The club tried to sign smith and JT (not 100% sure about JT), but they were at clubs who could match our offers and they didn’t want to leave. Smith was coming to Brisbane until his ‘wife’ convinced him to stay.This club has been a major failure at succession planning for the last 13 years or so, basically coinciding with the tenure of one Bruno Cullen.
A brief look at the failings over that time:
1. They had no succession plan in place to replace Bennett when he left originally. They allowed their succession plan to walk out the door and go to Melbourne. They then stuffed up trying to re-sign Bellamy (either twice or three times) which led us to the wonderful predicament of having no option but to appoint Henjak. This then rolled into the appointment of Hook.
2. They allowed Luke Priddis and then Michael Ennis to leave without having a viable and competent hooking alternative. You all know what this has resulted in.
3. Nothing apparently was planned for the inevitable retirement of our last superstar player, one D. Lockyer. No viable alternative had been groomed and any attempt to go to the market to buy a ready made replacement failed. We really needed to buy one of Thurston, Cronk or Smith to replace him.
4. There has been a failure to prepare for the inevitable retirement of our last cohort of experienced leaders, Hodges, Parker and Thaiday which has led to current leadership vacuum.
5. The final example is the cluster **** that resulted in trying to manage the ending of Bennett's involvement with the club.
Hopefully, this area will eventually improve.
People in the media talk about how much cash we have, but we’re still bound by the cap. If it didn’t exist then the criticism would be warranted.