Well known fact: every clubs has gaps. (not as well known: this is a short post. How lucky are you?)
Even if you have a great team, there’s ALWAYS something that can be improved upon. If you’re starting from scratch, you want to have your talent even distributed around the field. You don’t want to have a great midfield at the expense of your back line. You don’t want a great ruck men and no good kicks up front. Keep it even, folks, keep it even (in this case, the best defence is NOT a good offense).
A good starting point? Three great mid-fielders, 2 great forwards, 2 great defenders and 1 fabulous ruckmen.
You were promised a long post, were you not? Serves you right for having such a short one last time. Full disclosure: this post isn’t that long.
As every club has a salary cap and money is limited (when is money NOT limited?) knowing where you’re spending your money and figuring out how to get more is always important.
Take a look, first, at your current list and their salaries (and while you’re at it, can you make these salaries public because I’m sick of not knowing). Get your rankings and priorities from the previous step and compare them. Who are you paying the most? Does it make sense?
You may think that your best players should be getting the most money. While this thought pattern is logical… it’s wrong.
Short post alert! Aren’t you lucky? I know that these have been brutal. But hey – that’s why not everyone has a premiership club!
After a club ranks/scores their players, they need to prioritise. In general, the ones should trump twos, threes should trump fives, 4As should trump 4Bs. But there is a grey area: your next premiership. Know that you know what life cycle stage your club is at, you’ll easily be able to tell how long it might be until you’re in a position to win a grand final.
Take a look at your list a figure out who is going to be around for your next grand final. There are a few ways to decide if they’ll be around: age, injuries and contract length.
The first step in creating our premiership team. How excited are you?
So. Identifying where your club is in its life-cycle. Let’s go.