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Re: Brookes
Posted by: DrHankPym(superhero)
Date: 13/06/2018 11:25
Well i hope he goes well for you if he does sign. He was not all that great at Saints but IMO that was because for the longest time we lacked bulk in the engine room. Brookes on form is a very good player, he needs to stay put for more than a contract though if he really wants to push on.

Post RWC he started brilliant for you guys and looked (IMO) like he was going to usurp Cole as England's main tighthead. Then he got injured and didn't return until 6Nations and only paid a bit part.

Eddie then effectively dumped him out of squad by sticking him with Saxons, before making it more permanent.

I've said before I think he's a good player, hopefully we can return him to his EPS form. Good competition for JCW and maybe our scrum won't go backwards (seemingly) every time Jake gets substituted.
Our Eddie has a well established track record of dumping Saints players. Brookes. Hill. Wood. Burrell. Harrison and then forgets that they even exist.
I don't think Kieran will go backwards. His normal movement is straight down in a belly flop and never ever seems to learn. Ball in hand he can be very good but such events were rare but then that could be said about most of the Saints last year. If you can keep him fit and I don't mean injury free and motivated then he could take over from Dan Cole BUT he is becoming the Paul Doran Jones of the front row in that he seems to move on whenever his contract is up. His call or the clubs call? If tight heads are as highly paid as many speculate then clubs are entitled to expect value for money so good luck there. A friend of mine in Northampton is a restauranteur and was gutted when the news that Kieran was leaving as he was one of his best customers apparently.

I'm not sure he's as 'bad' as PDJ, geez I was supposed we signed him (but that's another story). He was pretty consistent at Newcastle the second time he was there, but he did leave them again for another title chasing side. At least he played quite a few times for Saints, which he barely did for Leicester.

Hopefully Dai can sort out his consistency and we'll have a motivated player on our hands.

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