I have been optimistic about our 2017 campaign and that is not like me. With Farahgate over and the young guns a season older and wiser I think things look okay, but like most years our depth really worries me.
I think we are okay in the front row, okay in the halves, but outside backs the cupboard is nearly bare and back row is not much better. In the last two years we have had a pretty good run with injuries but if they strike and strike in our weak positions we are in real trouble.
Okay we have some real good young kids coming up from the 20s, but I do not class them as depth players yet. My definition of a depth player is a player who can walk into the side, have plenty of experience and get a job done.
I suppose most teams are in a similar boat with the salary cap putting a massive pressure on your depth reserves, but I know teams like the Sharks,Cowboys,chooks and Raiders seem to loose little when they have a backrower out injured or a outside back.
I guess time will tell, but depth is one area I think we have gone backwards in 2017