@blackwhitegold said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:
My take on who we should sign/release for next season …
From those still uncontracted, release Cini & Amone (and no upgrade for Kei although I thought he was an auto upgrade into top 30 squad like Hoffman). I’m also now in the camp that if we can find a mutually beneficial transfer for Brooks, we take it.
OUT: Walters, Packer, Mbye, Cini, Amone, Brooks, Leulia, Chee Kam
IN: Hoffman (from Dev Squad), Hastings, Gildart
That leaves 5 spots open which I would target:
- Tariq Sims (backrow) - leadership, intensity, aggression, experience
- Tyrone Peachey (5/8, utility) - experience, leadership in indigenous pathways, slots in at 5/8 while Doeuhi is out with Hastings as our directional half
- Israel Ogden (centre, wing, fullback) - reward youth, x-factor, wing/FB backup
- Blake Ferguson (wing) - experience, x-factor, he & Nofa to fight out wing spot so Nofa out of comfort zone, 1 year deal only so youth can replace in 2023 ie Scolari
- Joseph Tapine (middle) - experience, xfactor, leadership, ball skills (transfer with Brooks ideally).
Big focus on experience, intensity, leadership to complement Hastings which the team desparately needs plus Sims, Peachey & Ferguson are only for 2 seasons (1 for Blake) so there is a pathway for our youth (the likes of Tumeth, Sykes, Mansfield, Dillon, Scolari, Pole etc).
And the maximum number we can put on development contracts in 2022.
I’d be very happy with the above.
Given what is left in the player market this concept is about the best we can hope for. Upgrade some youth to top 30 and try to grab the best couple of available players that suit our gaps at the right price (who that may be us up for debate). Possibly keep a spot unfilled for any good player that potentially becomes gettable mid year.
Realistic goal should be an improvement on last year’s ladder position with the key young core to continue to show development. If Stef, Laurie, Doueihi, etc can stay on their current trajectory then some momentum may be built and we will take small strides to being a more desirable destination club and maybe better attract key recruits for 2023. Goals as we stand need to be realistic and fit to the medium-long term plan. Moneyball recruits for depth/leadership while we wait to jag a marquee signing are fine.
Would kill for another 2 young recruits like Stef and Laurie over this off-season though. Not sure if any of the internal youth players could take similar strides over the next 12 months? Penrith have shown that if you can hold the course with a young team you can climb the table pretty quickly over a couple of years.
If Madge stays I think we also have to make changes with the defence and attack assistant coaches. I don’t think we are as far away from getting onto a better path as the media likes to make out, though.