Following our defeat in the Championship play-off final we now know that a number of players will be leaving the club this summer. However the club announced on May 26th that six players had re-signed for next season making our signed squad 21 players....
We have lost some very talented and influential players. Many of them will go on to have good careers in the Premiership and we wish them well. However J-Lo has to go on to next season and do what we failed to do this season, get promotion!
The squad, so far, is much stronger than I had anticipated a week or so ago. Today 6 players announced that they had signed on for next season. Key amongst them are Chris Elder, Tom Casson and Richard Beck.
Already we might have:
Fullbacks: Chris Elder, Stevie McColl
Wings: George Watkins
Centres: Tom Casson, Pete Lucock, Andy Forsyth, Max Wright,
10's , Callum Irvine
Scrum halves: Alex Davies, Max Green, ,
Props: James Thraves, Lee Imiolek, Charlie Beech,Marc Thomas, Mike Cusack.
Hookers: Mike Mayhew, Ross Graham, , Jordan Poole, Joe Buckle
Locks: Ben West, Mike Myerscough, Jack Whetton, Matt Smith, Dan Sanderson
Backrow: Richard Beck, Josh Bainbridge, Brandon Staples, Richard Mayhew, Ollie Stedman Lewis Wilson.
There are still a number of players who have not yet been announced as staying or leaving. Primary amongst them is Matt Smith who, it appears, has now re-signed. However the focus will be, as usual, on the fly half spot. We have two academy players, Sam Allen and Ben Smith, but the club shows Alex Davies as a "Universal back" which might indicate that he will play other positions than 9. Max Green is also down as a 10 and I can remember seeing him play 10 for the Academy some years ago. Fly halves do not come cheap so it will be interesting to see if we have the "bunce" to tempt a decent 10 to LS6.
Whatever happens we have retained some experienced pros. Next year's pack will look very familiar with a backrow of Beck, Stedman and Mayhew. Myersough, West or Whetton in the boilerhouse with a front row containing Beech , Mayhew and Imiolek will be a formidable pack.
There are still things to be sorted at 10 but we have retained our main centres plus we will have Elder and McColl in the back 3 .
This scenario will change as signings and departures are announced but I believe that we already have the makings of a competitive squad for next season
Squad for next year
Posted by: TykesRugby.co.uk (IP Logged)
Date: 27/05/2017 21:08
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Worth noting Guy Borrowdale, Dan Preston-Routledge and Sam Allan were all released at the end of the season. Centre Tom Bullough from the Academy has been retained so midfield and back 3 are solid. Lewis Wilson is also retained from the Academy in the back row. Some building work still to be done though.
Callum was very good a couple of years ago before losing his way somewhat. A change did him good and hopefully, if he has got his head right, then he could be a good signing. Minikin would not be a bad signing either, he knows how to dissect the uprights!
Rumour has it that the club is about to sign Emily Scarret and other members of the England ladies squad. A spokesperson is alleged to have commented that the signings are to show our boys how it's supposed to be done.
Bath clearly rate Jennings as he has just been added to their senior squad. He has been loaned out to several clubs in the past to get match experience. Two no. 10s before preseason? Hmm let us hope the rumour is true.
We have 26 players as it stands - clearly not enough for a creditable challenge In the league. Ok the rumours suggest more players coming in, but it is now well into pre-season. Other Clubs have announced their open days to meet the new squad and looking good. So where does this leave us - if some of the players, as said in the post above, have stayed with us because no one else wanted them then I am ok with that because some excellent talent. Please Yorkshire Carnegie or whatever we are going to be called - what is going on.
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