With only a few rounds left of our dismal 2017 season, what will turn things around in 2018? In my opinion, player retention and recruitment has been very poor under Des's reign and this trend looks to continue in 2018. 2018 Gains: Fa'amanu Brown (Cronulla Sharks, 2019), Kieran Foran (New Zealand Warriors, 2020), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers, 2021) 2018 Losses: Sam Kasiano (Melbourne Storm), Josh Reynolds (Wests Tigers) Re-Signed: Adam Elliott (2020), Danny Fualalo (2019), Kerrod Holland(2020), Will Hopoate (2020), Marcelo Montoya (2020), Reimis Smith(2019), Renouf To'omaga (2020), Aiden Tolman (2020) Off Contract 2017: Michael Doolan, Craig Garvey, Rod Griffin, Michael Lichaa, Tyrone Phillips, Andy Saunders, Chase Stanley Des has finally got the big name signings he was after in Foran and Woods, unfortunately it was at the expense of Josh Reynolds and others are likely to follow. Although Foran is not playing well at the Warriors he will bring structure and a kicking game to our attack. He will be the calming influence in attack we have been lacking ever since Hodkinson left. I feel the biggest weakness for next season are our playing style, backline and hooker. Playing Style: Des promised this year to reinvent our playing style. It did change...not for the better though. The forwards played less like half backs but the rest is still a mess. His implementation of short drop outs and kick offs reeks of a coach who is out of ideas. Backline: Our backline is slow and unable to create opportunities. BMoz is still solid but he is getting slower by the day. JMoz and Hoppa are defensively good but offer little else. Montoya and Brenko Lee look pretty decent. Hooker: Lichaa finally seems to be on the outta. He spent 3 games on the bench and is now out of the FG side altogether. Internally it looks like Mbye, Frawley, Cleeland, Garvey or Fa'amanu Brown will get the gig. Des has given us a few pretty good seasons but he has failed to move on from this outdated playing style. His player retention/recruitment has been poor and now these heavy back ended contracts are now adding salary cap pressure. I'd be happy to sack Des, pay him out and begin the rebuilding process under Jim Dymock. If any player has a "Des" clause then they can go too.