Have to say that despite the expected angst, mine included, WT are in the place we expected them to be with any new coach.
A player roster that does not suit his style and demands of players
Many of these unsuited players on extended contracts, where value and length of contract reflected previous coach wants.
Maguire and WT management have to make the best of it and still try to remain competitive on the field whilst behind the scenes they try to move on the players in question to create space and funds to make offers for players suiting the style of Maguire. The only relief we will get over this season and probably 2020 season is if we can move on the players out of favour. WT just dont have any spare cap cash with the NRL fine for the Farah- Pascoe non event.
We have to go hardball to move on the unwanted players. How is that done though? Other clubs seem to do it. Obviously other clubs have to want them, but how do we get the players and their managers be receptive to any offers that may come their way?
I’m sort of thinking Reynolds and McQueen would be good fits for ESL with McQueen having the additional benefit of being English descent so he doesnt take up a import spot.
Taylor would probably look to go to NZ- wasnt he close to going there before re-signing with WT? Family ties etc.
Packer- I just dont know if he is injured or having a big sook.
Matulino I’d probably keep as a prop option, he is at least contributing and I dont think on big money like the others.
Farah & Marshall- this is their last season and it should be signalled that way too by WT management. WT have to move on to fresh players.
Looking forward- we need urgent decisions on:
hooker role- is Liddle to get the nod as Farah’s successor or do we need to recruit another first string hooker? This is Liddle’'s last contracted season, WT have to make an quick decision to fend either fend off offers for him from other clubs or get in quick to get another good hooker.
5/8 & half- if WT are moving on Reynolds and this is Marshall’s last year- what is the plan for the 6 position? Is Gamble promoted? Should we look to a player that is more a utility half able to play 6 or 7 and give a possibility to switching roles during a game with Brooks?
wingers- both Funoa and Thompson ave contracts ending this season- we have an opportunity to recruit at least 1 big, fast winger if we can identify one, or do we re-sign both or one of them only?