Signings from the NRL guarantee absolutely nothing, all they are is just names on paper at this stage.
I like Hoffman as a player but i haven't seen Lima do much for a couple of seasons and Finch is up and down.
What we do know is that Liam Farrell and Lee Mossop have the potential to be superstars and i would be disappointed if these two lose out to the higher paid imports.
The Wigan club under Maquire have built there squad around fantastic English players and every club should learn from that.
BTW, McIllorum was outstanding in the GF and Sam T was my m.o.m
I agree that Wigan have a great squad of English players, many of them Wigan juniors. However the better imports add experience and, if they are top quality, mentoring to the English juniors.
I am not a huge fan of Finch because of his abrasive, "spoilt brat" personality. He caused a few problems when he was at the Sydney Roosters (e.g. a famous on field spat with the nicest guy in the team, Craig Fitzgibbon). However I think he has matured a bit at Melbourne under the "no nonsense" coaching of Craig Bellamy. Also worth noting, he does have a very good kicking game, and this will add another dimension to Wigan's attacking game.
One other point worth emphasising: the Melbourne Storm imports are not just "names on paper." They all have a good existing relationship with the Wigan coach. He knows their game, including their strengths and weaknesses, already. They know him, they must be comfortable with him, and so they will slot into the team much more easily than imports from other Australian clubs would have.
Edited by ParisSurtout, 02 October 2010 - 08:27 PM.