As much as Smith is good we need a fullback more then any other position atm, and Smith wouldn't come cheap.
We can do that with Hynes, he is a natural 6 who can slot into 6 if Cobbo can establish himself, Isaako just isn't a fullback often lost on defensive positioning and his support play is significantly less then any decent fullback in the competition(the one area where Hynes is probably the best at, and statistically he supports more then any other player per game).Maybe we could persist with Isaako for another year whilst giving Cobbo some experience on the wing with a view to moving him to fullback in 2024 if he's up to it. Then we could utilise Smith as a solid option at 9 until we bring through a young hooker. Few guys were talking about a good young hooker on here the other day. Can't remember his name.
We seem to be lacking a prop. Can’t have haas punching out 80 minutes again.So the squad for next year is definitely taking shape:
12. Pangi Jr
Definitely gone - Milford, Bird, Joffa, Macca, Walsh, Dearden, Coates
Likely gone if someone wants them - Oates, Lodge, Niu, Asiata
Possibly gone but retained if no one better comes along - Turpin, Isaako, Copley
Waiting on a decision - Hetherington
So it looks like we are now only waiting on Hetherington in the re-signing stakes and a few more ins if we can, hopefully Hynes and maybe a hooker.
This squad is starting to become exciting.