- Sep 6, 2013
The cap benefits for long term players is nowhere near enough, but our development systems also don't look to be up to scratch either.
The benefits of having a good development system is having a conveyor belt of talent coming into the system and providing value for money whereby rookie juniors can cut it with first graders at a fraction of the price.
When it's time to move a senior player on you also have a junior coming through ready to take the spot (i.e. succession planning).
At the moment we cast a state wide net and appear to just grab the biggest and the fastest, we've neglected the spine positions for what seems forever and we look to stockpile young talent by giving them spots in the Top 30 instead of being selective and only holding onto the best prospects.
If we can improve our development systems losing a Flegler or Herbie doesn't become the end of the world because the next one off the conveyor belt just comes in
I totally agree with the points about successions planning and cap benefits for loyalty being basically non-existent but basically it suits the NRL and managers to have players moving around.
On your development point though, I feel like we are starting to see with Herbie and Flegs going, the recruitment trust is starting to make some of those painful decisions. That said, succession planning only works if you don't get your bones picked out at both ends. We lose our juniors because other clubs target them, we lose our guys who are just about there because they get ridiculous offers and then we used our seasoned first graders for the same reason.
We are also developing a lot of players in all positions, look at the below:
Forwards: Riki, Fifita, Flegler, Carrigan, Haas, Collins, Te Kura, Piakura, Tino, Arrow, Joffa, T.Sims, Willison, Robati, Hetherington, Bullemor, Su'A, Molo, Wallace
Backs: Mariner, Cobbo, Gagai, Allan, Oates, Niu, Isaako, Farnworth, Staggs, Coates
Halves: Mam, T.Boyd, Dearden, Hunt, Chicken Sandwich
Hookers: Nikorima, Simpkin, Mozer, Paix
And there are others out there, we and Penrith are kind of propping up the competition.