I know yesterday sucked, I know our midfield hasn’t been up to it this year, I know we’ve been crap for 15 years.
But seriously, after the shitstorm this club has been through over the past 4 years, what is a fair and reasonable performance standard to expect?
The headwinds we’ve been up against. We lost 3 early picks. We lost an AA, hbf, chb and ruck for peanuts. The replacement picks are still developing so weren’t reasonably going to be best 22 this year. The saga derailed the development of a bunch of young guys who may have performed this year. The bans shattered the form of many of the returning players. And to cap it off, we couldn’t trade for a quality player due to the stigma of the saga.
To get to the end of that and still make finals is a farking miracle.
We have lost a huge amount of trade currency in the past few years, but we have a solid core of young talent. It was the young guys that were the brightest lights yesterday. Our youth will only become stronger next year.
If we still suck in 2019, then heads can roll. Till then, have expectations grounded in reality.