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Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 12:55

Contact renewal announcement due at 14:00....

Would be more fun to guess if there was more than one player who we didnít know what was going on with!

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Saint Robert (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 12:57

Jamie Gibson I hope.

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 13:06

I do hope so. The guy is very good, and this season he has added a lot of running and offloading to his game.

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 13:25

Can't think of anyone's contract that's expiring that we haven't ready heard about.

Also hope that we see more signing announcements in the near future.... Just to further whet the appetite for next season.
If we're looking to South Africa, we better hurry up otherwise there might not be any left... All going to Gloucester and Sale!

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 13:40

Iím really not sure we will sign many other players

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Tidy (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 13:57

Gibson confirmed

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 13:57

Boydie has said more than once that recruitment for next season is basically done.

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Walks11 (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 13:58

Quote:
Wilson Pickett
Iím really not sure we will sign many other players

maybe, I do think there may be a bit of a shakedown post WC. if for example Dyl retires as I think he might that frees up money within the cap should we choose to use it. I would be surprised if we don't see a reasonably significant signing in the next 3-6 months one way or another

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Longers (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 13:58

So how long do we think "for the foreseeable future" actually means?

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 14:04

I'm thinking we still have a lot of salary cap still wrapped up in places where it perhaps isn't best spent, until a couple more contracts are up there just may not be the room for more

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 14:06

Apart from 8 and maybe prop, I canít see where we need more players?

Stocked everywhere...

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Neil-H (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 14:08

The business might already be done, but the announcement may be made after world cup?

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 14:14

True Neil but that will be for 2020/21

I definitely wouldnít want us spending good money on a player who is absolutely knackered after the World Cup

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Neil-H (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 14:16

Depends on what we are paying them?

3 year contract X per year, first year is 75% due to world cup?

Ways round it?

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: St.Sinner (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 14:25

With Wood & Gibson re signed. We wonít be getting a flanker thatís for sure. Just leaves potentially a number 8 to give Harrison some rotation and even move to flanker with a big 8 for certain game plans. Loose head.. maybe. But making Waller club captain and then him being behind Van Wyk & a new signing doesnít look likely to happen.

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 14:33

I really wouldn't expect a big name or first XV signing at this point, certainly not after June 1st.

If it's been done it would have been announced while we're at the peak time for season ticket renewals, the marketing dept are going all out at the minute to pull out a few more, it would make commercial sense to announce them as they are done, not announcing them does nobody any favours.

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Londonsaint (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 14:36

Ben Franks said on the saints show that he'll be switching to loosehead for next season. So at loosehead, will have B.Franks, Waller, Van Wyk, and then hopefully Trinder & Davis coming through.

At 8, we'll have Harrison, Eadie & Uru, with Wood (& probably Ludlam & Brussow) able to do a job there.

I think our squad feels complete.

That's not to say that we couldn't improve quality in some positions (loosehead, 2nd row, no.8, wing), but that feels like a project for next year as we see more salary cap free up, and players become available post World Cup. Not a statement on their quality, but age-wise could see B.Franks (35), Hartley (33), Wood (32), Brussow (32), Ratuniyarawa (32) all move on soon. And potentially Eadie too if he doesn't break through. So when that lot leaves, that's when I see us bringing in a world class loose head and no.8.

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Thrupp artist (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 14:59

Perhaps if Dylan decides to hang up his boots and with all International ambition achieved post WC Dan (who seems to love it here) could have a word with his old chum who seems undecided on his future. With him added to the pack I think we would become even more competitive in the big games.

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 17:26

We also signed Garside

Re: Announcement 14:00
Posted by: Nath-coys (IP Logged)
Date: 23 May, 2019 20:13

I think it is a dangerous thing too feel your squad is complete in Profeessional sport.
You always need to be looking at where too improve and move forward.
Newcastle being one example.
That doesnít mean you churn through players and money, but there should be a constant evaluation of the squad, academy players filtering through, and then where we need to bring players in.

For me I still feel we are missing some ballast in the back row.

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