In the past couple of seasons we have had all sorts of troubles debuting a player who was not in our original Top 25.
I’m pretty sure we had to plead with the NRL last year to debut Liddle. And when injuries strike people are often asking “why can’t playerX play?” and the answer is often “because he wasn’t in our Top25”. Tiger Touch highlighted this point a couple of times. So it must have caused problems for the club.
With that in mind. I think you need to include a mix of youth and experience with those that are out of the 17 but in the Top25.
Here’s my Top 25. I’ve tried cover all positions ( eg Prop, Backrow, Halves, Outside backs) in my 18-25.
19. Joel Edwards
20. Watson Heleta
21. Matt McIlwrick
22. Moses Suli
23. Esan Marsters
24. Taniela Paseka
25. Jack Littlejohn
geez that’s hard. had to leave out Rod Griffin, Wesley Lolo, B Siro, Lovett, Jordan Rankin, Justin Hunt.
would have liked to include Rankin but i’d prefer Heleta & Suli in the outside backs. Also would have liked Griffen, but once again went for youth in Paseka.