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Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
mannin (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 12:16
He must have a club lined up. Very good player.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Yorksfalcon (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 13:24
There are rumours that Ashton is in his way back to England. Jim Hamilton reckons Quins or Falcons. Would you have him at fullback?

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 14:58
For all I think Ashton is a quality player still, I wouldn't take him as a full back. I would consider him as a winger though..even though we're well stocked in both Senior and rising young stars in that position.

I'd much prefer a young Mike Brown. Aggressive, strong, great defence, great attacking player (regardless of pace)

Or Matt Burke MkII ??

Can we find one??

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 15:51
I am a fan of Ashton a world class finisher, but for me if we did sign him what to be honest I would like, I still would worry about him in defence still misses a good number of tackles I have noticed. smiling smiley

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Kwa444 (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 18:31
I would have thought he would be a good fit at Quins.

I don't really see us needing him. We have plenty of very talented wingers several with youth on their side and none with egos.

As to full back, maybe, but I can't honestly say that I've seen him there. I would say that if we signed a full back he would need to be better than we have and I am sceptical that Ashton would be better than Tait. More flamboyant - yes, more reliable - no.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
NorfolkFalcon (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 19:15
I'd be utterly shocked if he joined us. Could see a Sale chuck money at him.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Andy Mac (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 20:58
Sinoti and Goneva arenít getting younger and Iíd see this as an excellent signing going into the big boys competition in Europe.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Falconsfan93 (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 21:43
Not one bit of me believes Chris Ashton would come to the falcons, we wouldnít pay what heíd want to start with, in regards to hammersly I canít see him kicking on much further if Iím honest.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
14 June, 2018 22:31
Can see him going to somewhere like Bristol or more so Quins. smiling smiley

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
pityacker (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 05:35
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Andy Mac
Sinoti and Goneva arenít getting younger and Iíd see this as an excellent signing going into the big boys competition in Europe.

Certainly a few years younger than Goneva but at 31 he is only slightly younger than Sinoti but still a tremendous try scorer although Deano rarely spends a big chunk of his budget on one player.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 09:38
Radwan and Kibirige will prove we don't need any mega bucks superstars anyway...as they're quality.

Paired up with Sinoti, and Goneva, you can make some nicely balanced wing combos of pace, elusiveness and raw brute power.

Full back is the area we need to work on. Cowell...he's a work in progress who will get some gametime, but Hammersley and Tait will be first choicers. I agree with everyone...Hammersley burst on the scene and was a revelation with his angles and lines breaks. Its almost completely disappeared.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Turner966 (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 10:01
There was a rumour a while ago about John Hardie, the Edinburgh and Scotland back row. Is that rumour dead now as I haven't heard anything since?

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
mannin (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 10:13
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Kwa444
As to full back, maybe, but I can't honestly say that I've seen him there. I would say that if we signed a full back he would need to be better than we have and I am sceptical that Ashton would be better than Tait. More flamboyant - yes, more reliable - no.

He's played FB all season at Toulon. Means he can roam wherever he fancies in attack which helped him break the single season scoring record for the Top 14.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 10:21
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Turner966
There was a rumour a while ago about John Hardie, the Edinburgh and Scotland back row. Is that rumour dead now as I haven't heard anything since?

Maybe Dean felt Collet is a better option and value.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
mannin (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 10:32
Can't see us signing another big name back rower with Graham & Collett coming in and Uzokwe/Chick/Burrows becoming more prominent. Maybe another project?

6. Welch/Guy Graham
7. Collett/Uzokwe/Gary Graham
8. Wilson/Burrows/Chick

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 10:40
The back row will be very interesting to watch this season coming. Some very under the radar signings and academy lads

Guy is said to be similar to Gary in style...which is explosive. Uzokwe looks a right bundle of power, Collet looks like a real grafting 6/7 style that Dean Richards likes. If you impress in New Zealand he must have something about him. Hopefuly Chick can stay injury free and really push on.

Burrows is key. We need a quality 8, and he really could be it. Just needs to take the opportunity with no Hogg and Latu.



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Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Cumbrian_falcon (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 12:08
Heard rumours we are after 2 young England Under 20's players.

Josh Basham (19) - London Irish listed as a lock but currently playing Number 8 for England Under 20's and broke into the Irish team towards the end of the season again playing at number 8.

Marcus Street (19)- Exeter Chiefs Tight head prop broke into the Exeter side last season a solid player and a good prospect has also represented the Under 20's.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 12:23
Its interesting that our academy doesn't seem to produce many props.

Scotty was the last one who has come through and he's been held back by injuries.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
15 June, 2018 14:54
Hardie has just had back surgery so that may explain why he has not gone to a club yet.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 15:52
Heard good things about Marcus Street. smiling smiley

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
exhooker (IP Logged)
15 June, 2018 23:34
What I've seen of Uzokwe I've liked very much nd have high hopes of a very classy player

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Falcons_Thunder (IP Logged)
16 June, 2018 18:24
Vermeulen signs for Falcons. You've heard it here first

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
NorfolkFalcon (IP Logged)
16 June, 2018 18:52
Their replacement loosehead would be a player I'd love us to sign. And their number 4.



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Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
16 June, 2018 19:31
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Falcons_Thunder
Vermeulen signs for Falcons. You've heard it here first

That's our big number 8 sorted then grinning smiley there is some good players for SA, I have always liked Thomas du Toit the huge replacement prop for them even before he was capped for SA. smiling smiley

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Oneforthefatboys (IP Logged)
17 June, 2018 08:50
Vermeulen? Itís not 1 April or is it a different one.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
mannin (IP Logged)
17 June, 2018 09:44
Think they're just jesting as it was mentioned yesterday that he's unattached.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
17 June, 2018 09:48
Whoever does get him has a world class number 8. smiling smiley

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Cantabrian (IP Logged)
17 June, 2018 12:21
Some commentator on TV said Vermeulen's going to play in Japan.
Now that would be Waste! I'm sure he'd much prefer Tyneside.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Pool_falcon (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 05:16
We're not going to sign Ashton.

We still look light in the back row for me. Graham is U20 level so a few years behind Chick in reality and perhaps not ready for the AP.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 09:03
Well there were a few U20 players on show this last few weeks who most certainly could play senior level no worries.

Until we get a good look at Guy Graham we really wont know.

I do expect a few more signings however.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Cumbrian_falcon (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 10:25
I agree I would still like to see 3 to 4 signings.

1 x Tight-head is a must - Recognised Premiership level standard.
1 x Centre to replace Mermoz.
1 x Fly half as a 3rd choice - This is a very difficult person to get in when he will know he wont be playing much.

1 x Number 8 or a Player who can play across the whole Back-Row.

These could be negated by the younger players in the squad but I don't think I would be comfortable putting them in the Premiership and Champions Cup Games.

Trevor Davidson and a Fit Dave Wilson could negate the need for a Tight-head.

Tom Penny could step up and fill the void in the Centre, I've just never been convinced Tom would be top class at senior level.

Joel Matavesi or Brett Connon could fill the 3rd Fly half berth and that would make sense.

Simon Uzokwe should come into the fold and I expect a big season from him. Callum Chick is a player I like but he must be on a make or break season.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 14:36
They seem to have huge hopes on Charlie Wilson at centre Cumbrian.

And don't forget we have signed Johnny Williams from London Irish. A nice powerful direct centre whos only about 21.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Cumbrian_falcon (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 15:04
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GeordieFalcon
They seem to have huge hopes on Charlie Wilson at centre Cumbrian.
And don't forget we have signed Johnny Williams from London Irish. A nice powerful direct centre whos only about 21.

I forgot about Charlie Wilson I actually thought he was a winger? On Johnny Williams I see that as a cracking piece of business to get a young English Centre who will be at the top of his game in a few years. I saw him as JPS replacement and now that Mermoz has gone I still feel we may need an experienced Centre.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
pityacker (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 15:08
From the list of players on the website 13 have left or retired with possibly a question mark over one or two more that we havnt been told about , even taking into account that perhaps a few will make the step up from the senior academy recruitment so far appears well short of a squad size required to compete at the top level of the league and Europe , we can only guess what Deano is doing but certainly a few more quality potential starters are required for next season not just so called squad players to kick on from the excellent season we have just had. Deano recognised and has publically said that a number of our wins were one or two point margins which could have gone either way and had those narrow wins been narrow defeats we could easily have been out of the top six. Dean Richards is a shrewd operator and the fact that he recognises this I have no doubt there will be several pleasant surprise recruits to look forward to hearing about.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Falconsfan93 (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 15:25
Exactly what I think PY 100% think we need a few more quality and experience players added to this squad the majority of this squad have never played champions cup and right now I feel weíd be lambs to the slaughter

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 17:59
Rather than looking at the numbers in & numbers out I think our squad was just too big in places last season, too many decent players not getting game time & Academy players not getting any Premiership starts at all. Deano has added where we need to but I don't expect many more if any. We need to let the fringe players have a chance to show what they can do or they may as well just go somewhere else. It may make the season a bit more tricky, but otherwise the following season will be even worse & the whole circus starts to fall apart.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 18:26
We are definitely in need of one or two players eg Fly Half and Centre
I would like a LH or TH prop and a Full back as well
The club will give youth a chance as itís rightly club policy but we canít go into a season with Champions Cup and have players without any first team experience covering vital positions

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
NorfolkFalcon (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 19:51
Any incomings imminent Smithy?

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
markismith50 (IP Logged)
19 June, 2018 20:06
Sorry guys, I wonít be issuing a running commentary. Iím off on my hols again after tomorrow for a week.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Running Rugby (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 15:34
I know it is not the most reliable and the move has been mooted for a while now, but good old Wikipedia has Josh Basham of London Irish as confirmed signing for the Falcons. Anyone heard anything concrete on this one?

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
The Umpa Lumpa (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 19:48
Heís moving to study at Durham University, so the rumour probably does have some clout behind it.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Falcons_Thunder (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 08:32
With having games against the likes of Toulon (guaranteed sell out) we need to make sure we sign a few good quality players to strengthen what we have. We cant use the champions cup as a testing ground and the progression and attendances rely on playing good rugby and winning more than losing.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
AJfalc (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 09:34
[quote Falcons_Thunder]With having games against the likes of Toulon (guaranteed sell out) we need to make sure we sign a few good quality players to strengthen what we have. We cant use the champions cup as a testing ground and the progression and attendances rely on playing good rugby and winning more than losing.[/quote
Apparently we have a few Academy players ready to step up and do the business against Toulon, Montpellier & Edinburgh.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Falconsfan93 (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 12:53
[quote AJfalc][quote Falcons_Thunder]With having games against the likes of Toulon (guaranteed sell out) we need to make sure we sign a few good quality players to strengthen what we have. We cant use the champions cup as a testing ground and the progression and attendances rely on playing good rugby and winning more than losing.[/quote
Apparently we have a few Academy players ready to step up and do the business against Toulon, Montpellier & Edinburgh.[/quote]

I love nothing more than seeing the local lads getting ther chance, but come on even the biggest believer canít think we stand a chance with the big guns with the squad we have at the moment? Itíll make obviously be a learning curve for all players but we have lost a vast amount of experience this summer and donít seem to have replaced it as of yet I say that as I believe Deano may have one or two surprises up his sleeve I hope

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
pityacker (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 14:28
The French pride themselves at scrum time and have some great scrummaging front rows and even with our new recruit Mulipola I expect a beasting at scrum time unless Dean Richards has a signing or two up his sleeve.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Yorksfalcon (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 16:15
With people totting up the number in and out, I do believe some of this years retirees were actually replaced last year - Lockwood, Graham and Burrows being brought in because Vickers Latu and Hogg were on their way towards retirement. So I wouldn't necessarily expect like for like replacements for these guys, they will step up and acadamy lads can fill the breach further down. I still don't think we are necessarily going to compete well in the Heineken cup but we need to make sure this is a regular occurance rather that treating it as a one off and throwing cash at mercenaries in order to make a better fist of it.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Cumbrian_falcon (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 16:38
Of all the released players from the other Premiership Clubs I still like the look of the following:

Jacob Rowan (Glos) - Young Back rower
Josh Basham (Irish)- Has ben talked about already
Mike Ellery (Sarries) - Currently playing for England 7's would be a good option at 15.
Kyle Eastmond (Wasps) - Still has no club would love him in the centres for us.
Paul Doran-Jones (Wasps) - Not keen but Tighthead cover is hard to find.
Tom Heathcote (Wuss) - Another option at 10, but would he come to be 3rd choice?

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 18:54
Never rated Paul Doran Jones myself and hasn't he signed for a Championship club?. smiling smiley

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
Falconsfan93 (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 19:16
Completely agree with the mercaneries part I do worry though that weíre oeaving ourselves a little short if this is us done transfer wise I feel this is the perfect opportunity to really kick on

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
NorfolkFalcon (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 20:02
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pityacker
The French pride themselves at scrum time and have some great scrummaging front rows and even with our new recruit Mulipola I expect a beasting at scrum time unless Dean Richards has a signing or two up his sleeve.

It will be embarrassing at scrum time if we don't sign a few better quality front 5 players.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
pityacker (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 20:05
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AFalcon24
Never rated Paul Doran Jones myself and hasn't he signed for a Championship club?. smiling smiley

It was on the rumour pages that he was signing for Ealing Trailfinders but I didn't see his name on the huge list of signings for next season, certainly wouldn't want him at KP he has been injured a lot and hasn't shown any decent form for a number of years.

 
Re: Rumoured Signings 2018-19
steve1888 (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 21:30
Mike Ellery played here before, back rower in academy days I think, same as Visser.

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