I think it's a great thing adding to an area we have shortcomings in attack, as there is zero momentum or platform to set up good field position and a Big reason we are camped on our line adding to the defensive pressure you mention.I agree with Croker’s shortcomings and certainly think his lack of natural instincts for the position are a problem, but when you factor in defence, he is the lesser of two evils, which is probably why he keeps getting picked.
It’s no good having Gordon’s eyes up footy and crisp service in the middle defence if it’s open season for the opposition. We’re having a hard enough time controlling the opposition as is, and Croker is a great defender in the middle. A young, unseasoned rookie is only going to exacerbate things further.
As mentioned I'm not sure Tong is the answer and others on here seen defensive frailties I must have missed - thought he tackled well on the bigger Tigers forward ??,
1 thing I am sure of, is the current setup is not working and the critical 9 position to provide spark and good service is hindering momentum, field position and adding ultra pressure on the defence.