Alfred Walker (16)
LOL! I have to say as an outsider looking in at our west side clubs, I have had many questions around the environments/levels of coaching. I couldn't see Mick Heenan or Carl Marshall being overly happy with their potentially future 1st grade players development this year?
I don’t know them but I doubt they would care too much. UQ Prems obviously have a commitment to Mac Grealy and Kalani Thomas (and fair enough) and to a lesser extent (seemingly) Lukas Ripley in the backs. They have given little spot cameos to a few other Colts backs and I don’t reckon any of these guys will be back. Tom Lynagh is probably here next season and will no doubt be of interest but outside of that it’s hard to see anyone they would see as a 5 to 6 season (minimum)staple in their back line.
In the forwards ….they are already stacked through the back row with Morrey and Wallis and Will Roche (still Colts eligible this season) and of course ASY when not on Reds duty. There probably wasn’t a lot of commanding / must have development in Colts back row this year ……probably the most significant interest was the emergence of where did they come from types in Will Bradley and Jonathan Burnett , even James Caton who had some big games and captured attention in 3’s then 2’s
You then also have the Van Der Schyff brothers who hopefully will be a big part of a mainstay and add a lot of quality and depth to lock and 6/8 stocks. Probably one of the biggest stories of the season in the forwards was Will Robinson who has a lot of upside and promise as a developing lock / 6 man.
Hay and Swane are still raw upfront and will benefit from another year in Colts and then Lachie Pheely and Jake Tierney have already had spot opportunities upstream and will add further depth upfront.
So I don’t think there has been any loss or OMG at UQ which is why they were likely resigned to letting it play out with the notion it doesn’t affect them now or down the road upstream.
Insofar as the Wests Rebels are concerned …..they are buffeted by such things in being a farm placement destination for the Melbourne Bulldogs. I am not sure it would bother anyone upstream if there was some pooch screw down stream