We must have money in the cap as we were going after Staggs who would have cost us around $600k considering that both Papalii and Cartwright will be upgraded for next year. So we're not broke. Thought we acquired Perham from Warriors as a centre but he has been playing every position bar centre and is not in top 30. But if we don't want to break the bank a good junior at another club could be the go. Look at Crichton at Penrith, not in their top centres prior to be promoted, and now considered elite. Their reserve grade side is undefeated (I think) so they must have good centres, start looking there as there is little prospect any will make nrl anytime soon. And even if under contract you would consider Penrith would release them due to that fact.Oh pleeeeease! I am not referring to our overall defense, which has been good against most lower teams. I am referring to our defense out wide, especially in regards to Waqa, Fergo and Sivo...with Waqa the main offender.
Our defensive numbers stack up well due to the great cover and scramble that the rest of the team have to do because of those 3 having such bad reads at times under pressure. And sure our defense looks and is better when you have an A grade defender in the team like D. Brown, but that doesn't mean that those 3 know what they are doing. But Waqa is the main culprit that unsettles Fergo and others in the backline and then the second guessing begins. The team goes into scramble mode and our good defensive structures start to collapse.
If we can remove him and replace him with a more level headed defender with similar pace or better, then our defensive prowess will improve massively right across the board and the confidence will go through the roof.
Sure I can hear you now saying that to get such a player will cost way to much under the salary cap. Well yeah der!. But all great players were juniors once looking for their chance and opportunity. What do you like telling us like a one phrase parrot when we lose a junior to a rival club?
"We can't keep them all."
Well maybe you should heed your own advice sometimes mate.