The young kids have been thrown in the deep end and it certainly seems most know how to swim. They are proving quick learners it bodes well for their development over the next couple of years.
The injury crisis has a silver lining in 2 ways for mine.
- They have happened to players who have been underperforming for years and what we are seeing is that the young blokes behind them are not that far away. It will make it easier to terminate these contracts.
- The young fellas are not hitting first grade and having sunshine blown up their bums from the likes of Gould and co. because they have joined a winning side and stand out. They have hit a side on the way down and are learning many valuable lessons about how hard it is to be a competitive first grade player in the NRL. They are doing it the hard way and not recieving piggybacks by running off a well established backline or running with a pack of pigs who are all rep quality. They are making their own names by true grit, are learning what it feels like to lose and what it takes to win.
Give these young men the rest of the year and a full on off season and they will rip and tear from the opening kickoff in 2014. Their development will be so far ahead of schedule that we may have to offload a dozen players to keep them all.