit of cash for when a player like that does become available.