possm, I don't disagree with you. It's a nice thought but unfortunately, I still believe you are dreaming. Firstly, I think you can forget about Mann. I also wish he could get a chance at 5/8 but thus far, I haven't seen anything to suggest he can make it as a 5/8. Field is our great hope. The main problem is that if that spine goes really well, the other two "value buys" are going to want an upgrade. As they should.I agree with you on spending 1m on a centre however, I'd the offer to Dugan from the Dragons is about 800k and to date he has no formal offers other than that from the Dragons.
Our spine of Tedesco, Mann or Field, Hunt and McInnes is well balanced with two marquee players in Tedesco and Hunt and two value buys in Mann/Field and McInnes.
Secondly, you plan is good but with so much money invested in the forwards, halfback and a centre, there is no way SGI will have enough money to compete with other clubs for Tedesco.
I'm one of Duges biggest fans but he doesn't come before the team as a whole. The only way we will be able to get Tedesco is by letting Dugan go and if it comes to that, so be it. Tedesco is set to be the best fullback in the competition for several years (of course barring the emergence of new fullback). On the back of our forwards and Ben Hunt, he would be many times better than he is now at the Tigers IMO.