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May in; Slater out!

Post by Noggs » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:26 pm

Looks like the shed will be cheering Ed Slater this season and in return we will have the pleasure of watching Jonny May!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40804483

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by HantsTiger » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:58 pm

Yup, gives us some much needed pace at the cost of a great player but one whose successor (Barrow) is now in place. Believe me I'd love to retain Ed but if it's the only way to clear some salary cap then so be it.

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by Noddy555 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:53 pm

If this does come to fruition that is good for Leicester's back line I'm only sorry it's Slates who is moving the other way although we do have strength in Depth in the locks. Slates has given us excellent service and I'm sure most fans will join me in wishing him well in his future career.

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by mol2 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:46 am

A positive signing.
May has real pace which is something we've lacked in recent times.

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by Soggypitch » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:17 pm

A brilliant signing, we've lacked raw pace for a long time and May's game has been transformed since EJ took over at England.

Very sad to be losing ES, a true Tiger and one who will leave with all our best wishes. That's professional sport.
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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by TigerCam » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:11 pm

May and Ford will give the Tigers another edge
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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by PaleoTiger » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:10 pm

TigerCam wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:11 pm
May and Ford will give the Tigers another edge
+1

Always been a huge Slater fan, one of the highlights of my first year was Slaters paced try v Sale 2012. He is simply our best destructive forward at mauling and disruptive defending. Ed has been V unlucky with injury for me, if he had been fit I think he would have been the George Kruis lock in that Eng team. In an alternate world he could be England captain, he has been blighted that when it was HIS TIME, he was injured and then injured again. He was a fabulous Tigers Captain and I personally would follow him into war, love the guy.

All that said, for the bigger picture, this is the right decision. Barrow is the now, Barrow is now the potential captain in the previous paragraph and unfortunately ES is perhaps one knee injury or playing on a plastic pitch away from another serious injury.

When I used to look at the Glaws team sheet, I'd think "Oh :censored:, May & Sharples are playing", I don't think that Tigers had anyone other than TV, YBY or FB last year that might have made other teams think twice. JM does that for me. He is a world class winger, a finisher and at the level that we need to be recruiting or putting on the field. Whilst this is not an easy call, with a heavy heart this is the correct bigger picture decision in this swap.

We were 2 mins away from winning a semi final with a severely weakened back line, if we can keep this back line fit, especially centres being fed by GF's playing brain, that will ask Sarries, Wasps and Exeter some tough questions. I think this is looking like a top 2 team and WR becoming a fortress again. I hope we see this potential come to reality. I love MOC's revolution, I think it was needed and can't wait for this season.

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by JP14 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:02 am

PaleoTiger wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:10 pm
TigerCam wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:11 pm
May and Ford will give the Tigers another edge
+1

When I used to look at the Glaws team sheet, I'd think "Oh :censored:, May & Sharples are playing", I don't think that Tigers had anyone other than TV, YBY or FB last year that might have made other teams think twice. JM does that for me. He is a world class winger, a finisher and at the level that we need to be recruiting or putting on the field. Whilst this is not an easy call, with a heavy heart this is the correct bigger picture decision in this swap.

We were 2 mins away from winning a semi final with a severely weakened back line, if we can keep this back line fit, especially centres being fed by GF's playing brain, that will ask Sarries, Wasps and Exeter some tough questions. I think this is looking like a top 2 team and WR becoming a fortress again. I hope we see this potential come to reality. I love MOC's revolution, I think it was needed and can't wait for this season.
Absolutely agree with u and fingers cross I hope for a return to the Top 2 as well. I also hope that we give academy lads a chance too. I hope Barrow will get international recognition this season and Williams his first cap too.
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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by BFG » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:11 am

No doubt May is a very good signing.
Letting Slater go is a calculated gamble, he could be a very good signing for Gloucester or not, same with them all, if he stays fit then he will be a great signing for them and it'll be what might've been for us.
I'd still like to see a world class lock brought in even before this deal, can't see us toppling Sarries up front over 80 minutes come next May, not even close.

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by Chobbsy » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:13 pm

Why is every website reporting this apart from us?
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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by kpj tiger » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:30 pm

Chobbsy wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:13 pm
Why is every website reporting this apart from us?
There's a multitude of reasons why it might be like that, maybe nothing has been signed yet? Maybe they are waiting for another signature from another player so they can do another day of signings? Maybe one of the players has asked for the announcement to be delayed? (Pretty sure I read Jonny May is on his honeymoon atm)

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by dunks43 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:00 pm

Chobbsy wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:13 pm
Why is every website reporting this apart from us?
Tigers and Gloucester havnt announced it , maybe because the contracts havnt been signed yet

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by sam16111986 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:08 pm

dunks43 wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:00 pm
Chobbsy wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:13 pm
Why is every website reporting this apart from us?
Tigers and Gloucester havnt announced it , maybe because the contracts havnt been signed yet
The medicals may have not been concluded either. I suspect Gloucester will want specialists to look at Slater's knees before completing the deal. The agents, lawyers et al will all need their cuts following the increasingly complex contract negotiations as well.

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by doublecarpet » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:08 pm

May's been on/is on honeymoon so I imagine that's held it up.

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Re: May in; Slater out!

Post by strawclearer » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:11 pm

doublecarpet wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:08 pm
May's been on/is on honeymoon so I imagine that's held it up.
What's been held up on his honeymoon?

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