Gee if the rules didn’t change!! And if I wasn’t 120kg I’d be a supermodel. In reality we have hardly played well all year with or without Tom.We would not be within cooee of the top 4. The rules did change ! ... why do you think teams are going for youth and speed. Its the biggest change to the game in decades and isn’t going anywhere.The storm had to let go of a few superstars but still went ok. We did to in our last generation of superstars. If they’re asking for money there’s just not much you can do about it with a loaded squad.
With Fainu, some Injury luck and without mid season rule changes we would be in the top 4.
The Storm had Smith Cronk Slater .All future immortals .You can’t compare our top players to them.
You do realize if you buy top young talent you spend big money too.Works both ways.Usually costs more to extract a player.
In any case when was the last player Des signed at Dogs or us that has improved into a top first grader like Bellamies mob do every year.
Other than Suli who was an opportunistic punt I can’t think of one.?? Happy to be corrected.