I think it was warranted back at the time. However, in saying that, I genuinely believe the Trent Barrett years have corrupted his game and therefore agree that yes it was a poor value-for-money deal (albeit necessary at the time and could've been awesome with a strong coach/squad). The old Dce is still there, we see it often but only in glimpses (typically when we begin dominating games and pressure is off him). Next to a genuine halfback, one with experience, a kicking game and a strong ability to straighten the attack (Screams foz to me), he will be able to grow into his old shoes and begin stamping his footprint in our attack again.The club should have never signed DCE to this lifetime deal. Short kicking game is atrocious, never runs the line, and stiffles the attack. What upsets me is you have players on half his salary looking alot better and kicking game is spot on most of the time.
The sooner he isn't forced to organise, the sooner he destroys opposition again and the sooner his short and long kicking game can become less forced and rushed.
I just think the stars could be aligning, it all points toward the fact we need to bring in a genuine halfback. This season is a major hint that we need to take, it could be defining how we maneouvre here I feel (even though it sounds i'm being dramatic). DCE is worth the money when he is able to be himself. Otherwise, without bringing in the neccessary support for him he will only be valuable in a leadership and defencive capacity.