If Solomona definitely won't consider joining us, then I hope Castleford gets relegated and we re-sign Guttenbeil.
Have to disagree with you here mate. If you think resigning guttenbeil is the best solution to our problems I'm VERY suprised.
All nostalga apart, Guttenbeil at best is a tradesman - an extremely solid 2nd rower who did not offer alot in the flair department.
Losing a ball playing forward like Sione - who was probably our only ball playing forward at the club currently - means we need to sign a similar player. Someone who is atleast abit dynamic.
Sadly Guttenbeil is not such a player.
I dont claim to have the answer here. At the moment if we cant sign Solomona Im not 100% sure who Sione's replacement should be. One thing im sure of is it's not Fai. Give the boy a few starts off the bench as the season goes and see how he progresses.
Solomona aside maybe there isnt a 2nd rower / lock on the market in the NRL or the ESL who will fit the bill ?
The way Im starting to look at it is maybe we need to look at signing a dynamic centre to play lock. It's worked for other teams and someone like Shontayne Hape would be perfect. There are plenty of candidates floating around the 2 comps.
Or perhaps we put Mannering at lock (as well as he is playing at centre) and purchase another centre to fill his boots.
I see a REAL problem here going forward into 2007 if we cant remedy this. It's a major piece of the puzzle missing from a possible 'contender' team.