I was wonderring what your opinion was eleven rounds in? At the start of the year, I mentioned that I wanted Manly, and Manly's extended recruitment team to uncover the next BIG thing for us (not that that would be a NEGATIVE thing), like Crusher had done so well at Parramatta. That doesn't mean signing a top quality established player from another club on overs to attract him to the club. That means finding a Benji, Sonny Bill, Lyon, Sutton etc etc. After the Cronulla match I think it was, where Burns and Matai both had extrodinary games, you posted a thread about the fact that I questioned the ability of Manly to UNCOVER the next big thing. Do you still believe Matai, and Burns are the ilk of the players I have mentioned above, or do you think your thread was a reaction to short term success? Crusher HAS bought us some great buys no doubt, but the buys are players in the twilight of their careers in my opinion, and only really add short term value like Ben Kennedy (Brent Kite the obvious exception) has. The problem with short term player marketability, is that you build your team around a player that's only going to play for 1-2 years, then retire, leaving the club in a position to have to find someone ELSE to build the club around, and the re-building process seems to take a lot longer than hoped for. If Crusher were to head off and follow his son to brighter (LoL) pastures, do you think that he added value in his tenure here at Manly? I recall players like Walker, Kimmorley and co. (established older players) being bought over BEFORE Crusher was here. Do you think lower grade positions on the table show the depth Crusher has bought to the club? I know this is a tad :blah: :blah: :blah: , but I'm honestly interested to see if your view has changed.