I personally would have loved a Ben kennedy/Sam Burgess type signing....truth is, this mould of player is not available nor affordable.
But spare a thought - the real key to a successful team, is to nurture a crop of future stars and have them break into the NRL with a 1 - 2 year time frame and the only signings should be quality over quantity to inspire these potential stars and form an ultra competitive footy team.
The recent teams using this formula, would be Penrith and Cowboys who are both Top 4 sides and look to stay there for the next few years at least as a dominant force.
This could just be what we have starting in 2023 with big Oka imo up with the best young forwards in the comp and Koula already an auto selection, plus I feel we have not seen Paseka's best and could be up with the best forwards in the comp - I expect Flanagan to have a great effect on this big beast in 2023 and then add 3 - 4 more players including Weekes, Tuitivake, GCK all having the potential to push for a spot in the 17.
Roach is a true footballer and injury free will be in the mix, this could be a season of many "positive" suprises.
Also the young Cows forward Condon is looking the goods since moving South, so it's only several weeks till trials to see just how good he is.
I feel that left edge last season lacked X factor, as Davey was a hard working toiler and Bullemore seemed a bit lost, so I expect Tuilagi to have far more impact from day 1.
Maybe the signings have seemed on the quiet, but is this recognition to the young guns coming through this is their time and belief they can light up the NRL in 2023 ?
I am hoping this is the case and if even 2 rookies have impact and everything else falls into place, this could be an exciting season to watch a fast, enthusiastic footy side that is going forward in a big way....similar to 2005 - 2006 before we hit that "Golden era"