Well with the contracts being awarded soon I think the time is right to take a look at who might get one, who'll lose theirs to a newbie and what not.
First of all; the possible losers. Nobody is really safe with their contracts so I'll list people who might (notice I said MIGHT) lose out:
Ashley Noffke - I'm sure of it; he's gone.
Nathan Hauritz - Might be saved by some promising late season performances.
Brad Hogg - See Hauritz. Can't see him playing an awful lot though.
Andy Bichel - Dropped at the wrong time?
Jimmy Maher - Barely played. Is he wanted any longer?
Steve Waugh - No might about it :P
Martin Love - Recently, he's done what? Someone remind me.
Nathan Bracken - Might stay, might go. You could argue either way.
Effectively, that opens 3 specialist batsmen's spots. Although, seeing as Hogg and Bichel are both known for a bit of batting, who knows (and I know Noffke and Hauritz are no bunnies).
Well, I'm gonna lay this one straight on the table and say Marcus North is a dark horse for a contract. I think his timing couldn't be better to notch up some great performances. In complete contrast to Martin Love, who seems to have fallen out of favour and the longer that happens, the harder it is for him to springboard off a string of superlative performances. As in, he'll have been out too long and without any barrier breaking scores.
With the bowlers, there's just too many names that get thrown around without an awful lot of conviction. Tait, Rofe, Wright, whoever you can think of, but I'm sure if Tait or Rofe don't get given a contract then the other bowlers will hang on. Kasprowicz back in?
As I said, hard to predict who will come in and who will go with the contracts exactly, but it should be interesting, so I am waiting expectantly.