The fans may not have rated it, but the only way was up for the Warriors. Not only were they finally going to have a proper home and away season, but one of their best players was going to come into the season fully fit after recovering from a knee reco. Add in signings like CNK, Barnett, D. Walker and Niukore it was a more reliable roster than the one that relied on potential in players like Walsh, Harris-Tavita and Katoa.Walters maybe but I don’t think anyone much was rating Webster’s roster at the start of the year. We’d lost Walsh and a bunch of others and we didn’t make any real marquee signings to replace them - Webster has achieved what he has by getting a whole bunch of guys to play career best football this year, not by importing a bunch of in form stars.
Webster has done a remarkable job and I certainly didn't expect him to make the improvements he's made. However I did expect to see improvement, whereas I really struggled to see Melbourne improving on their situation, yet here we are.