Redhage - Time for a "Season-Ending 'Injury'"?
No, I'm not butt-hurt, and no I'm not pinning the blame for our recent losses on him.
Redhage has been my favourite Cat over the last decade. But its been clear for a couple of seasons that he was on the way out. I thought he might have retired after winning another ring, but obviously they wanted to get him to 350 games.
Maybe now he's trying to pass Crawford (371) but he looks out of touch.
With the extended bench and the $400k cap, I thought he would provide good experience and value this season. IMHO he showed his value during the finals last season, and I'd hoped he could do it again. But to achieve that, he needs to stay fit, motivated, in touch, and in form, and I just don't see that.
He is a Legend of the team, and he owes us nothing, but it must be hard to maintain your standards knowing your career is over, at best you're going to get a few minutes when everyone else is struggling, and that this will be your swansong.
I'd love to think he could be great insurance for us, in case Hire or Wagstaff get injured towards the finals, but again I just don't see him maintaining the standard.
So is it time for a "Season-Ending 'Injury'," that would allow us to bring in Walker?
The Cats have benefited from having a great local "core" for several seasons now, but age is starting to show.