Yes. I thought the writing was on the wall when Lockyer was talking up Paix as the bench utility soon after the disaster at parramatta. Turpin was always going to be first pick for hooker next year and if Paix is on the bench then there’s no spot for Macca.While on the subject of Macca, I think he's gone. Here's why:
1. We know he's been shopped to the Warriors, so we know Pies doesn't want him.
2. He knows Pies doesn't want him around. That must be tense.
3. He's not in the Leadership Group. What?
Macca was widely tipped as the incoming captain only a year ago. Since then, he hasn't put a foot wrong. He's been club loyal, squeaky clean. When he was playing 80" he routinely topped the comp-wide tackle count, week in, week out. Before his injury - which he recovered from in record time - he handled the ball just about more than all the other players combined. He was involved in everything. Off the field, he's even hosting two other players. He's well spoken, happily married. Everyone seems to like him. Everyone seems to respect him. He doesn't Instagram shite. He's not covered in ugly tattoos. He's played for QLD. In short, he's a mentor.
So why would a bloke like that not be "leadership" material?
That says to me he's not in the mix.