Grizzly old fart
- Aug 6, 2012
Point taken,but over the last couple of years we have blooded Paseka,Keppie,Fainu,Olakau'atu,Waddell,Cust,Funa,Garrick(maybe others I don't remember)We are adding guys regularly.
What about the question I asked if we are not winning games and are bringing through a bunch of youngsters at the same time,would you accept the losses or demand more changes to fix it immediately?
The point I was getting about with the previous players was that we were struggling at the time and had little choice to play some kids etc....Des inherited a team with no players apart from a few locals and juniors and some guys willing to leave their clubs for an opportunity(Westley,Long,Shipway etc...)I don't believe we are in the same boat now.
This could go on until Christmas Smokin'.
But in answer to your question, my response was indirectly elucidating by identifying that young players brought in when the team aren't succeeding, often lifted the side, if they are good enough. That's why I mentioned the before and after dates for each player. Of course I appreciate that such success is not solely because those players were promoted, but you will note several were promoted when the team was performing less effectively.
I guess we saw what can happen when players are not utilised who can impact on a game, with Barrett, who when even losing badly, with multiple injuries, was reluctant to promote players who could have made an impact, preferring steady and pedestrian. Not that Des is a novice like Barrett was, but I suspect its safe to overlook flaws in a team, when other players are covering those deficiencies by playing so well to get you over the line. Sometimes that maintains stability. Other times it promotes predictability, and good coaches are all too aware of what weaknesses an opposition has.
But its obvious that we have differing perspectives and I guess we'll just have to wait and see because in the end we have no say whatever in what the coach decides.