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    Baxter and Royce have got quite high up squad numbers. The 25 being left open is quite conspicuous though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Yellow Giraffe View Post
    They wouldn't do that if they weren't going to sign someone.
    Not necessarily.

    Helps paint a picture of actively seeking to recruit whether they are or are not.
    Saints might be , but the free squad number doesn't prove that.

    It's a holding position rather then something is imminent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerry Mander View Post
    Not necessarily.

    Helps paint a picture of actively seeking to recruit whether they are or are not.
    Saints might be , but the free squad number doesn't prove that.

    It's a holding position rather then something is imminent.
    I don't agree. They would make themselves look so stupid if it was to be kept empty all season now. I think they know they're bringing someone in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wee Waa Womble View Post


    Baxter and Royce have got quite high up squad numbers. The 25 being left open is quite conspicuous though.
    Reserved for Regan Grace.

    As for left wing, can see Hurrell playing there as a power winger in some games especially if we have no injuries but want to rotate in the backs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STIDDY View Post
    Reserved for Regan Grace.
    You are not the first person to float that idea.

    By the time he is fit , the RU season will be over or coming to an end.
    He has a 1 year deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Yellow Giraffe View Post
    I don't agree. They would make themselves look so stupid if it was to be kept empty all season now. I think they know they're bringing someone in.
    Agree someone will come in eventually , but making a placeholder now does not indicate that is is imminent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerry Mander View Post
    Agree someone will come in eventually , but making a placeholder now does not indicate that is is imminent.
    No not necessarily imminent, I didn't claim otherwise. But I really can't see them leaving that shirt blank if they weren't going to sign someone before the season kicks off personally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STIDDY View Post
    Reserved for Regan Grace.

    As for left wing, can see Hurrell playing there as a power winger in some games especially if we have no injuries but want to rotate in the backs.
    Konrad will be playing centre all season, why wouldn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wee Waa Womble View Post
    Spine cover depends on whether someone like Moss or Archer could step up more this year. If not then itll be Welsby covering 6/7 with Hopoate/Bennison covering 1.
    Yeah my only concern is if we lost someone in the spine we're then moving a few pieces around without a replacement ready made to just slot in. Like you say though, if Moss or Archer can fill that role then great.

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    I think a winger or spine cover would be useful either way.

    If we signed a winger, you can move Bennison or Hopoate to 1 and Welsby in the halves if one of the halves went down for example. If we signed spine cover you could use Bennison / Hopoate on the wing rather than moving them to full back to cover any hole left in the halves.

    It's good that we're keeping the spot open. We'll see what comes up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    Konrad will be playing centre all season, why wouldn't he?
    Hopoate and Percival have the first choice centre shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STIDDY View Post
    Hopoate and Percival have the first choice centre shirts.
    So? How many times was Hopoate picked over Konrad this season? I don't see that changing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magic superbeetle View Post
    Makinson Hurrell Percival Bennison
    Sambou Hopoate Davies Gilford/Lane

    Are we?
    Along with Welsby for a number 1 slot with a fit Dodd and Lomax freeing him up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    but we're deliberately making our team not as strong as it could be. Does that really seem sensible?
    You really do talk some absolute bobbins.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FearTheVee View Post
    You really do talk some absolute bobbins.


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    Why is that bobbins? If it becomes a policy to have a player and more cap space available for rainy days, that does mean your in house squad isn't as strong as it could be. What is wrong with saying that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    So? How many times was Hopoate picked over Konrad this season? I don't see that changing.
    What you need to understand is that "when" Hopoate has played he has shown more skill with a sound defence better than Hurrell, good decision to sign Hurrell but an injury free Hopoate will always be first choice. If we get Dodd, Percival and Hopoate back for most of next season its like effectively signing 3 new players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STIDDY View Post
    What you need to understand is that "when" Hopoate has played he has shown more skill with a sound defence better than Hurrell, good decision to sign Hurrell but an injury free Hopoate will always be first choice. If we get Dodd, Percival and Hopoate back for most of next season its like effectively signing 3 new players.
    Possibly, but there were a few chances for Woolf to drop Hurrell for Hopoate last season and he didn't. It's Konrad's position to lose I feel, but I guess if Will gets in and out performs him we're onto a winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STIDDY View Post
    What you need to understand is that "when" Hopoate has played he has shown more skill with a sound defence better than Hurrell, good decision to sign Hurrell but an injury free Hopoate will always be first choice. If we get Dodd, Percival and Hopoate back for most of next season its like effectively signing 3 new players.
    You can add Walmsley to that list too, he was crocked most the year albeit he made the pitch a lot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    Why is that bobbins? If it becomes a policy to have a player and more cap space available for rainy days, that does mean your in house squad isn't as strong as it could be. What is wrong with saying that?
    I think the point is even without signings we are as strong if not stronger than going into last year. We had a large amount of disruption in the group last season with 10 new faces in the senior squad, and there were still question marks about us potentially missing Fages and Coote (which Welsby and Dodd have well and truly silenced). If (and it’s a big if) we avoid the same luck as we had last year with injuries and suspensions, we should be putting out much stronger teams, and even if we don’t, the majority of the players who are coming in to replace them are the same but with another years experience and training under their belt.

    If Grace had been staying, he would miss most of the year anyway and thus would be in the same position, yet up to the cap, so we’re in a stronger position than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    Possibly, but there were a few chances for Woolf to drop Hurrell for Hopoate last season and he didn't. It's Konrad's position to lose I feel, but I guess if Will gets in and out performs him we're onto a winner.
    This is how I see it too. The shirt numbers between Hopoate and Hurrell are irrelevant here. I think if we don’t sign anyone then we start the season with:

    Welsby
    Makinson
    Hurrell
    Percival
    Hopoate

    There’s no way Hurrell gets dropped for that opening game, regardless of what number he has been given.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    So? How many times was Hopoate picked over Konrad this season? I don't see that changing.
    How many times did we have our first choice back line out? When Grace was out early on Hopoate was the 1 moved on to the wing because we had no other wing option. When Hopoate has been fit Hurrell hasn’t kept him out the side, because of Hopoates versatility hes played centre, wing and fullback, Hurrell can only play centre and at a push second row.

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    25 will be tee ritson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delighted! View Post
    25 will be tee ritson
    Love the username.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delighted! View Post
    25 will be tee ritson
    Well fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
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