Agree with this but furthermore i think we really need to concentrate on bringing in the correct players rather than available players even if they are "star" players.Exiled Wiganer wrote: ↑Thu May 09, 2019 1:51 pmOur signings (and ability to develop our own) have been demonstrably good, as we have won plenty of Grand Finals in the last decade. Signing Bateman, say, was a stroke of genius. If we sign Clark as a replacement for either Hamlin or Tautai, we will have traded up. Smithies, Smith and Partington all look to be the sorts of talents we can sit back and enjoy for years to come, so once again our home grown production line is working well.
Going forward, though, we desperately need a massive signing this year. The last time we tried it, we ended up paying a fortune and 3 years for perhaps one season of decent performances from Tomkins, but I felt that was a risk worth taking at the time. It annoys me that the club will try to make a big thing of re-signing Budgie, given that we took him in when he was dropped by the NRL and got him fit again after his bad injury. Frankly, he should be saying how grateful he is to have stuck by him. His re-signing really means that, in that respect, we aren’t going backwards from our position as an unexciting team. Not going backwards is hardly going to drag in the non committed.
We have 2 marquee places and are not even using one of those this year (though maybe we can’t because of money spent on non marquee players?). If Williams is being paid a fortune, and we can replace him with Hastings, that feels like a slight trade up, but to my mind we need a lot more than that to enthuse us. Burgess is exactly the sort of name I would like to see. We need to be seen to be shopping at Harrods, not Lidl.
Full Back is sorted no need to add
From my point of view we are absolutely fine for wingers if budgie re-signs, even if you accept that Dom may never return to full fitness i think we have good cover.
We could do with another good centre, i would of gone for keinhorst personally but we need another solid centre, sarge isnt it and im not sure hankinson has proved he is either.
If williams is leaving we need a top quality half back, arguably we could do with 2 but 1 is a minimum
We need a new 9
Weve got good options at 2nd row, Farrell and Greenwood are both decent and we have good cover options
We need size in the pack
We need a new 13
Out of the above the priority for me would be a big prop, a top half and a very good hooker.
Wigan just dont seem very savvy in the transfer market though and i believe this is why we end up with our old players back a lot of the time because they are less of a risk (in theory) and it saves someone having to scout. There are countless examples of "lower" clubs pulling off massive coups while we sign championship players so something has to be wrong. I know when i mentioned Drinkwater people said Wigan spoke to him but he wanted too much, but he ended up at KR who arent exactly flush so i refuse to believe we couldnt make that work.
I dont think our position is helped by the insecurity around the head coach job either, it must be very hard to bargain with a player if they dont know who they will be working with down the line