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@ jamesliveinhope - I agree. I hope that we can recruit well too, as recently there've been some duffers:
Moody - nearing the end of his career and a history of injuries. He was never a long-term prospect. Don't get me wrong, I love Mad Dog, but he was never going to play for years to come.
The Duck - not settling in as well as we'd hoped and injured. Granted, that's given Heathcote the opportunity and isn't he doing a superb job? And I've no doubt Donald brings knowledge and experience to the camp.
But neither were long-termers.
The signing of Webb into the front row is a good one and there are prospects all over the place. I'm looking forward to the SIM magic, as I haven't seen much of it yet...
Posted 16:18 28th March 2012
I suspect that, when all is said and done, it was a commercial decision. Lets not get too bent out of shape about the management being too tight-fisted, there are more financial issues in the premiership than simply a lack of will on the part of the wallet holder.
That said, one player who has never let us down, will be sorely missed and, personally, I wish him well.
Bath were on the cusp of something great couple of years ago, at the time, Smee could have picked two competetive premiership sides from his squad, unfortunately some of the players decided to throw it all down the toilet at season end.
Not sure that we ever recovered properly from that and I suspect that SIM's, (allowing for injuries too) rotation policy has been an effort to get the whole squad up to a standard for next season. Lets not forget, Heathcote, Mercer, Woodburn, Catt among others, have stepped up from the academy and have certainly earned their stripes.
I'll be giving him the benefit for now, hope to see more consistent performances around the corner.
Posted 09:33 28th March 2012
Good player - perhaps he got fed up (along with many of us supporters) with Bath consistently failing to address the fact that we don't have a dominant set of forwards - particularly at scrum time, and wanted to move on somewhere with a better chance of silverware.
We can play all the attractive rugby in the world, and lead the premiership in offloads etc, but unlike Super Rugby (Reds) you can't win with a weak set piece in the premiership, and the failure to address this has become negligent, verging on criminal.
Posted 14:00 27th March 2012
Good news for Bath, a very average player at best, if Bath want to get back to the top of English rugby then they need to invest in young talent and not draft in average overseas players.
Posted 12:52 27th March 2012
Significant loss for Bath. An utterly reliable, hugely professional player. I hope this is genuinely a result of Matt wanting a fresh challenge and not McGeechan et al being too stupid / tight-fisted to keep him! Wonder which over-the-hill-journeyman / Leicester-cast-off we'll sign to replace him!?
Posted 12:46 27th March 2012
Signed as utility cover he has shown himself to be a very good rugby player, and has been playing consistently better than most of the bath backline but seems to struggle to get consistent game time, with SIM continuing baffling selection policies...
Good luck in the future
Posted 12:37 27th March 2012
He'll be sorely missed. Great player and seems like a thoroughly decent bloke too.
Good luck, Matt, and I hope you're happy where-ever you end up. Let's hope we don't see you thundering back at us in the future!
Posted 12:25 27th March 2012
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