Pretty simplistic viewpoint with no understanding of the fact club lists are more than just a best 22. And if you pay too much to the top 5 players you end up with little quality across the list – it happened at Saints.
If for example we went and paid Kelly $1.5 mill, when all of Hurley, Hooker, Daniher are at $800k level, and Zerrett, Hep wouldn’t be far behind how does that look?
We are also costing ourselves ability to have an extra class player which wouldn’t help TEAM success as well as creating divisive situation within the team.
On the Zaka front, our midfield needs to be strengthened & added to. We lose Jobe and Zaka but just replace with Kelly doesn’t help that. Zaka has been terrific over past few seasons.
We can’t afford to just have one ruck on list, as a back up Leuey is an excellent option.
Myers I agree should be on trade table. Colyer has seriously under performed but we also have zero outside mid depth who are better… Jerrett & Long?
LAV is a 21yr old kid whose had a serious injury, way too early to be giving him the chop nor would his contract be affecting any chase of others.
There is nothing stopping us still offering Kelly $1mil/yr and Stringer $700k/yr IMO, they could choose to go elsewhere for more but there are many other factors we are ahead of compared to other clubs and that’s what we’d be selling to them.