@Earl said in The worrying part for me:
@Tigerboy said in The worrying part for me:
So, the question must be asked… why is that consistently our issue?? It can’t be money, it can’t always be resources or coaching class because we’ve able to sign marquee’s too; they just never seem to perform for years on end - except old mate Gareth !
It’s not consistently an issue. We developed Benji and Robbie and they led us to some good years. We then developed Tedesco, Woods and Moses and these guys are all playing finals footy. That was our second batch.
We have some juniors playing for us now in Mikaele, Aloiai, Nofo and Brooks. These guys are good.
We just need to develop or buy some better players. We were very close.
I did not say why is it a problem in general, I said why is it our problem? Why do our juniors love to leave for other clubs when even the few other clubs that have produced freak talents in recent seasons even if not going well with results have been able to regularly retain them. I grant you the exception of barring Mikaele and Brooks from my point but Nof is a player who very nearly did leave and has had to be patient because he had no where else to go at times… we would forever regret letting him go I’m certain. Woods was our junior yes but not a great player we needed to keep at all costs I feel, although, would’ve been handy on our bench today. Aloiai not our junior and also very nearly left recently until the Great One️ stepped in at the 11th hour to ensure he stayed. Benji is hardly a Wests Maggie’s/Balmain (like Farah) NSWRL junior so I can’t really accept that point.
Totally agree we are one Matterson in the backs, a no-nonsense 80 minute backrower (Garner looks to be in this mould), and a real high caliber impact prop to come from the bench during those periods where we slack off in matches either side of half time short. Bradley, Talau and the young hookers coming through truly look to be the goods and we need to ensure that several of them turn out for us. Madge should be able to keep the trend going!