There is no way our forward works anywhere near as well with one of these names doing the ‘Hooker’ role. Our forward line worked as well as it has since 2007 this year so I’m not sure why we would be robbing it of a key component in Hooker.
It’s tough to play forward and many fail - you only need to look look at Carlisle, Hurley and Ambrose for recent evidence. Hooker works. We find a defender who can do that role who isn’t Hooker.
I still have faith in Hartley. He showed something last year and before Ambrose came back he had a super run mid season. Clearly he struggled when asked to be more attacking. Key is getting that balance right for him.