There is one factor in the Des saga that only one poster has reminded us
of how things started. I apologise to that poster but cannot locate his item.
In essence,Des was handed an player list with which he was successful.
Enter Crusher Cleal and his recruitment list and things proceeded to change
with results less than expected.
I had forgotten that important piece of the saga and like many Bulldog
supporters gave full credit to Des and accepted he was a genius, especially
when we made the GF in 2012.
Signing McQueen to a 3year / $1.2M deal is a step forward.
When they trialled at Gosford neither side held back and it was a good indication
that both teams were in for good seasons.
Manly won that trial and have a good record at the SSG but would need a repeat
of last weeks scintillating exhibition at Brookvale to outpoint Easts.
But, feet on the ground. The Bondi Wall is 'slightly different' to the Belmore Wall,
and with the added bonus of a proven and reliable goalkicker it is hard to tip
against an in form Easts.
Manly are a threat in 2017 but as other Roarers have intimated they do not have
the total player power to go top 4. I respectfully suggest a 5-8 position finish.
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