This is probably going to sound negative, and may be unpopular, but in my mind when I take off my orange and black (and white) glasses for a minute and look realistically at our spine I can’t see how anyone can say that on current form (“potential” aside - just form) we are good enough.
Just put Halfback aside (lord knows there has been plenty said about Brooks) and Hastings is an unknown quantity.
Laurie, as much as I like the guy, is way off the top fullbacks in the game at the moment and needs to improve many areas of his game to get near them. His support play, his positional play, his D, even his passing game are all only average at best.
AD is the same, a long way to go to be a great 5/8. Love the guy, don’t get me wrong, but has much work to do and his injury will hamper his development.
Liddle is way off the best hookers, and in my mind probably has the least chance of getting there. I’ve already posted my thoughts on him and my disappointment if we miss out on getting Hodgson.
So, what’s the answer - obviously our half needs to stand up, but we also really need a quality hooker and we really need our fullback and 5/8 to step up to the next level if we want to compete with the best.
It is unpopular, but I have been saying this for months. 2022 is looking like more misery. There are signs 2023 could be better though, if we had 2 or 3 more big names to go along with big Pap
2022 is another building year.
Hopefully some heat from 2023 onwards.
Honest comments re Laurie and AD. Both tried hard and there form was spasmodic ,and both would not be in the FB or halves positions in the other sides. Some fans greatly overestimate there ability.
Funny then…nearly all my mates who follow other teams think they’re our best two players.
That’s how bad it is…
The 3rd choice fullback for the Premiers - Is our best player.
Laurie is solid, The way people blow him up shocks me…
He may have potential, He may have speed (I’ve not seen it)
He’s a decent fullback, But he’d be in the bottom 4 in the comp.
Storm have 3 better Fullbacks than him in the Top 30.
We’ll need to be aiming a lot higher than Daine at FB
if we ever want to give it a shake.
He’s only 22.
I see a lot of promise and think he’s our long-term FB option going forward if he recovers well from his leg injury.
That’s fine… I see reality.
I like Daine, And see the good he does do - But there’s plenty he doesn’t.
He’s a shadow of the Players around his age…
Brimson, Paps - Even Jayden Campbell showed more in a fist full of games than I saw from Laurie’s season.
Even Ponga is only 23 and been at it for years.
Unless he’s improves out of sight in immediate future, He’s not taking us anywhere…
No matter how much love that is out there for him.
Christ a couple harsh critics when the kids come here without any preseason with us, still managed blow away Mbye to secure fullback and has been running through brick walls for us ever since. Laurie’s got a bright future and is only going to improve from here.