NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club


By Happywifehappylife
June 25 2018

Northampton Saints can today announce that Tom Kessell will leave the Club

Taken from t'offy

In the three seasons the scrum-half has spent in Northampton, Kessell racked up 22 appearances in Black, Green and Gold after making his Saints debut against Glasgow Warriors back in 2016.

The Cornish Pirates product, who first joined the West Country side as a youngster in 1995, excelled in the Championship and earned representative honours in 2010 when he toured Canada with England Counties before his performances in the 2014/15 season leading to The Rugby Paper naming him the best scrum-half in the Championship.

The scrum-half also helped the Wanderers list the Premiership Rugby A League trophy on two occasions; beating both Gloucester United and Exeter Braves in consecutive years.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to pull on the famous Black, Green and Gold jersey in my three seasons at Saints, but the time has come for me to move on. “Being able to play with this group of guys and make the memories I have has been incredible. I will always look back on my time here fondly and I wish everyone at Saints all the best of the future.”

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NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 13:35

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Another man done gone
Posted by: JRM (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 11:47


Re: Another man done gone
Posted by: Brackleysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 12:12

Seems strange timing?

Re: Another man done gone
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 13:14

Perhaps we wont notice... dazzled with joy at the Captains Club offer

Re: Another man done gone
Posted by: Happywifehappylife (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 13:39

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Thanks for putting this up JRM - hope you don't mind but I've hijacked it as a 'News' thread which meets our publishing deadlines. Cheers

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Longers (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 13:52

Am I being typically blind or is there no mention of where he is bound?

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Wasp1978 (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 14:54

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Longers
Am I being typically blind or is there no mention of where he is bound?
Clubs don't state where players are going, it's not their announcement to make

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 15:14

Thanks Tom.

Its tough being a reserve player. Your always waiting for a bit of bad luck to those above you to take your chance.

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Kimbo (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 15:58

Confirmed to Cov, as we were all anticipating/hoping following his short loan period with us last season.

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Lamont4Saints (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 16:58

[www.coventrytelegraph.net]

Another press piece with some info in. Definelty thought he was a good player but just not got the top 10% for first team rugby week in week out.

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 17:02

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Lamont4Saints
https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/sport/rugby/tom-kessell-northampton-saints-coventry-14826842
Another press piece with some info in. Definelty thought he was a good player but just not got the top 10% for first team rugby week in week out.

Agreed.
Thank you Tom and good luck in the future.

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: LaurieK (IP Logged)
Date: 25/06/2018 18:12

Lovely bloke and never let us down. But in Mr Boyd's language, too much a C when we needed a B.

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Longers (IP Logged)
Date: 26/06/2018 12:23

Quote:
Wasp1978
Quote:
Longers
Am I being typically blind or is there no mention of where he is bound?
Clubs don't state where players are going, it's not their announcement to make

As noted later on - there are other sources.

Thanks Kimbo; Lamont

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Walks11 (IP Logged)
Date: 27/06/2018 09:29

I doi find the timing a bit odd. most if not all of the other leavers were either before or soon after the end of the season. would this mean that they kept Tom hanging on pending the signing of the lad from the Dragons? I always thought he looked ok without being a standout at this level, a solid replacement. good luck to him, sounds like he had a good loan spell at Cov last season so should go well in the Championship

Re: NEWS: Tom Kessell to leave the club
Posted by: Saintly Pursuit (IP Logged)
Date: 27/06/2018 10:57

It could be that he was offered a new contract but kept his options open. Saints couldn't really keep him hanging on as, without a contract he is free to sign elsewhere.

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