LEICESTER TIGERS 2019/20 SQUAD/TRANSFERS/CONTRACT THREAD PART 3

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Re: LEICESTER TIGERS 2019/20 SQUAD/TRANSFERS/CONTRACT THREAD PART 3

Post by TA30 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:03 pm

Brink should be the man slotting into 8. He's a big lump who likes to carry hard. He's played flanker at the Lions because Warren Whitely was at 8 and he's an outstanding player. I think I'm right in saying Brink moved to 8 last season whilst Whitely was injured and did well. I imagine we might keep Coghlan for another season and with our links to Notts be able to bring Boladau as and when we need too. As long as Notts can afford to keep him that is.

I don't think we'll necessarily go out and spend big on another backrow after confirming our three development backrow players have signed senior deals. Smith, Gough and Lavin are all likely to be in more action next season, they all played some Championship games last season.
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Agreed on all that Sam, I'm happy if brink is our 8, hanro-brink-taufua has a great all action feel to it. Just want to make sure there is competition for places and 8 feels light, notwithstanding I've not seen much of the development guys.

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Post by Scott1 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:22 pm

Gutted about Guy,we would be in the Championship it it wasnt for him and Ford.

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Post by Scott1 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:23 pm

We shouldnt forget Liebenberg can play 8 either,although hes a better 6.

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Post by RagingBull » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:51 pm

We do need another back rower but I don't feel like it has to be a certain position TBH.

Looking at the prem only back rowers coming out of contract still
Bath - Matt Garvey, Levi Douglas
Exeter - Matt Kvesic,
Gloucester - Ludlow (?)
Harlequins - Renaldo Bothma,
Irish - Cowan (?), Northcote-Green
Saints - Wood
Saracens - Rhoades, Clark
Wasps - Young, Carr, Johnson, Sheilds (?)
Worcester - Marco Mama

Kvesic and Young would be good replacements for Thompson.

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Post by JP14 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:57 pm

It was tongue in cheek 😂.
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Post by JP14 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:57 pm

Bothma wouldn’t be a bad pickup.
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Post by kpj tiger » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:17 pm

RagingBull wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:51 pm
We do need another back rower but I don't feel like it has to be a certain position TBH.

Looking at the prem only back rowers coming out of contract still
Bath - Matt Garvey, Levi Douglas
Exeter - Matt Kvesic,
Gloucester - Ludlow (?)
Harlequins - Renaldo Bothma,
Irish - Cowan (?), Northcote-Green
Saints - Wood
Saracens - Rhoades, Clark
Wasps - Young, Carr, Johnson, Sheilds (?)
Worcester - Marco Mama

Kvesic and Young would be good replacements for Thompson.
Marco Mama has always impressed me for Worcester, reminds me of Thompson in that he is a workhorse and seems to challenge at all the breakdowns

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Post by ABClub » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:26 pm

Out - Polota-Nau, Cortes, Spencer, Thompson, Kalamafoni (and OTYs significantly reduced salary)
In - Mamukashvili, Brink

I'd still be hoping for really strong starters being signed at lock and back row looking at those outgoings (some still rumours) salary cap wise.

Lock is the more specific signing given we need a starter and lineout leader. The versatility of Taufua, Liebenberg and Brink means the back row signing could be anywhere.

Alemanno is an excellent player but my one worry would be the quota of two foreign players on the pitch at once. That would mean we couldn't play Lavanini, Alemanno and Mamukashvili in the same starting XV unless one of the 3 holds dual nationality that circumvents those rules (i.e. James Horwill holding a UK passport). If they are our first choice locks and hooker that'd be a blow.

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Post by amazing tiger » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:48 pm

Sad to see guy leave like others have said he pretty much kept us up last season. He was a player who always played with his heart on his sleeve and played with passion which has sadly been lacking at times over the last two seasons

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Post by Scott1 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:50 pm

And the posts have started on other forums saying its disgraceful how weve treated him,didnt take long!

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Post by LE18 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:59 pm

I'm really sad that we are losing Guy Thomson, he was one of my favourites, its amazing that excellent players can be discarded because of their age.
I'm also sure that Adam Thompstone will not be with us next season, another who gave his all for us and I think the same age.

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Post by Mark62 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:28 pm

LE18 wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:59 pm
I'm really sad that we are losing Guy Thomson, he was one of my favourites, its amazing that excellent players can be discarded because of their age.
I'm also sure that Adam Thompstone will not be with us next season, another who gave his all for us and I think the same age.
I think it’s false to say it’s just because of his age, it’s his age plus his injury record. As RB posted he had only been in the side 3 times since early December.

Other forums need to note that the meeting took place before the season lock down occurred

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Post by CrumblingTerrace » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:40 pm

A shame. Guy is one of the few to have shown the kind of determination and leadership that we're in desperate need of.

There are a few others I'd release before I got to him.

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Post by LE18 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:46 pm

Mark62 wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:28 pm
LE18 wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:59 pm
I'm really sad that we are losing Guy Thomson, he was one of my favourites, its amazing that excellent players can be discarded because of their age.
I'm also sure that Adam Thompstone will not be with us next season, another who gave his all for us and I think the same age.
I think it’s false to say it’s just because of his age, it’s his age plus his injury record. As RB posted he had only been in the side 3 times since early December.

Other forums need to note that the meeting took place before the season lock down occurred
Mark I was careful not to say "Just because of his age", I carefully avoided mentioning his recent injuries which, because of his age, were probably the deciding factor, but i'm sure "age" is not a PC reason. Would you keep a excellent proven old un or speculate on a young un who might not make it? Very tough on Guy, I hope he finds somewhere.

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Post by Mark62 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:02 pm

But the point is that the 2 are linked whether you carefully avoided mentioning them or not.
Being clever with words doesn’t detract from the fact that if he was 33 and virtually injury free Tigers may well have been more inclined to extend his contract by a year, but he isn’t so they haven’t.
And yes if he was in his mid to late 20s and the prognosis on his neck injury was encouraging they would have been more inclined to renew

I agree it’s tough and I’m sure he will find somewhere

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