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Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Jim H (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 09:20
Chris Ashton looking to return the UK, Lam likes him, we have money free - Do we need him??

As a proven performer at the highest level I think he'd be a good addition for us.

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Colonel1960 (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 09:29
I would take him here, he still has a couple of years left in him i believe, and a back 3 of Ashton, Morahan & C.Piutau is as good as it gets imho... Sign him up Pat

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
AGS (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 12:42
Toulon rumoured to be about to announce Julian Savea on a 2 year deal to replace Ashton. If so, that would either be quick work by Toulon or maybe Ashton asked for a move a while ago?

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Rich. (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 13:23
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AGS
Toulon rumoured to be about to announce Julian Savea on a 2 year deal to replace Ashton. If so, that would either be quick work by Toulon or maybe Ashton asked for a move a while ago?

Mind you they are very used to having top internationals on the bench. Of course Habanna has left them so perhaps Savea is simply a swap for him.

Bringing Ashton here would be great. He'd prefer a team in the Heineken no doubt but I'm sure he won't need that to get back into the England squad.

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
robtheh (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 14:00
Id rather have Radradra & Tuisova tbh!!

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Rich. (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 14:21
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robtheh
Id rather have Radradra & Tuisova tbh!!

Perhaps but we have to have some English players - and Ashton is big box-office.

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
BigO (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 15:12
Wouldn't say no to a couple of years of Ashton. Back three feels like one of the areas where we lack a bit of quality and depth.

I remember hearing PLs comments after the Baa Baa's match and wondering if he knows something about Ashton's future that the rest of us don't. So perhaps there's something in it.

Guessing Chiefs could be a possible destination, given their track record of revitalising careers. But not sure his personality would be the best fit with Baxter's ethos. Not sure who else in the Premiership would have the space or cash to bring him on board at this point?

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Jimeno (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 15:57

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Brizzle (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 17:17
Definitely yes from me. Outstanding finisher. Can't believe EJ doesn't want him for England, far better bet than Brown on the wing.
Let's hope we still have some gap in the salary cap!

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 17:41
And the reason he would want to come here is what exactly? He comes from Wigan, so Sale makes more sense. Plus if he wants to be back in England for WC selection then he needs to be playing for a club that is mid to top table, not one aiming to avoid relegation. The only reason to be here is if we offer him so much money that it is ridiculous. That's with our marquee slots apparently taken, so we'd have to fit him in to the cap somehow. I can think of positions to strengthen before looking at the wing. Yes, there's a box-office element to him but frankly I'd prefer Savea.

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Rich. (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 19:41
He won't be going anywhere in England for the money alone - as he'd get more in France.

As for Exeter and revitalising careers - yes they do but Ashton's career has been revitalised in Toulon already (if it needed it). If he'd be playing as well in the Prem this season as he did in the Top 14 then he'd have started last week in South Africa surely.

As I've said I personally don't think he needs top of table and Heineken Cup rugby to get into the England squad so he MIGHT consider us if he feels Pat will get the best out of him. I don't think he will come here mind

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Field marshall (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 20:24
Ashton also needs to be guaranteed a starting spot. There are some quality wings in the AP. Sale have both Yarde and Solomna, neither of who will be happy with a bench spot. I suspect Ashton won't want to be playing 15, he doesn't stand a chance of getting the England 15 shirt.

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Portisteve (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 20:27
Well Pat definitely liked him and Im sure he found Pat a big positive so who knows.
Stranger things have happened!
We def need an extra winger imho

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Platwell House (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 06:34
He isn't coming here discussion closed.

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
JD11 (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 06:46
You know where he is going do you?

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Jimeno (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 07:06
Apparently he's going nowhere.


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Toulon have denied Chris Ashton has asked to leave the club and say the former England wing has expressed his desire to sign a contract extension.

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 07:59
Does that mean we can have Savea then?

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
inatthebreakdown (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 09:22
Quote:
Jimeno
Apparently he's going nowhere.

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Toulon have denied Chris Ashton has asked to leave the club and say the former England wing has expressed his desire to sign a contract extension.


I think the key wording in the statement is "to date" they haven't had a request.

Hardly closes the door, almost sounds like they're expecting his request to leave.

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Rich. (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 11:23
Yes IF he really wants to come to the Prem next season then I doubt he will request to leave until he has something very definite sorted over here. All that said what evidence is there to suggest he is looking to come back to the Prem next season? As far as I can see all we have is the following from one of many 'pop up' rugby sites - 'The England winger has reportedly told the French Top 14 club that he wants to leave, just a year into his three-year contract' - now you could not really be successfully sued for writing that (even if Ashton or Toulon could be bothered to pursue action) and so this has given RugbyPass lots of clicks and exposure (I'm assuming it originates from them). I'm in no way saying they did but they could easily make something like that up simply to get cheap exposure - much of the media do it all the time. Keeps us active during the close season mind

 
Re: Chris Ashton - leaving Toulon
Jimeno (IP Logged)
18 June, 2018 09:35
Quote:
Gray_Lensman
Does that mean we can have Savea then?

He has signed for Toulon.

Maybe that affect Ashton's thinking.

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