FB: M.Gleeson, M.Hartley, P.Ambrose
HB: C.McKenna, M.Hurley, A.Saad
C: D.Zaharakis, B.Goddard, D.Smith
HF: J.Stringer, J.Daniher, J.Stewart
FF: O.Fantasia, C.Hooker, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOL: T.Bellchambers, D.Heppell, Z.Merrett
Bench: T.Colyer, D.Parish, A.McGrath, K.Langford
EMG: J.Laverde, M.Baguley, J.Green, J.Begley
Really struggled to fit all our best players in to be honest, we have a really balanced and even list at the moment IMO.
I know people are concerned about our midfield and I am to a degree as well but if you look at how many players we have that can roll through there other than our full timers, it is really promising.
Heppell, Merrett, Zaharakis, Goddard, Smith, Parish, McGrath, Langford, Colyer as your core group is a hell of a lot more mobile than last year without Jobe, Myers, Howlett, Hocking etc that would role through the middle for us at times and to me that was what hurt us the most last year, that our midfield looked like treacle for all of last season.
Then you add in Stringer, Fantasia, AM-T, McKenna/Saad who will all play minutes through the middle and that gives you a rotation of around 13-14 options you can put through the middle of the ground for us depending on matchups and what the game requires. That is up there with any other top team IMO.
I think around that midfield, the rest of the team kind of picks itself, our forward line and defence is set, it is just the midfield that will require some tweaking to figure out our best unit but I think what I have picked is pretty damn close to what it will be.
I would have liked to have squeezed Lav in there but I could only see him fighting for a place with Stringer/Langford and Stringer is a walk up start and I think Langford is going to have a lot of faith put into him considering he is training with the midfield group, the number he was given and the void left by Watson for the big bodied mid spot.