I’ve seen a bit of “we get XYZ marginal player, they’ll get lots of game time with us”, or “the youngsters will be able to develop in the firsts”. Isn’t this a load of crap? I mean, if we say we’ll play with 4 talls between rucks and forwards, and ALL the bench goes to small mids/forwards, then there are 12 positions in the team for small midfielder and forward options.
We’ve already got Watson, Goddard, Heppell, Stanton, Zaha, Myers, Hocking, Colyer, Zerrett and Howlett as pretty certain starters. That’s 10 spots. That leaves two spots for developing youngsters. Like Laverde, Langford, McKenna, Jerrett, Fantasia, Edwards, NOB, etc. TWO. Now, there will be a few injuries, but the hope/plan is that its less than previous years, isn’t it? And of course, Dempsey and Cooney will also be fighting for slots.
So does anyone else think other fringe players will be looking at our side and going “hell no”. Even besides the SAGA, if they pay attention to the opportunities Edwards, Aylett, Giles have had they’d be pretty worried.
And is anyone else concerned about how the hell we develop our next side if some of those older guys don’t make way for young blood to be tried out, and get experience? If we are planning on some of those guys having youngsters win games based on development and not merit - shouldn’t we be letting them know, and possibly trading them?
Just seems like a bad situation all round, and EFC is blindly running down a very dark path.