Mark Geyer is not the smartest analyst but he is spot on with his emphasis on the spine. We have made the mistake of having the largest portion of our cap on the forward pack.Wendell Sailor:
“Macca will be at the Dragons. Anthony Griffin and him have a bit of a bond there. I’m happy for Macca to be at the Dragons for two years. But if they’ve offered three years to a 31-year-old whose done his ACL… I think it’s a bad business decision.”
“Hook wants to surround himself with some familiarity and that is McCullough obviously. The Dragons need a really good start to the season. They’ve been the losers this off-season the Dragons because of the negativity that is surrounding them. They need something to go their way. If McCullough is that man and Griffin is familiar and comfortable with then so be it. I’m not scared of that. It’s not a scary spine when you consider the Storm’s, Penrith’s, South Sydney’s. That’s the buzz word these days – the spine. If you have a good spine, you’re going to win 75 per cent of your games."
We do spend a lot of money on our forward pack, but we have also spent a fair chunk on the spine as well... it's just been on the wrong playersMark Geyer is not the smartest analyst but he is spot on with his emphasis on the spine. We have made the mistake of having the largest portion of our cap on the forward pack.
If I could model a new teams cap spending I'd be spending 4 mill on 5-6 spine players with a couple of good, upcoming juniors. Then I'd focus on mistake-free workers in defence and attack in the pack and the backline. Then I'd spend 2 mill with 2-4 explosive players who can break tackles and break a game open from nothing a couple times a year. Everyone would be a talker in defence and prioritise defence. This is what a champion team looks like in the salary cap*** era
*** = salary cap dependent upon medical retirements and NRL favourites
Queue outrage from NSWRL media about Broncos looking to cash in and playing hardball with the poor old dragonsMy source at the Dragons is saying they’ve changed their offer after the McInness situation. Would have been sorted last week but looks like we are actually playing hard ball for once.
Don’t give contract options in the players favour to mediocre players I think is the real lesson we need to learn. If they won’t sign with us without a player option, then jog on lad, we’ll look elsewhere...We write it down as a lesson for the next CEO and Board. Dont give stupid deals or loan players for them to come back and bite us. Dodged a bullet.
The funny thing is, it’s entirely likely our unofficial CEO is probably making deals with a few player’s unofficial player agent, Moses.Get our new CEO here as soon as we can. Although I wonder if he's lurking in the background.