I’m sorry for ranting but what a frustrating situation. It’s a what comes first chicken/egg thing. If players can’t get their jobs done week in week out, and that’s been our problem now for many many years, then why continue to use the same players in the same ways? Why re-sign them again and again? Ravalawa is showing improvement in some areas but not in others. Great to score near impossible tries but undermined by fluffing easy ones and spilling passes, ambling the ball back etc. Try him at centre ffs. If only to rule it out. Give Sailor a run. Aitken should have been converted to the forwards (or let go) when it was established some time ago he doesn’t have the all round game required to excel at centre. Pereira gives his all but is dodgy under kicks. I don’t know what you do with him. He’d be an amazing player with better hands and a touch more Basic footy smarts. Let’s face it, Dufty too. Toughness too in his case. it was very clear what his weaknesses were even in lower grades but his defence has not improved, nor his willingness to muck in, take a hit, stay away from the sideline, run the ball hard etc. Aitken’s hands are among the poorest I’ve seen in a top flight centre. All these guys have great attributes as players, attributes that should make them stars or at least competent players when their weaknesses are addressed properly, and improved. How about some game time for Sailor, Blacker et al? Why hasn’t Joe Lovodua been given a minute in first grade? How come players like Fuimaono and Kerr have to play their first 20 games in 3-20 minute stints and other, less talented players get masses of game time? It’s mystifying to see us persevere with some guys when former undervalued, underplayed Dragons are playing leading roles for other Teams. Some big teams. Chris Lewis played a blinder for the Storm against Souths. He won a comp in lower grades with Saints and didn’t taste first grade. Kurt Mann has been the Knights’ best player across several positions. How good would he look in Aitken’s jumper right now.? How many games did he start with us? Havili, Lui, Marsters, Sele, Leilua, Field, Hutchison, Garrick, et al. All showing high competency at their clubs, all chased away from Saints due to lack of opportunity. it serves to prove how broken Saints coaching and development systems are and how we simply must stop making soft internal appointments In order to stop the rot. Give us an experienced coach with an eye for developing talent. Don’t give us the same shit.