Reading this morning's tweets from Gavin Mortimer in France that Will Genia is unlikely to move at the end of the season because if he does he would owe Stade Francais the remaining fee which they need to pay Bath when buying him out of his contract with us.
Apparently the agreed fee between the clubs was €300k, of which Stade still owe us €200k!
Add to the George Ford / Freddie Burns net transfer money, this would give a tidy sum of money for the club to either reinvest in the club, bank or use to buy another player out of a contract.
I think I had assumed they would have paid in full at the time.
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Perhaps we could have Genia, rather than the money? I appreciate it's not going to happen, and that his past shenanigans don't exactly reflect well. But he is pretty much the perfect profile for another scrum-half to share starts with Kahn, and 6 years younger.
hasta Henson was clearly fit and not being picked when he was released to Bristol, so I reckon there was something going on there. Whether it was down to him or Ford, who knows?
Fearns left because of Ford, he'd already signed for Lyon before Burgess arrived. He was second choice 6 (behind Garvey), 7 (behind Flo) and 8 (Leroy) but he clearly liked Gold and did not like Ford.
Yes that's what i meant the fact he got dropped for some time, signed a contract to go to bristol, then got released 4 months early(ish) when he was still needed. I may have got the sequence wrong.
There will be cheaper players of quality, possibly younger too whom we could target.
In a different position I think Northampton have done good deal getting Piers Francis for 10 (he can also play 12). Perhaps we need a player like that to back up Khan (and to be groomed to succeed him)?
Or- if this summer proves his worth, make a move for Maunder?
Rawce I thought Henson was out injured for us when it was announced he was off to Bristol. I could be wrong, it's happened at least once in the past.
My memory agrees - he was out injured for a good couple of months, leaving us without a front-line kicker; so we swapped him out, allowing Tom Homer in.
Gav made a miraculous recovery over about 3 days before making his Bristol debut that same weekend.
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