So i look at our club and the other clubs and what we lack is quality at the real top end.
Our 3 highest paid players are Mbye, Brooks, Packer and at the start of the season it was Josh Reynolds
If I compare this to the top 3 in almost every other club then this is really where we fall over.
I would almost go as far to say that if we swapped the top 3 players at every club outside the bottom 4 we would be a top 8 team.
Look at what happened to Manly when Tommy T came back. If we swapped our 3 highest paid for Tom and Jake and DCE or swapped them for Taumalolo, Val Holmes and Micheal Morgan pre injury we would be a top 8 team let alone if we swapped with top 4 clubs - if we swapped our too 3 for Teddy, Keary and Chrichton or Cleary, Kikau and Crichton or Latrell, Murray, Cody W or Munster, Paps, Bromwich/Grant at the storm
What we really need is not a slightly better this or that or but too focus on buying 3 top class players. Now we might not get 3 in one offseason but find the first one as they tried to do with Latrell and JAC we need to find some genuine test level players even if we need to pay signifcant overs for the first one but make it a genuine star.
I actually think we have made good moves in buying some exceptional young players who might well turn into top 3 level players - Laurie, Douehi, Blore, Stefano, Simpkins all have that potential but we need to bring in a top 3 player.
We have gaps in our outside backs , half back and lock so lets aim for one in each of those.
Mayby Hastings is it at halfback so lets find a star outside back and a star lock. I understand why Madge would look at Sam Burgess because he might be that for 18 months and he would set standards on tje field and training paddock although perhap not in life.
Interested in peoples thoughts