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The Rock-itt : July 2010
What started off as a season of great promise for our Sea Eagles is showing signs of degeneration as we struggle to hold our heads above water. Whether it has been the off field dramas which have contributed to our slow gradual demise or the continual interference by injuries and rep. selection, is hard to pinpoint but at this point in time our Beaches boys are balancing on the edge of a precipice poised to tip over and fall into an abyss so deep that all the King's horses and all the King's men will have no chance of putting our Sea Eagles back together again. It is time to make up our mind; do we want to win this competition or not? Unfortunately, as the statistics and lack of form show where we stand now, we have Buckley's of being there come October to do battle for the spoils which are on offer from the NRL. With the impending loss of Josh Perry and Trent Hodkinson and possibly Steve Matai next season, I feel it has struck a moral blow to the way the team are thinking. At the root of this is the salary cap which allows teams a certain amount of cash to spend on retaining players, obviously the trio has been taken out of retention by our club. With Hodkinson leaving, our halves combination has been dealt a cruel blow as it seemed as though the problem we have faced for repeated seasons had finally been fixed but with the departure of the talented half back we have taken a step backward and players and coach must be absolutely frustrated. The loss of Perry Hodkinson and Steve Matai is about next season not now and now is what we should be looking at, let's leave next season's problem till then and get on with the present. We all know that we have lost an enormous amount of players over a short period of time and it seemed at one time it wasn't having a dramatic effect. But surely there comes a time when it does have an effect on the performance of the side and I believe that time is now. The Sea