Like you Ernie, I'm not too convinced so far, although I am pleased by Rowe and Faal's signings. However, I wasn't overly impressed pre-season last year when we signed Potts, Hirst and Applegarth. To be fair Hirst has exceeded my expectations and Applegarth and Potts have been two of the best players in the division in there respective positions, I certainly can't think of anyone in our division I'd rather have in there place.
We were desperately short in the centres last season, so Faal can only be a good move. I can't say I have ever been Walton's biggest fan in the centres, he's great with ball in hand, but he's better suited to the 2nd row imo, as there is more cover if he misses his man. In the centre's he's too exposed, as was best witnessed at Sheffield away in the league game where he conceded 3 tries.
I've always liked Rowe, he always seems to play well when I've seen him, but whether he's good enough to replace Walmsley, only time will tell I guess. One thing is for sure, we need a number of new quality players if we going to move forward,
One thing that is puzzling though, It has been deafeningly quiet regarding SL academy players so far. I am under the impression (but could be wrong) that all of the 2nd team/academies are all being dis-banded next season? So far though, I haven't seen many of them being snapped up. I'm not too familiar with the academies, but surely the likes of Leeds in particular, but also Wakefield, Castleford and Huddersfield all must have a good number of young lads looking to put themselves in the shop window in the Championship next season. Another Aaron Murphy or Jermaine McGillvary wouldn't go amiss.
Edited by Pride & Heritage, 24 September 2012 - 04:13 PM.