Obviously the Coach and backs play a significant role but it's obvious having the right pack is critical. Looking at Manly's previous year's forwards compared to this year showed up the following.... to 2014 Brent Kite 2005-2013 Anthony Watmough 2002-2014 Jason King 2001-2014 Glen Stewart 2003-2014 Jamie Buhrer 2010- 2015 Willie Mason 2015 6 clubs - Leaving Feleti Mateo 2015 - 5 clubs Blake Leary 2015 - 2 clubs Ligi Sao 2013-2015 1 club 22 y.o. - Leaving Jake Trbojevic 2015 - 1 club 21 y.o. Justin Horo 2013-2015 2 clubs - Leaving Our team had a bit of a 'journeyman" look about it. Not being critical of this year's players but for our club to be successful, I think our pack needs a blend of local juniors, long term solid players, and the quality experienced import (e.g. Gillespie, Kennedy, Myles). It has been this way historically , in the 60's 70's bringing in English imports, South's premiership winning players etc. I took a look at our 78 team below......(we also added Ray Higgs - but that didn't play out). 1978 Premiership Winning Team Bruce Walker 1978 1 year - from North Sydney Terry Randall 1969- 9 years - North Curl Curl - junior John Harvey 1974- 4 years - Harbord United - junior John Gray 1978 1 year - from North Sydney and England rep Max Krilich 1969- 9 years - Harbord United - junior Ian Thompson 1977- 2 years - from Queanbeyan United I see juniors such as Jake being an integral part of maintaining our (future) winning culture, and I can see getting a junior back such as Lussick could add to this. Hopefully players like Demetriou, Knight and others step up. Playing rugby league is a profession but it is also a head game (as we've seen this year), especially in tough games when the chips are down. We want people who have grown up here or who never want to leave, not players who are just looking for a job and a different jersey to add to the collection. Thoughts?