IMO Players to retain -
Tibbats, Daynes, Lewis Barker, Heath Stevens, Jamie Harrop, Mark O'Connor, Benny Russel, Luke Myring, Liam Mather....
IMO Players to bring in -
A big prop, another second row, a fly half, and some winger/centres....
greetings from sunny nuffamtun.
i don't know where the figure of 6 saints players came from , but it looks quite plausible.i have come to whet some appetites
the good news is saints' academy looks stronger year-on-year these days, the marginally bad news is i'd expect ethan waller to move up to Moseley this year.
do not fear, however, reading the tea leaves you might be in line for some of the following (i have assigned them a (1) or a (2) depending whether they are new intake(1) or second year academy(2), although they will in any event have been receiving coaching and conditioning at FG as members of saints Junior academy)
Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (1) England U18 loosehead 6'1",18 st.3lbs.- be surprised if he doesn't get a full cap one day. absolute beast with ball in hand .power and serious pace with good hands
Danny Herriott (2) England U18, U20 tighthead (year early) 6'2" 18st 5lbs.
spent last season being beasted, coached by nobby west and propping against pros in wanderers. very decent scrummager, now much more mobile
Tom Hicks (2) of whom you already know.6'8" , 16.5st last year, he'll be bigger this year however.
Alex Woolford (2) 6'6", 17st lock . didn't get DR last year, but ready now. good lineout player, likes a canter.
Darrell Dyer (2) 6'5" 16.5st.lock/6 ,given a senior contract after just one year,seriously good lineout, very quick , may settle at 6
we have some seriously good young backs in the academy this year. a couple will probably go to moseley, but some may well come your way viz.
Alex Day(2) England U18,U20 (a year early) ,6', 13.5st. scrum half. a gem. has been playing against seniors for a couple of years.only took up scrum half 2 years ago, was a wing. pass now good , elusive and strong , a real flyer.
Tom Stephenson(1) centre, 6'1" 14.5 st.England U18 capt.
not small, not huge. very quick,very aggressive very hard and very skilled, has played in wanderers games since he was 16.
Tom Collins (1) England U18, 6', 13.5 st. 12/13/w/fb
very quick indeed , skills good, tough , incredible step off each foot, can kick goals and from hand.
in addition, some good players leave saints academy without getting senior contracts this year. i know one (glyn hughes) who has signed a one year deal at moseley where he's expected to start and he might well be back at saints after that (myler and lamb come out of contract next year). it may be that our coaches have gently pointed some towards cov as , other than front rows , we only keep them in the senior academy for 2 years.
even if ethan waller and adam parkins move up to the championship , hobbs and herriott are very serious contenders. the first-years usually seem to be kept at FG on an extended preseason their first year so herriott may fly the coop a few weeks before hobbs.
if you get any of the 3 backs , it'll be a bit of a road test, as from a saints point of view, they're the crown jewels. Day and Stephenson are slightly more experienced so might be going direct to moseley, but Collins at least should come your way and he could just be phenomenal- he can make defenders look silly. there are also 3 very handy lineout players in that lot - darrell dyer as a lineout flanker is very classy and very swift.