Ideally Fainu and Lawton are the rotation, most likely Croker and Lawton for the rest of this year though.Let's put in perspective the Fainu situation...there is little doubt he would give Manly exactly what we are lacking in relation to lighting up our middle, which has improved dramatically, but could be as dangerous as ANY other NRL side with his inclusion.
I have been confident of his inclusion, but the case has become a drag and we do need to look at the best options with who is guaranteed to be available in a months time.
Lawton is definately a far bigger firecracker out of dummy half adding explosive running, which would add great dynamics, to be blunt I have little idea on his defence or game management, so it comes down to more than just adding zip.
Keeping it real, to have Fainu back would be the "Dream result" with daylight second, but must at this time be looked at this as simply a bonus if it can happen, with the other options what we need to assess.....
The 1 thing I do know is as soon as Lawton is available he needs a bench spot with 10 - 15 minutes back end of halves to test him and if he passes with flyying colours, particularly defensively an is smooth/fluent with his passing role, could well turn into the number 1 9 at the club.
I still like Cust also, but Des and the coaching staff have Croker as the preference, which I can omly put down to his defensive game as his distribution and running game (or lack of it) does not strike any fear into the opposition.
How will the back half of 2021 look in relation to dummy half options - what's the thoughts and why ?