To my way of thinking the Warriors need Kieran Foran.
No one else in the world is a proven sure thing to partner Johnson
I realise that ain't gonna happen coz we tried before looking at anyone else like Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
, so Jim knows it.
Every other option in this thread is a future gamble or a make do suggestion.
Those are the cold hard facts
There are other suitable names like Cronk, Thurston, maybe Reynolds, even Hunt who would be what the Warriors actually need.
Not since Henry Paul have we seen a suitable partner for a Warriors half and that was only seen at international level akin to what we see with Johnson
The reason we need that type of stand off.....more than any other team in the NRL is that organising and distribution has been the curse of the Warriors.
When we had Jones, he played a lone hand, he was a sitting duck for opposition coaches to build strategy against.
When Stacey was king, his partner was make shift, utility at best, and therefore could not take the pressure off the little general in an organising/decision making sense.....that player did not have a boot to pressure the opposition and starve them of territory.
The closest Johnson
has come to that type of partner was the Pom. The Pom must have had a clause in his contract keeping him out of the front line, otherwise we would have seen him with his deft kicks, superior passing, and organisation of structured play.....giving Johnson
the best offsider he could have hoped for.....Tomkin's could read a play....he was a five eight the Warriors never used.
We have some young prospects in Tui and Ata.
But....if we want to try something we have never achieved.....we might try two world class halves who compliment each other before trying to find patch up solutions to get the best out of Johnson
.....in the same way we tried patch ups to get the most put of Jones.
needs a friend.
Fuck Wingers and Fullbacks....we make silky locals or power runners in those positions by the dozen.
Get some one as good as Johnson
in the halves. Find two defensive centers who pass, and use the plethora of Tuis and Fusituas to finish well constructed back line movements on the edges.
Throw the last of the Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
, Manu, Hurrell, Matulino, Lillyman coin on beast prop pairing, that five eight, and a class left center.