Given how pathetic our forwards are, I'd say he'd be 750k well spent. We have one of the weaker packs in the comp, and I don't see us going anywhere without significant changes in that department. I couldn't believe the awful stats our pack produced last year, especially the props. Lillyman looked like some sort of god running 100m a game in comparison to the rest. No time for Matagi, totally living off his story and the fact that he carried the ball back hard a few times in 2013. Absolute waste of space on 300+ or whatever it is he's on. Mateo and Bukuya too were just a waste of time, Rapira can't crack 70m a game and Matulino seems to be incapable of hitting anywhere near his former targets. Merrin has twice the workrate and twice the effectiveness of any of those guys, so I'd be happy for us to spend that sort of coin on him. Much better than having 2-3 passengers on 300k who do sweet fuck all. Just my opinion anyway.
And somehow our halfback copped shit for not leading the team around the park well enough and for not having a great kicking game...no half can do those things consistently behind a garbage pack like the one above.