I don’t know the specifics of what needs to happen list wise, ie what changes happen to the rookie list but my thoughts are:
Gone: Jobe, Kelly, Stanton, Hocking, Eades
On thin ice: J Merrett, Morgan, McKernan, Long
In: Stringer, Saad, Smith, Lavender
Assuming we require 3 picks at the draft and the adjustment in the rookie list requires we need X amount of lost spots, I think they’ll come from the above players.
I think McKernan is particularly unlucky but with the cat B rookie and Draper also around in addition to Leuenberger & Bellchambers, I think he’s without a spot if he’s not a back up ruck unless the list management team see him as a KPF which I don’t think they do given how he’s been used in past seasons.
Given the acquisition of Saad this trade period and McGrath plus the development of McKenna, Mutch, Clarke etc I really don’t see what purpose is served by keeping Morgan and J Merrett. Tough calls but IMO they are too far down the depth chart & tough calls need to be made. Ditto Long. Think he’s done his time on the rookie list so it’s either upgrade or delist? Happy to be corrected on that.
I think Bird, Howlett & Green will survive for depth.