I think it is obvious. They want a faster, better kicking, better defensive team. They are clearly confident they have the players to do the grunt work. We’re not short on them like people think. There is just doubt over the quality and/or readiness.
I would think in a perfect world the club would be hoping that Stringer gets fit enough to play regular midfield minutes and Langford steps up enough this season to take over the Jobe role.
If those things both happen, Myers won’t be in the team, so the big body midfield depth will be Myers, Mutch, Clarke, Begley.
Plus there is Goddard who could be thrown in there at a pinch.
A combination of Heppell, Stringer, Langford, blended with Zerrett, Zaka, Parish, McGrath and Smith gives us plenty of options in midfield and there is enough size and clearance winning ability in it, plus it’s far quicker and theoretically far more capable of applying defensive pressure.
If Stringer and/or Langford don’t come on as midfielders like hoped, then we’ll have to turn to Myers, possibly Goddard, or preferably, Begley, Mutch, Clarke.
I really doubt any 18 year old picked from pick 48 onwards would be jumping ahead of Begley, Mutch and Clarke in the next year or two.