I don’t think its dire, but i wouldn’t say war chest for another star.
I doubt stringer actually cost us that much really. same with smith and saad.
Stringer was thrown out by the dogs.
Smith was almost a 2nd string for gws so would’ve been happy with a bit more coin and opportunity and saad wanted to come to melbourne so probably accepted a good offer closer to family.
so no break the bank contracts just decent sized ones. I reckon if we offload some players in the upcoming off season, trades/delistings/whatnot we can get a decent upgrade for a position but doubt we could make a play for wines, unless we do something drastic.
This is all my surmising maybe if someone ITK could chip in.