I think the returning players are our biggest problem at them moment. I reackon they believe they are fine, yet are struggling with the game load and refusing to admit it. They are stuffed, need a rest and will be throughout periods of the season. But because of the emotional factor they will not put their hands up and we will be reluctant to drop them.
I think at best we can hope for 3-4 game bursts from them and a limited number in the side. Next year may be different.
I also think they are slotting back into their old ways of indirect, poor handball choices putting guy under the pump or calling for it when they are themselves.
The good news is that we can get games into the younger players throughout the year. Not so Mutch the first year players, but the rest.
I really don't see the issues so much with Hooker forward, I think he has bee ok, not brilliant, but serviceable.
Hurley really looks lost and stuffed, he has never had a player get ahold of him like tex did in his whole career. He will be doing some sole searching.
Watson appears to have lost a yard, and unless he is winning the clearances he is a liability.
Heppell is either injured or needs a week off, the let down from weeks 1/2 has been huge, time to suck it up and lead.
Stanton is good when he gets it and appears to be clam and making ok decisions, but he can't get near it enough.
Hocking can't make the side. Neither can TBell, although I will give him the benefit of the doubt till he plays but I'm not hopeful.
Howlett similar and broke game 1
Colyer is the surprise packet of them, appears to have not missed a beat.
So if this year is about being middle of the pack them we need to make decisions about the next few years now. Games to younger players and their learning a number one.
Stuart and Francis play.
Jerrett gets a long stint so we can find out.
One in form debut player in every five week block.
Dea and Heartly plays the rest of the year.