If we don’t trade anyone out the two uncontracted senior list players who Stringer and Smith would replace would be:
Howlett and Jerrett.
I think Bird survives because we still haven’t replaced Jobe in the established inside beast role and Bird is the closest we have. Hopefully by next year, Parish and Langford will be established extractors with this years crop of Pidge, Begley, Mutch and Clarke still developing as inside players.
Bags and Green are still in the mix for best 22, with Smack still important ruck and tall forward depth.
I think Morgan deserves another season to show what he’s got, now that he apparently has more confidence in his body and has shown some brief recent signs of progress.
As a current rookie, de-listing Long wouldn’t free up a senior slot, but retaining him would mop one up if he can’t be re-rookied after 3 years and he would need to be better than what is on offer around pick 50 ish.
Draper is definitely a keeper as a rookie, and McNiece is still a free hit as a second year category B rookie if his body is up to the game after suffering whiplash last year.