I think that people underestimate the gap between NRL and state cup.
Fine is a very good reserve grader. If he he Lovett has switched places, everyone would be saying I cant believe they are picking Fine and not giving Lovett ago etc….
In lower grades the likes of Lovett and so forth were stand out players, just like the blokes that are continually suggested to take their place.
IMO FIne will again be a very good NSW cup player, but unlikely to play first grade.
I agree. It’s the same with guys like Drinkwater, Milone, Farlow, Santi, Junior Moors, BMM, the Schirnacks - they can be very solid reserves players but the calibre of the opposition each week is so much lower than first grade. When they shift up grade, general solid footballing is not enough, you need to truly excel at at least one facet of the game.
I guy like Fine, I just don’t see it in his reserve performances or the two NRL games he played. That’s not to say he can’t come good, but he’s been in the system a while now and been overtaken by other players.
Some have made this about Taylor and “his favourites” - Potter wasn’t much interested in giving Fine a run either, and Roosters were ok to release him to us after several years in their NYC side.
I can’t think of many multi-season reserve graders who get the call up to firsts and stay there… Marty Taupau is a recent one, David Gower also. Usually by that stage, especially for a club without great depth, the player has already showed what he is capable of. And like everett said, if they are good enough they would get a run somewhere else as a bargain-buy.