Isaac, my thoughts on the situation are simple. Unnecessarily locking up Doyle for three years (a head scratching decision at the time) has cost us the opportunity to sign a better player in his position. It also means if we were to sign a third import in addition to Creek, we would be sacrificing Teys in the process and keeping Doyle. IMO, Teys > Doyle - particularly in an 11th man role.
Without a third import, Teys should be our 11th man for the upcoming season. He provides leadership, can defend multiple positions and is a team first player. Whilst I understand the criticism of his game, Teys is a more than serviceable to be our last contracted player. This will be especially valuable if Creek and Childress do not return as they were our best leaders last year. Regardless of how trivial some may consider the 11th spot, if we can use it to keep a better player and leader in the squad we should be doing it.
To me, our biggest flaw last season was back end depth. After Childress' injury, the last three players suiting up in the finals series were Teys, Doyle and Larkins. I would personally take Adnam over all three of these options and he would be a perfect fit alongside someone like Moore or Sobey in spot minutes. I don't believe this is the reason we lost the championship but I do believe we would improve with this signing.
Right now I'm looking at a team who was so close to winning a championship possibly losing two of their best three players (and leaders) and being hamstrung to improve their depth based on poor decisions in the past. We should be leaving no stone unturned in looking for ways to improve, however marginal.
Because we signed Doyle to a three year deal (in a situation where he had already injured his ACL and no other teams were competing for his signature), we have limited our team building options for this year and in the process lost an opportunity to get someone like Adnam. When compared to Doyle, he is putting up better numbers in a much tougher competition this offseason. IMO, he is easily the better option.
If contracts were managed properly, we could sign Adnam, retain Teys and not renew Doyle. Two backup sub six foot PGs is one too many and we have missed out on the more talented option.
I would have preferred a team like this:
Moore / Adnam
Sobey / McVeigh
Import or Creek / Drmic / Teys
Import (hopefully Childress) / Froling
DJ / Deng
If Creek returns and we can afford three imports, do not sign Teys, reinstall Creek as captain and sign a budget SEABL import more ready to contribute than Doyle.