I never for one said it was great we lost him. I believe it was a great loss... initially. But on reading more and more of his off field tom foolery and possible gang affiliations and the influence he was having on the younger guys it was clear it was the right move. Now is he a quality prop yes. Will we miss him yes. Have I ever said Aloiai is better - nope - and I haven't read anyone saying that. Maybe they have but I haven't read that. And anyone can throw stats and interpret them how how they want and I might be wrong about Aloiai thriving here and his offloading ability going through the roof with a fit Turbo and now Schu, DCE, Cust trailing him. Will he get the same metres as AFB - I would say no - will he play the ball quicker - how the hell do I know or anyone for that matter - remains to be seen and not sure anyone keeps those stats - certainly not on these forums. Will he do more defence - yes I think there is no doubt. Will he sting in defence - yes he can - is he a more mobile and better defender than AFB - I would think so. Now does the "new" game suit AFB - I am not sure - we will see. So there are swings and roundabouts - I just have not read anyone saying Aloiai is better - he is different... maybe he fits the new game better. But we will see.I'm unsure why fans struggle to be able to say 'It sucks we've lost him'.
It does with AFB. He is by far the best prop in the comp (or close w/ Papalii).
You can provide 'stats' that don't really give the picture - Total Stats are far, far, far different from average stats.
AFB Averaged 166m for the season, and averaged 185m halfway through the season, Josh's NRL Profile has been taken down I think (can't seem to access it - probably getting changed to a Manly profile), but from memory it was 133m. Addin also provides a lot better flair in attack. Defensively he isn't as good though I'm sure.
I do like Josh's signing a lot. I think its exactly what we need, a good solid front rower with NRL experience who averages nicely over 100m+ a game.
Josh's highest ranking stat for props in 2020 was 15th for 'decoy runs'. AFB was up there with the most metres for any forward on average across the NRL. Big big difference.
The value proposition of AFB is that we can rebalance the squad - which we seem to be doing - which I think will pay off in the long run. 850k is it steep? Yes, so not the worst idea.
But Jake is on 950k and Marty is reportedly on 700-750k... AFB is better than both so he still provides better value ON THE FIELD... Jake isn't worth nearly 950k... but he smartly negotiated with his brother so that we get both for basically 2m a season. Without Jake we probably lose Tom, so more than happy to pay the overs there i guess.
At the end of the day AFB didn't want to be here so I thought it was handled very well by the club in the end.
But is Josh better than AFB? No chance.
Will Josh be a good signing? Definitely.