They have been talking on NRL360 how Hasler should of rebuilt the Bulldogs after 2012 but they tried to squeeze another few years/premiership window out of the aging side.What I will never understand, is after a successful 2018 campaign (ignoring our W1 knockout), why management were hell bent on tearing that team apart.
Rather than keeping with the good vibes, and running it back another year, they let a number of key individuals leave. The treatment of Isaac Luke was equally puzzling, after he played his arse off during the season….CG really got ahead of himself that year..
Maybe our club was thinking the same thing. I know it doesn't make sense but it is the Warriors. After struggling to make the finals for the previous 6 seasons I wouldn't be surprised if they thought they had turned the corner and they could either get him to sign on for less or use him money to recruit a few guys to round off the squad.
I reckon it would of been Brian Smith and Peter O'Sullivan. They would of felt they were not getting a return on the investment and felt they could get him for less money and sign someone else or if he left get a few more players to round out the squad.Wasn’t it more Brian Smith that was responsible for that mess? CG was just the doofus talking to the media…
O'Sullivan as the Recruitment Manager would of wanted the cap space to rejig the squad and his contract would of freed up a lot of space. As we saw his initial signings were all fringe guys until space came available.
They also underestimated the difficulties getting guys to move to New Zealand. Especially guys still under contract.