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Scottish Players sign on the dotted line

According to BBC news, Kelly Brown, Dan Turner and Thom Evans have all signed new contracts with Glasgow. In slightly more exciting news, Jim Hamilton has finally left Leicester and signed a 3 year deal to bolster Edinburgh’s second row, in a move that has been rumoured for some time. It’ll do him good to get more game time, and he will no doubt help with Edinburgh’s power up front.

Worryingly, there is no word on Mossy’s future at Gloucester, despite everyone and their grandma signing new contracts at Kingsholm (including Scotland’s other famous Als, Dickinson and Strokosch). With incoming Olly Barkley providing a solid kicking boot – not to mention cover at 10 – next season, will he be seen as surplus to requirements?

MEGA UPDATE: at the exact moment I chose to upgrade the site’s software and kill it, it was announced that Chris Paterson will be returning to Edinburgh next season. Initial thoughts are that this won’t be great news for either Phil Godman or Hugo Southwell, if he is indeed to be used to play at 10 or 15 as has been proposed. More likely they’ll get short of wingers and chuck him out there, just to get his kicking boot on the pitch. Sound familiar? More on this over the weekend, I’m off to watch the Edinburgh game on TV. Apologies for any ongoing technical blips.

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6 Responses

  1. As much as I support Paterson. I can’t help but feel this is a bad move by him. Shows a complete lack of ambition. He’ll have to play 15 as I don’t want Godman and David Blair to have their development hindered.

    The Hamilton move is a good one, but Robbo will have to work on his mobility.

  2. Jonny – I reckon it would’ve been a far worse move from him had he decided to continue (not) playing for Gloucester, where, apart from not having played that much, and having “failed to deliver” as most people put it, he’s not been backed up by team fans’ support from the beginning in the first place.

    I don’t regard going back to Edinburgh as lack of ambition, I would’ve done the same, I wouldn’t have stayed in a place where I’m clearly unwanted.

    Just my 2 eurocents, anyway. :)

  3. My point is Giorgia, that there would have been plenty of other teams in the GP, ML or France who would have wanted and where he would have got better development.

    Like you however, I’m dissapointed at his shabby treatment by the Gloucester fans. Fickle f**kers indeed.

  4. Yeah, I’m not sure it doesn’t stifle player development at ten a little bit, but then that’s what we get with only two pro-teams.

  5. Oh, well, if you don’t want him up there, then please send him over here. :D

    (only joking, of course. Well, no, actually, I’d be more than happy to have him here, still I was joking. Ah, whatevs. :P)

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