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Re: Opinions on additions needed next season (should we go up....)
Posted by: Falc Dancer
Date: 23/01/2020 14:29
I think we need to prioritise Full back, Fly half and Loosehead. We also need a second row and centre as well. We have enough depth (based upon current squad) at Hooker, Scrum half and back row.

As good as Hodge could be, heís played 1 Championship game and it would be a big risk to throw him in as number 1 full back this soon
Examples of international full backs rumoured to be available who Hodge could learn from are - Abendanon, Halfpenny, Maitland. We havenít had a top full back since Matt Burke.

Does Flood play on next big season? If not we should have plenty money to play with to replace him. Joel is well liked by the coaches , we know he has ability to unlock defences but can he play well enough to take us up the league?

A strong scrum is a Premiership must. A big positive in the front row would be if Welsh stayed fit. Heís a top player and we have missed him
As Logo is rumoured to be leaving, he frees up a sizeable salary to bring in a top loosehead to be paired with Welsh

I am not naive enough to believe that these players will come cheap but considering we have lost big earners such as Goneva, Green, Hammersley, Harris, Matavesi. Add to this that we havenít paid Marks wages this season and a sizeable by amount of Coopers wages as well as allowing Mermoz and Van Der Merve to leave, this must free up space within our budget. This is without considering any monies received as part of CVC takeover and Sarries penalties. Of course this is all guess work

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