For mine the Broncos and Bulldogs have both recruited high priced players and the pressure is on them to improve. The Cowboys should be wooden spoon favourites.You would have to think Payten is under a world of pressure compared to Kev with the way the two clubs finished the second half of the season.
The cows do not appear to have recruited well. If he has a poor start to the season the jungle drums may start beating fairly early.
We have recruited essentially nobody (Townsend, who is one more heavy tackle away from medical retirement, and Hiku).
There only aim is to continue blooding youth, jettison the anchor contracts of Holmes and Maclean and hope to make a splash in the 2023 free agent market.
For that reason Payten has another 2 seasons at least. If Kevvie doesn't push for an top 8 spot next year he is in a world of hurt.