That is true to an extent, but when Cooper retired they brought in Croft who looks similar and Cam is now playing a bit of first receiver whilst Croft adjusts.I definitely don’t think they are done. They may struggle to be at the same level but they’ll still be there about. We said they wouldn’t be the same after the salary cap broke up their team, within 2 years they were. We said they wouldnt be the same without the big 3, they lose Cronk and barely miss a beat, they lose Slater and are having one of their most dominant years to date (post cap cheating).
They have good young players filling the wholes, and yeah the loss of Smith will be their biggest challenge yet but they won’t all of a sudden become the west tigers or the dragons.
When they lost Billy they had young guys in Drinkwater, Hughes and Pap who could come in and play a similar role (supporting through the middle and finishing attacking movements).
When they lose Cam they may need to change their entire game plan... Brandon Smith looks a very good prospect, but he plays nothing like Cam so they won't have a controlling game manager at dummy half, which they've had for the last 12 or so years.
There is Harry Grant though... I know he has been absolutely killing it in ISC, but I've not seen him play. For those in the know is he more of a Cam Smith or Brandon Smith??