Thnaks didn't realise how many development players there were, I should have read the sticked thread!
With Talakai now confirmed that is him plus Josh Carr, Jackson Ferris, Kyle Patterson, Daniel Vasquez and Jack A. Williams on Dev contracts.
We are by no means required to promote any of them over signing someone different. It's possible if Morris left we sign someone who was on a train and trial at another club but didn't get a contract, or try poach someone off a development contract elsewhere, or just someone else from NSW/QLD Cup or U20s that had a good year last year but isn't NRL contracted. But it is probably likely, especially if Morris left inside the first 5 weeks of the season that one of our development players would get the call up.
1) they have previously impressed enough we wanted to start paying them to keep them around
2) they are already training with the team full time
3) it's cheaper... we are already paying them potentially up to 75k so we just top it up a little and shift it into the cap
The longer the season goes on the more likely we would give the spots (Morris replacement and 30th squad spot) to other people.
ie if Wes Lolo was killing it for Jets and we felt we needed a prop he might jump anyone on the development list for a spot in the top 30.