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Croft Retires

Post by kpj tiger » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:40 pm

A club legend retires, thanks for all the memories Crofty!

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Re: Croft Retires

Post by ads » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:42 pm

:censored:! Thanks Tom, you've been great.

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Re: Croft Retires

Post by Roly » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:44 pm

Can anyone actually remember the last time he even played professional rugby?
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Re: Croft Retires

Post by Soggypitch » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:49 pm

A fully fit and in form Crofty was a sight to behold. He will rightly be remembered as a great player for Tigers and England.

But as Roly says I can't remember the last time he played regular rugby for Tigers, so although in one way he will be missed, in another he won't at all....

Will this free some salary cap? Maybe it's been spent on the Aussie hooker? Would still like to see another quality centre.
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Re: Croft Retires

Post by iceman_19 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:49 pm

Roly wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:44 pm
Can anyone actually remember the last time he even played professional rugby?


Anyway, on point, thanks to Crofty for some awesome memories in a Tigers, England and Lions shirts. That try v Quins in the semi-final remains one of my favourite ever, then there was his gallop round Rougerie against France in 2012 and his perfomance in the first test against SA in 2009. A Tigers icon, and I suspect he will still have a big future in the game one way or another.
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Re: Croft Retires

Post by strawclearer » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:54 pm

Soggypitch wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:49 pm
A fully fit and in form Crofty was a sight to behold. He will rightly be remembered as a great player for Tigers and England.

But as Roly says I can't remember the last time he played regular rugby for Tigers, so although in one way he will be missed, in another he won't at all....

Will this free some salary cap? Maybe it's been spent on the Aussie hooker? Would still like to see another quality centre.
I guess this explains the interest expressed by MOC in Steve Mafi. Direct replacement, one assumes.
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Re: Croft Retires

Post by ourla » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:03 pm

It's such as shame for Croft and indeed for Tigers. I'm glad we stood by him though and gave him every opportunity to get fit again. Here's to a another life for a great Tiger.
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Re: Croft Retires

Post by Mark62 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:07 pm

A great servant to the club who will be remembered fondly, but has played no great part for the past couple of seasons. Life moves on maybe a chain of 96 coffee shops.

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Re: Croft Retires

Post by Grimlish » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:11 pm

That try scored carrying the ball from halfway while out in the centres, those majestic leaps, that nous, the commitment, and of course a nice guy too. Sure it’s been obvious he’s on the way out for some while but when you have those qualities available you give them every chance. I wondered about a role as a coach but there’s no mention of that, not even of the line-out, which ain’t fixed yet.

Good luck Tom and family, hope to see you around the place for some while to come.

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Re: Croft Retires

Post by JerryGas » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:11 pm

You-tube the try against Quins in the play off semi a few seasons back. Absolutely blistering pace and incredible finish. In his pomp an absolute pleasure to watch.
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Re: Croft Retires

Post by Roly » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:12 pm

Soggypitch wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:49 pm
A fully fit and in form Crofty was a sight to behold. He will rightly be remembered as a great player for Tigers and England.

But as Roly says I can't remember the last time he played regular rugby for Tigers, so although in one way he will be missed, in another he won't at all....

Will this free some salary cap? Maybe it's been spent on the Aussie hooker? Would still like to see another quality centre.
I suppose if nothing else, it'll see an end to people selecting him in their team to play (whoever) 'if he's fit'....
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Re: Croft Retires

Post by Mark62 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:13 pm

Grimlish wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:11 pm
That try scored carrying the ball from halfway while out in the centres, those majestic leaps, that nous, the commitment, and of course a nice guy too. Sure it’s been obvious he’s on the way out for some while but when you have those qualities available you give them every chance. I wondered about a role as a coach but there’s no mention of that, not even of the line-out, which ain’t fixed yet.

Good luck Tom and family, hope to see you around the place for some while to come.
Re coaching the old adage that the best players don’t make the best coaches, look at Neil Back for instance. You can’t coach the X factor these players have

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Re: Croft Retires

Post by Roly » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:19 pm

Rated Croft highly in his day, but that's just it isn't it, 'in his day' - he hasn't been playing seriously for several seasons, so 'what might have been' is actually more appropriate than 'what he did', which actually, wasn't for that long relatively speaking.

Were Tigers right to stick by him? Probably, but it must have reached the point where, from a club's financial point of view, his retirement came as a relief.
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Re: Croft Retires

Post by RagingBull » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:34 pm

A tigers legend.

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Re: Croft Retires

Post by Roly » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:41 pm

Good luck to him and all, but how is this guy a 'Tigers legend'?

He was a very good player for the club (and some might say should have featured more for England) when he was fit - but 'A legend'?

Really?
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