Completely agree. The team, especially since the majority are new to the club since we have been away, have had no connection to a home base. Not having a reserve grade team has also been completely overlooked by the morons on 360. We can’t send players back to reserves and tell the coaches what to do with them. In many cases we have been lucky if Redcliffe even give them a run.Like everyone else I'll rag on them after a loss as the most important thing is the result on any given weekend.
But we can't under estimate what these guys have gone through the last 2.5 seasons.
That idiot Rothfield has brought up a few times how the NRL has helped the club with facilities in Australia and help organise accommodation. It's still not their own homes and beds, or their own facilities or playing in front of their home fans and their home ground. They also were not able to walk down the road to see their friends or family as they have been stuck in another country.
This article on Egan is a good example. Played 50 games for us without representing the club at Mt Smart. Moved to NZ for the 2020 season and left for round 1 with minimal gear as it was supposed to be for one game. He's been in Australia since then. Had to get cancel his lease for his apartment and get a club official to pack his gear from his flat and put into storage. This is an Australian recruit who would be comfortable in Australia but all his belongings are in a storage unit in Auckland.
There are likely other stories where the club employees back in New Zealand have had to sort things out for players/management/staff stuck in Australia.
Wayde Egan left Auckland with his team-mates for their season opener in 2020 and hasn't been back until this week.www.stuff.co.nz