McKenna making it is vital IMO and makes a huge difference to list management. The back pockets/ hbfs is still an issue we should be targeting in the draft/ trade FA periods though.
Right now we have a backline group that is settled.
Along with our 2 KPD we have the following as our main go to group of 4 flankers:
But the backline will potentially lose Kelly (retirement) and McGrath (midfield) as soon as next year. Baguley also just turned 30 so a replacement will need to be found in a couple seasons time. We have some OK depth in Gleeson and Dea but I don't see them as more than '4th/5th stringers'. McNeice is an unknown that was passed over by all clubs in both drafts last year. Francis I expect will be huge for us but still seems a fair way off. We need A/B graders filling our flanks.
That is why I still support targeting Jones and particularly JJ despite his disposal criticism....he is still one of the best hbf in the game! We need another 3 quality backline recruits in the next 2 offseasons to keep it a strength. McKenna not making it just makes it another player we have to find.
Ideal 2018 backline core
Baguley - KPD - Francis
McKenna - KPD - Johannisen
5th-6th-7th backline/midfield rotations - Jones, McGrath, Gleeson.
Then you still need another recruit in the wings to replace Baguley in 2020 or if Francis doesn't become what we hoped.