The thing is that only 10 years before Lowe would have been correct. Just shows how quickly the Fox went downhill.
He was a handy player but had played his best years. He was the Blake Green to Stacey Jones at the time. Dude had the skills and vision but was out of shape and had lost his speed.
2000 was a miserable year for the club. Jones was injured at the start of the season so Simons was paired up with Robbie Mears and Ben Lythe in the halves. I remember Ivan Cleary playing centre while Cliff Beverley was getting smashed at fullback. Team was stacked with players who in all fairness probably should have never played NRL if it weren't for Graham Lowes genius development plan of plucking players straight out of the Fox Memorial competition (something the current owners look to want to repeat ). Im talking about Cliff Beverley, Talite Liava'a, Ben Lythe, David Mulhall and Scott Petherbridge. Then you add in the past there due date players like Tony Tuimavave, John Simon, Lee Oudenryn, and Terry Hermansson as well as the journeymen like Jason Bell, Scott Coxon, Jason Death, and David Myles and its little wonder we sucked...