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This topic needs its own thread i think. I am gutted by this news. He is one of my favourite Falcons players and i had heard rumours that he might stay. He will be a cracking signing for Glasgow and i think all Falcons fans will wish him all the best north of the border.
Bad news indeed. The Falcons will still have some decent locks, but none homegrown and none with the versatility also to play at 6 to a good Premiership standard. Although Wilson has earned a better contract on recent performances, this is the bigger story. I'm surprised Smithy buried it as a follow-on item.
Maybe, but with Glasgow you really do play in front of two men and a dog and in a football ground. I've been impressed by Boyle playing for the Development team and Tynedale. He might be able to step up next season.
This a Big loss for the Falcons. Tim Swinson is my favourite player in the current team and never gives less than 100%.This is a big loss for England as well as I dont believe he has to go up north to put himself in the shop window. He is a good enough player to play for England now IMO. At least he's not gone to another premiership team.But just put a dampener on what has been a good few weeks for us.
I think he's good enough to be somewhere in the England set-up too but it's obvious he's nowhere near seeing as he hasn't been involved with the Saxons at all. I guess he was waiting to see if he was involved before deciding to move to Scotland.
He's my favourite player too but has probably had a frustrating season as Tait constantly moved him around and left him out quite a lot. Good luck!
Shame but looks like he'll be pledging his allegiance to Scotland, good luck to lad he's done great for us but if that's what he wants then so be it. We have more than adequate cover at 6 and lock so if we had to lose one then not horrific, Gopperth was the big one.
We will definitely miss the aggression and physicality he brings to the table, but I suppose the likes of Tai can now step up and fill the void. Good luck anyway Tim(with gritted teeth!!), from slightly disappointed fan.
Gutted, none of the current players bring his athleticism, ability and aggression in the same package, plenty with 2 out of 3, but none to match this lad. Good luck to him, but a really bad blow after the recent highs. Never mind though, it provides an oportunity for someone else, hopefully someone will step up to the plate.
Terrible news. This must be about playing for Scotland as surely he could sign for a better team than Glasgow, although of course they are in the Heineken. England's loss as much as ours. But presumably we'll still have Swinson for the rest of the season, and he'll not want to be part of a team that goes down.
Just the news we did not want to hear - altho' not a total surprise. it was probably set in stone before Messrs Gold, Ford and Wells arrived. A great player for us who will go on to great things I am sure. Do not be so dismissive about the club he is going to - Glasgow are currently fourth in the Rabodirest Pro12 league - he is joining a club with a much better recent record than we have.
I feel exactly the same FF.I thought Swinson would be one player we would build the team around.Just the sort of player you want when the chips are down. First disappointment for me since the new coaching team took over.Was really hoping he'd stay especially after he apparently bought a flat in Newcastle recently.
On the flip side I believe the likes of Boyle will now step up. The club is now thinking forward it would appear and here is to hoping we can now start keeping our better players at KP by signing them on longer contracts.
Just logged on and I'm absolutely stunned by this news especially when everything seemed to be on the up at the moment. Agree with evertything that's been said about him and for my money he's been our best forward for the last couple of seasons.
Slightly baffled he's off to unfashionable Glasgow even though he has a Scottish grandmother. Can't believe an English premier side wouldn't have been interested. He's still relatively young too, just 25.
Still wish him well for the future and a big thank you for the work he's put in at the Falcons.
Very disappointed about this news. I also think he could have achieved his international ambitions with us rather than move to Scotland.
He will be a big miss, in the same way that Geoff Parling was when he left when you realised how good he was.
Swinson always gives his absolute all on the pitch and looks completely spent when he leaves the field which is all you can ask of players.
Nevertheless, he goes with my best wishes and will give his best for the remaining games with us, I'm sure.
I think Glasgow are decent outfit tbf with some good players in the pack.Tim "Pain Train" Swinson is a good player but I think Glasgow are losing a better player in Richie Gray. Not sure if I 100% buy the whole has to play in Scotland line though.
Glasgow are one of the improving sides in the northern hemisphere, and are guaranteed Heineken cup rugby season every season, so you cannot really blame Swinson for leaving the Falcons, to go for that opportunity.
Add in the fact that he wants to, and has a big chance to play for Scotland, then I admire his ambition.
Brilliant servant to the club and good luck to you Tim, hope to see him on the international stage soon.
Sad news, and many thanks for his immense efforts. If they had had all put the same graft in then pretty sure we wouldn't be bottom. Don't get the need to be based in Scotland though, or Shiels and Murray would be shafted.
May be a little harder to get selected as an Englishman playing in England rather than a Scotsman playing in England Ninja?
Not saying it is impossible, I am sure there will be plenty of examples otherwise, but playing for a Scottish side, in the Heineken Cup (rather than playing here in the minor cup), can only enhance his appeal to selectors I would think.
Also like the fact it appears Swinson is leaving us for the right reasons, i.e. to play for Scotland and not for more money as is the case with most who go to France.Obviously sad to lose such a good player but wish him well and no doubt should be selected for the upcoming test games.
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