This is the age old debate about how you consider a player to be the best in the world. Do you look for individual brilliance or someone whose play is essential to a team performing to its full ability?
Personally I think a mixture of the two is what should be looked for. I'd go for Cooper Cronk (can't belive he didn't get a single vote!) followed closely by Kieran Foran.
If you start to think of Dual Reg as 'loans, but from the same club' all your bad thoughts will go away: we've had lads who've had more game time with us than they have with Saints this season, so when Saints recall them, they're effectively borrowing them from us!
And how does that make you feel watching Rochdale develop these Saints players for a season? A lot of Hornets resources being used to ease the Saints purse strings, and for what? The player goes back to Saints after a few months and the young Rochdale junior left to take his place is totally disillusioned at having had his career path blocked by a DR player.
It would be an absolutely crazy decision to get rid of Potter IMO.
Last season he had an horrific injury list to deal with and was forced to blood many youngsters. He also had the Benji Marshall circus to control as well. The signs were there at the end of the season that he was turning things around.
This season they have performed well above expectations. Last year's youngsters are now established first graders. Simona, Noafaluma, Sue, Seumanufaigai (sp?), Gavet, Brooks, Tedesco and Moses fit that bill. Good signings such as Taupau, Austin and Richards have proved a success as well.
This squad is going in the right direction and could be world beaters in 2 or 3 years. Brooks in particular looks like a future origin and kangaroo player and he's only 19.
Farah needs to wind his neck in. He comes across as someone who's only happy if he is centre of attention. The board should be backing the coach, especially when he is doing well, and not star players. It's Tim Sheens all over again.