I figure we are better off without Cleary under Maguire. Woods was overrated, we were never going to hold onto Tedesco and Moses was a gamble not showing much at the Tigers. Yeah he’s playing well now but he’s a grub, like Matterson so the latter gets my vote.
@Curly_Tiger thanks for putting your time into this. First time I’ve seen something on paper that gives a good insight into our possible cap situation and where we are getting the best and poorest return on investment. When I look at these numbers I really struggle to see how teams like the Roosters keep within their cap limits. Something don’t add up!
I just hope they do a deal sometime soon and move Matto on. The squad will be back for the pre season in the next month or so and we don’t need the negativity around. We also don’t need him knowing our pre season strategy. If he’s still there will he be excused from training? .
@supercoach to me the cap situation depends on which lens you look through. The ‘we don’t have to move anyone on because we are compliant lens’ or the ‘we have some unproductive players soaking up a lot of cap so we need to move them on’ lens. I think we are in the latter situation so we can’t buy the players we want unless we free up cap space. If we can’t move on the players we don’t want then I reckon at best we might get one or two good low salary additions to the roster but no higher end additions to build a competitive team around. If we can get a quality swap for Matterson in a position we need to strengthen then that gives us a good chance. I’m thinking 8th is possible if we can win the games we are expected to win next year.
On the salary cap question, I think it was cleverly dodged. We don’t have a salary cap problem because we don’t need to move players on to stay compliant. Yes, that may be true, but we want to move players on to free up cap space. Not because we have to. The right question wasn’t asked so we got the answer they wanted us to hear. We do have a problem if we can’t free cap space to buy who we want.
Otherwise a fair effort with some useful updates.
Clubs give players permission to look elsewhere ahead of contract end, but they recognise they have to honour the contract if the player can’t find a new club. We’re seeing that play out right now. Players seem to have an upper hand when they want out and it goes into a deal making exercise for the club. Perhaps there should be a standing rule that if a player wants out ahead of contract end (especially to chase $$$) they are deregistered for the following season and they sit it out for 12 months. That might stop them thinking about wanting out and just suck it up until contract end.
@MAGPIES1963 last year we saw Esan play strongly through the season. He showed form which was well regarded and we expected to see that extend into 2019. Not sure what happened this year. Maybe he didn’t respond well to the change of coach. I really can’t put my finger on it. Closer critics of the game and our roster may have an idea. He needs work in the pre season to find his game again and get back to being the solid first grader we could see in him. He needs to take a leaf out of Moses book and have an honest look at himself and see that it is up to him to decide what kind of player he wants to be. and what he wants to contribute to this team and it’s prospects for success.