Jeez get out the tiny violins
Explain who of Watson, Goddard or Heppell that Bird should have been picked ahead of? That's who he is competing with.
The role that Myers was & now Langford is playing is more outside than in so not suited to Bird either.
There is only one game I think he could have conceivably been picked & that was Blues in wet but they added Hocking instead. And it's been a must for the coach to get a look at returning players.
Our midfield struggles to exert pressure as is in terms of spreading from a contest. Adding in Bird who is slow on top of who we have won't help.
It's pretty clear his lack of leg speed and lack of attacking ability with disposal would be reason why he isn't in side and not able to get past those 3 mentioned as inside clearance players.
Anthony Miles had a dominant year for Tigers as inside player last year, now that Caddy & Prestia in squad he isn't getting a game either. It happens.
Both Miles and Bird were also let go from their previous clubs. Triers but have their limitations.
He was still listed as an emergency this week for us. So if we lose an inside player at some stage to injury/suspension he'll likely get a game or be in mix with Myers & co. Valuable depth to call upon.