We are all concerned at the moment. I think next season may suprise people (we may not win the comp but with Tom fit you never know) but i think we need to start blooding a lot of the promising youth we have coming through. We have very little cap space left (DCE, Tom and Jake taking most of it)
What we do have is good youth players who we expect to step up. That promising SG Ball side from a few years ago are almost at the age to step up.
I expect these guys to debut at some stage.
Weekes - fullback/centre cover. Possible 14 role.
Humphreys - halves cover. Will play when DCE is out. Possible 5/8 and hooker cover.
Vaega - expect him to start on the wing or at very least a back up
Tuitaake - he impressed me in the youth and had a good trial game this season. Didnt come through injuries. Expect him to step up into our squad.
Chan Kum Tong - Should be our starting hooker in my opinion. He looks the goods in the youth comps. Deserves a shot and can save us alot of money at hooker.
Viliami Fifita - will be in the 17 by seasons end. Tough prop/2nd row player. Hes 21. Should have debut already. Standard Des not trying the youth at the end.
Fulton - Good second row cover.. lock as well.
James Uesele - another good forward player. Can step up.
May be a season too early for the Fainu brothers but both will be 18 i believe at some point. Both will be potential first grade standard from what ive seen.
Not all will succeed but i think a few will step up and earn their positions the way Haumole and Koula have.
I want to see these guys get a run before we sign any more fringe garbage Des was hoping to get.