It’s crazy to think that we have maxed out our cap. Even taking lodges $500k into account (panthers were paying stains $600k to pay Reggie’s this year) Look at our roster compared to the top teams. You’d think their cap was double ours. We don’t even have a $1m player
Hard out. I do think there was a bit of a 'perfect storm' for the Panthers, essentially having around 10 really top rookies coming through at the same time.
Clearly, Luai, Kikau, Burton, Crichton, Martin, Edwards, To'o, Tago, May, even JFH all coming through in a 2-4 year period. All rep quality. It's fairly unheard of right? I think we'll see them come back to the pack a little this year, and probably next year too with a few more than likely going for big money elsewhere
Edit: Do we have our own little storm brewing? While not in the same mould, we have a few good rookies coming through in Volkman, Metcalf, Vailea, Ale, Berry, Curran, the Kepu twins that could really drive our squad in the next 2-5 years. Throw in Addin Fonua-Blake and a few old heads in Te Maire Martin, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Egan and we could have a pretty exciting next few years