FB: Hurley, Ambrose, Saad
HB: McKenna, Hooker, Gleeson
C: McGrath, Parish, Zaharakis
HF: Fantasia, Daniher, Stringer
FF: Smith, Stewart, McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOL: Bellchambers, Heppell, Merrett
INT: Goddard, Langford, Baguley, Begley
Emergencies: Myers, Colyer, Laverde, Green, Francis all rotating through depending on injuries.
I have loved Hooker forward this year, and never wanted him back once we saw what he could do and how much support and benefit to our structure he provided. Having said that, next year i think i would prefer him back. Daniher and Stewart is enough to hold the forward line together when you consider that one or more of Langford, Laverde, Stringer or Begley, all good sizes, will be in there as well. These guys should all be pushing to play midfield minutes as well as forward.
In addition to that, i really don’t want Hartley in the team honestly. Just don’t see it with him, and think Hooker back strengthens the defense and makes us so much better down there. We have plenty of fire power up forward, with Stringer and Smith to contribute plenty up there when resting plus what we already have.
With natural improvement from McGrath and Parish, and hopefully Langford and Laverde, and of course the additions of Stringer and Smith to play midfield minutes, i think that puts us in a good spot to rebuild our midfield.
We will have a list capable of top 4 i have no doubt about that if some of our younger fringe players take it up a notch, and we start playing to our best more consistently.