What a turnaround.
I thought SK
being fired would have been the straw that broke the camels back in terms of team morale.
4 players leaving for home, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
a shell of himself due to the strains of being away from his young family.
Todd Payton publicly turning down the coaching role, media reports left and right which seemed the new Warriors brass didn't know wtf they were doing.
Then - we sign Nathan Brown
/Gus Gould combo. Gus talking about a development pathway simular to what he set up in Penrith (and is now paying dividends).
Brown rolling out the red carpet in terms of recruitment.
Enter Kane Evans
and Euan Atkin signings, while being linked to other decent prospects. Gonna have a mean forward pack next season.
Then releasing Green to allow Chanel Harris-Tavita
time to develop and Kodi time to shine.
Now we have a team battling every week - beat 2 top 8 contenders and nearly upsetting 2 title favorites in a space of a month.
Team is playing with mana - heart, pride and effort. Not giving up.
A coach who doesn't care about speaking in riddles - just tells it how it is - the transparecy has been refreshing.
Seems like the light he fired under the players during the week paid off last night.
Win or lose - I love watching the lads play as they did last night. Chips stacked against us yet we were right in that game through sheer belief and determination.
I hope Brownie can carry this on to next season - I believe he can, be great if Todd Payton still wants to see out his final year of his contract next season as assistant.
Imagine if he did so and had a change of heart and decides to stay on board the Warriors and take over the reigns after Brownies contract ends? As the initial plan seemed to be before Todd turned it down?
I'm just surprised that in a space of a month we changed from the butt of all jokes, to a real promising club on the rise. A few more signings (halves cover etc) and we will be top 8 contenders TBC.
The brass have been criticised throughout this fiasco - but Crazy Robbo might be on to something here...