I think they were astute buys, but you can't really say he went out and bought a team, he bought in Roy as his first Captain, Isaac was already there, Crocker was thrown a lifeline, Burgess was a relative unknown, Taylor and Inglis were marquee signings but not in the same season.
how many GFs have they won?
You may have come in a bit late, my original post was inregards to my thoughts that Sandow is over rated, it was then posted by bin fishin that it wasn't Sandows fault because he didn't have quality players around him, I listed those guys simply to back my point that Sandow did have quality around him at the Rabbits. Those guys were just the international players I could think of off the top of my head, it wasn't even counting Merrit, Champion, Pettybourne and the likes. As for Burgess being unknown he had played for England before he came to the NRL, so someone must have heard of him.
IMO Sandow was a massive loss for the bunnies, he definitely has some faults to his game but has had more expected of him than the rest of the team and incredibly he is only 23. The Bunnies had a terrible run with injuries over the last 2 seasons and most of the players you named are the ones that were injured, ridiculously nearly all at the same time and even with his faults he was one of their best players easily.
Still doesn't make him worth the money he is said to be earning at the Eels and if he is earning that much, by default he needs to be winning games for them or at the very least help make them competitive on a regular basis, something he didn't do at Souths and at the moment it looks like he's not doing it at Parra either.
Surprising, but still doesn't change my feelings of him, he's too big of a liability in my opinion.