White had personal reasons for missing JD and I remember Kevvie's was moved because Lockyer couldn't be there at the original date.
It ended when they realised he was capable of just leaving for the Roosters.I just wonder how far back the true power swung fully over to management. I mean there was a time when a winning coach and a winning team set the direction and really held the reins. The head coach had massive power quite often with enough clout to get people arseholed. The sort of power Bellamy seems to still possess to this day.
I suggested a long time ago that WB didn't come back to the position of power he once had although in title only was it the same. I think the powerhouse coach role died IMMEDIATELY after WB left with mere 'employees' in the role of coach since that era ended with WBs first departure. I'm saying all the coaches since that date, WB included were treated like puppets from on high, all hamstrung. WB was lucky on his second visit with early success but that hid the new true nature of the Broncos.
We've lost something for sure and I think it's simply described and tough to get back. The games essence.
The people on the team and the coach trying to win A match on any given day.
A marriage if you will. Everyone else should just feel privileged to play a role in supporting those two elements and that includes owners, fans, and management. The media is an issue apart.
The priority is the 'essence' of any club or it should be. No distilled description of the game of rugby league mentions anyone else but the two elements. Considering a team without a coach is fair enough to describe a game as having a single element but for my purposes I consider the coaches as essential, much like an orchestra and conductor.