>>>'Possible' Leicester Moves
>>>Richie Robinson verbal agreement to Coventry
>>Confirmed - 2 year contract
>Another centre gone }:-o . At this rate Underwood will be in the
>centres next year.
Perhaps an indication that Leicester have been spending their pennies on
the forwards, leaving their backs open for higher offers from elsewhere.
The big advantage to signing Leicester backs is that they have all that
big match experience but none of the wear and tear of actually being
involved in the games :-)
>>>Niall Malone Coventry expect to sign
>>Last minute change of mind. Will sign a short term contract of about a
>>year. Coventry were offering about 40% more than Leicester.
>That is a pleasant surprise.
>>Jez Harris has gone to Coventry instead on a 2 year contract -
>>apparently never been offered a contract by Leicester.
>A bit tough on Jez. I wish him well.
Amazing that Leicester would have let both their top choice flyhalves
leave, they certainly must have been confident of landing Rob Liley or
somebody, perhaps they see the solution as...
>>Waisale Serevi (Fiji) has now appeared as a possibility. He played for
>>the World XV against Leicester in April.
>Now that would be something. Healey and Serevi as halfbacks. And who
>says Leicester aren't interested in a running game :-). On the other
>hand, maybe the management think Serevi would save so much time with
>penalties that the crowd will be entertained by even more first-rate
Then again from what I've seen, Serevi isn't a flyhalf, I'm not sure what
he is, but I would have to say that flyhalf wouldn't be my selection.
Of course with the Leicester pack and Healey you can pretty much guarantee
that a lot of the play will be in close, with the outside backs just there
to support the breaks and of course to tackle to opposition. It could have
been worse, if the rumours about Leicester trying to sign Will Carling
were true then absolutely no ball would have gone wide.
It seems to me like Leicester are trying to create a team purely based on
runners, since although Serevi is a fine playmaker in sevens he's not
anything like that good a distributor at 15-a-side. Maybe this is a case
of trying to get the best player with each individual contract.
Perhaps Leicester could lure Australian/Irish flyhalf Brian Smith back
from League (I'm guessing he's still playing League), since he's an
ex-Leicester player I think, and would solve their crisis nicely.
>>>The problem area of centre has not yet been resolved.
>It is disturbingly quiet. I'd be surprised if Overend and Delaney were
>the first choice centres next season. On the other hand it would be a
>courageous move worthy of praise to give such young players (U-21)
You would have thought talk of landing Bob Dwyer as a coach would be
enough to spark some interest from one or two of the promising young
players -- still I guess now it is less a question of what would be best
for a player's long term development, and more an issue of how much cash
is on the table now.
>>>Does anybody wan't to start similar threads for their team ?
>It would appear not Sean. Never mind, there will be a fair bit of
>activity before next August 31st.
Well let's face it until a lot of this is settled there can be endless
speculation. Players are seeking to set up bidding wars for their
services, while clubs are trying to maximise their publicity, and to
interest potential signers by seeming like they are in the market to buy
in a whole good team. Once again the team that features every week is
Harlequins, who for example despite having one of the most promising young
scrumhalves in Nick Walshe, plus an England 'A' player in Rob Kitchin have
been linked with Bracken and Robert Jones and somebody (can't remember
who) like Howley.
>>>Does anybody know about any other moves involving players to/from
>>>Leicester which are not listed above ?
>I read a few days back, also in the Leicester Mercury, that Bristol
>flanker Martin Corry and the youngster Paul Sampson were on Wheeler's
Sampson in particular sounds highly in demand, he's likely to get a very
good deal since there is interest from big clubs like Leicester and Bath,
obviously the rich clubs will be interested, and he's also had offers from
a few rugby league teams unsurprisingly.
>There does seem to be a shortage of top class centres
>looking for a move.
Interesting to see what this results in, either more imports or chances
for younger players... hmm I wonder.
>The management also remains up in the air following Russ's departure,
>but the likelihood is thing will be kept "in the family" with Ian
>Smith being appointed "director of rugby" (coach).
What was the story with Dwyer?
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