Jackson Hastings is a leader and would be a great half for the next 4 years and if we could put Walsh at 6 and get a good fullback, what a side that would be!Keary will only leave the Roosters if he's going to retire. Say what you want about the club and Politis, but they look after their old boys. Cordner, Friend, and Keary will be next. No way they will cut him unless he requests (why would he).
I agree though, Volkman with Metcalf as 6 next year is way too slim, especially experience wise if Shaun retires (which I think he will TBH). Off contract next year below;
Matt Frawley, Ben Hampton, Lachlan Lam, Matt Moylan, Hayze Perham, Jaeman Salmon, Billy Walters
7 players off contract
Phoenix Crossland, Kurt Falls, Cooper Johns, Albert Kelly, Jock Madden, Anthony Milford, Sean O'Sullivan, Brandon Wakeham, Sam Williams
Hate to say it, but Matt Moylan is probably top of the list, with O'Sullivan and maybe Milford. We would have to wait until November and go for an early release on these guys;
Dylan Brown, Tyson Gamble, Jackson Hastings, Adam Keighran, Kurt Mann, Cameron Munster, Paul Turner, Cody Walker
8 players off contract
Jakob Arthur, Bailey Biondi-Odo, Luke Brooks, Jake Clifford, Adam Clune, Kyle Flanagan, Ben Hunt, Drew Hutchison, Lachlan Ilias, Shaun Johnson, Lachlan Miller, Kodi Nikorima, Cory Paix, Jonah Pezet, Brad Schneider, Blake Taaffe, Braydon Trindall, Sam Walker, Tyran Wishart
I think Hunt will be up for grabs November potentially, he would be 33 next year and looking for a final couple seasons. Dragons haven't gone far with him, but he is a controlling experienced 7. Could be worth it for the right price.
Throwing the sink at Brown is another option, but he won't be released. I don't think he would offer value being a true 6, when we need a commander. Maybe Volkman will be that guy.
Yep as mentioned, he is a number 6, thats where the Sharks used him, wtf are the Warriors thinking?
imo Benji has always seen Shaun Johnson as a mini me. and in many ways they are so similar, i get that. But eventually, after his rugby stint, Benji realised he had to bring something different and did, while Shaun Johnson talked differences and has delivered the same old same oldBenji raises some good points.
A few points to argue against it. Johnson himself said he wanted to come back and lead the side around the field seeing as he was more experienced. Also, his strength was his running game, which is pretty much non-existent now. Changing the jersey or his role isn't going to dramatically change that. A lot of these guys are still thinking of the younger version, age and injuries have changed him.
At Cronulla, he was good at getting guys into space due to the threat of his running and his ball playing. His kicking was also a lot better. He also had better structures around him which fall back on coaching and the overall squad.
At the moment we look to be banking on him getting back to Auckland and his family to turn around his form. If it does great, secondly if it works, how long will that last?
I've said previously Benji should be someone Johnson should have watched to see how he evolved later in his career. If he wants to play on past his natural gifts and be curtailed by injuries he needed to have evolved.imo Benji has always seen Shaun Johnson as a mini me. and in many ways they are so similar, i get that. But eventually, after his rugby stint, Benji realised he had to bring something different and did, while Shaun Johnson talked differences and has delivered the same old same old
The unfortunate thing is this should of been the best Warriors pack he'd play behind.Shaun Johnson cant deliver jackshit behind the momentum our team fails to gain, we get dominated from the first tackle. We are going nowhere until we fix that.
Once we fix getting momentum on the first 3 tackles and give our halves something to work on then we can bag out Shaun Johnson, until then we need his long(ish) kicking game to get us out of the constant field position pressure we put ourselves in.