I don’t know what it is but I feel like 2016 is the year we make our mark on this competition.
Every year we go into a new season thinking that this is the year were we can actually do well and make the top 8. But at the back of our minds, we know that it could be just wishful thinking.
Heading into 2016 it feels different to me. The talk coming out of the club actually sounds genuine and you can see that the coach and players are now on the same page in terms of structures and direction.
Our halves and hooker are talking up a new direction, a “new tigers in 2016” based on the attacking football that our roster is accustomed to. Playing to our strengths. I know we get fed talk every off-season of feeling good and fit and all that. But these aren’t just cliches but talk of changes to our style of play which could prove to be MASSIVE and finally allow these young halves to play and thrive.
We still have our quietly spoken but brilliant fullback and by all reports he looks better this season then at the same time last year. Enough said.
The acquisition of Hunt, Rankin and Chee-Kam sees our depth in the backs improve drastically, whilst the acquisition of Grant and Griffin helps with our front-row rotation.
Then we have unknowns in Addo-Car, Aialoi, Graham, Felise, McChonnacie and Edwards who may be able to contribute over the course of 26 weeks.
Sironen and Lawerence really need to kick on and show something in the second row. This is the question mark for me heading into 2016. Getting these two right could be the difference between finishing 7th and 14th. If they have good a good season, I am very confident of a finals berth.
I don’t know, I’m just feeling it heading into 2016. :sign: