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I dont think thats the case. He had a clear idea of how he wanted to use Bird and it just didnt work out. Bird was a top tier player at the time we signed him and a fully fit and firing Bird would improve us immensely.Because Bennett wanted to try to prove that he still had pulling power (remember we missed out on some players before that). So he just signed someone without regard to whether the team needed them or not.
We didnt really lose our pulling power either. Apart from Ash Taylor and Cam Smith who did we lose? We didnt lose Ash because of our pulling power, we lost him because the Titans offered him about $300k a year more than we did. It was purely about money. Smith just played us to get himself a better contract with the grubs.