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Which players are still on the market for Harlequins to buy?


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#1 ParisSurtout

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:02 PM

The club has to fill holes left by the departure of Louis McCarthy Scarsbrook (St Helens), Will Sharp (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (return to Leeds) and Luke Williamson (retired).

The English pickings are slim. The club has to find mostly non-quota players. French players would qualify there.

Definitely still available:

Steve Menzies
Willy Mason
Kane Bentley
Andrew Bentley (from May on)
Ricky Sherriffe


Possibles:

Chris Walker
Maxime Greseque (from May)
Julien Rinaldi (from May)?


They already have two hookers (Randall and Ellis) so they won't buy Kane Bentley.
They probably could not afford to buy out Johnson's contract

Edited by ParisSurtout, 31 August 2010 - 01:57 AM.

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#2 Wendall

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:08 PM

Kevin Penny looks like he has played his last game at Wire as he cant get a look in. He did a good job at Quins this season and they were wanting to keep him.

But heard he is off to Wakey next year?



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Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:14 PM

QUOTE (Wendall @ Aug 30 2010, 01:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Kevin Penny looks like he has played his last game at Wire as he cant get a look in. He did a good job at Quins this season and they were wanting to keep him.

But heard he is off to Wakey next year?


Apparently. But the gossip is that John Kear will come from Wakefield.

If true, a net plus IMO.
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#4 Wendall

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:18 PM

QUOTE (ParisSurtout @ Aug 30 2010, 06:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apparently. But the gossip is that John Kear will come from Wakefield.

If true, a net plus IMO.


Quins need a top coach and Kear would be the answer. He could tempt some names down from the North instead of journeymen that have come down and never made it.



#5 ParisSurtout

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:24 PM

QUOTE (Wendall @ Aug 30 2010, 01:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Quins need a top coach and Kear would be the answer. He could tempt some names down from the North instead of journeymen that have come down and never made it.


If Kear leaves Wakefield for Harlequins then it suggests that he feels the writing is on the wall for Wakefield to get the chop in 2012.

If that assumption is correct then Kear could attract some of the good Wakefield or other northern players, but mostly for 2012, because most talent has already been signed.

So I think that, given who is still available from England, Quins ought to buy some French LER players for 2011.
There may be language prooblems for some players, but Kear speaks French. Rinaldi is bilingual, so he would be an ideal acquisition for half (playing Luke Gale at number 6, or vice verse). Rinaldi was France's half back for many years, until 2006, when David Waite forced him into the hooking spot at Catalans to make way for Stacey Jones.

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#6 THE RED ROOSTER

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:50 PM

This is idle speculation based upon an unofficial Fan post on the Harlequins RL board

John Kear is under contract to Wakefield Trinity to the end of the 2011 season.
http://www.guardian....field-john-kear
  • How can cash strapped Quins buy out his contract if Catalans would not ?
  • Why would a Local man like John Kear want to leave Wakefield ?
PS - John Kear was caretaker Coach of Paris St Germain, and nickname Le Professeur during his time there so I believe he may well be able to "Parlez le franais"

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#7 ParisSurtout

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:01 PM

QUOTE (THE RED ROOSTER @ Aug 30 2010, 01:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is idle speculation based upon an unofficial Fan post on the Harlequins RL board

John Kear is under contract to Wakefield Trinity to the end of the 2011 season.
http://www.guardian....field-john-kear
  • How can cash strapped Quins buy out his contract if Catalans would not ?


I did say that Kear's possible hiring by Quins is gossip.

You have raised a reasonable question, though Catalans were and are also somewhat cash strapped at the moment (albeit not to the extent of Quins), thanks to the prying eyes of the French tax inspector.

QUOTE (THE RED ROOSTER @ Aug 30 2010, 01:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
  • Why would a Local man like John Kear want to leave Wakefield ?



  • I think I answered that one.....because he may see the writing on the wall for Wakefield in 2012.

    QUOTE (THE RED ROOSTER @ Aug 30 2010, 01:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    PS - John Kear was caretaker Coach of Paris St Germain, and nickname Le Professeur during his time there so I believe he may well be able to "Parlez le franais"


    That would make him ideal to coach Toulouse if they get the nod for SL in 2012. biggrin.gif

    Edited by ParisSurtout, 30 August 2010 - 06:06 PM.

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    #8 Segovia Carpet

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    Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:17 PM

    Stuart Littler will be looking for a club & Sibbitt.

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    Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:56 PM

    Worrincy.

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    Posted 30 August 2010 - 11:18 PM

    johnson going back to aus 100%. What about Demetriou from Wakey?

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    Posted 30 August 2010 - 11:23 PM

    Demetriou is a good shout.
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    Posted 31 August 2010 - 12:07 AM

    QUOTE (The Best The Beautiful The Only @ Aug 30 2010, 05:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Worrincy.


    Michael Worrincy could have developed into a great player had he ever had a great coach to help him.

    But right now I think that the Quins would take him back, along with his fellow prodigal Sheriffe, since the club is very short of numbers.
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    #13 East Coast Tiger

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    Posted 31 August 2010 - 12:27 AM

    Johnson has signed with the Cowboys.

    #14 ParisSurtout

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    Posted 31 August 2010 - 12:30 AM

    QUOTE (East Coast Tiger @ Aug 30 2010, 08:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Johnson has signed with the Cowboys.


    Thanks for that. Do you have a source?
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    #15 East Coast Tiger

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    Posted 31 August 2010 - 12:36 AM

    All Australian media but you could try the Cowboys website.

    #16 ParisSurtout

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    Posted 31 August 2010 - 12:47 AM

    QUOTE (East Coast Tiger @ Aug 30 2010, 08:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    All Australian media but you could try the Cowboys website.



    Just found it, it must have just happened. Thanks

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    #17 Emosi Koloto

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    Posted 31 August 2010 - 06:10 AM

    I'd like to see Kyle Briggs and/or Gareth Moore go down to Quins and show they are up to Super League level.
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    Posted 31 August 2010 - 07:38 AM

    QUOTE (ParisSurtout @ Aug 31 2010, 01:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Michael Worrincy could have developed into a great player had he ever had a great coach to help him.

    .


    Nonsense - WOrrincy is a fit athlete - nothing more nothing less

    As an RL player he is a long way off super league level
    Now then, it's a race between Sandie....and Fairburn....and the little man is in........yeees he's in.

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    Posted 31 August 2010 - 07:50 AM

    QUOTE (Wendall @ Aug 30 2010, 06:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Quins need a top coach and Kear would be the answer. He could tempt some names down from the North instead of journeymen that have come down and never made it.



    Yes. I've always seen Kear as a fixer. see his wkipedia entry here

    he is just the sort of guy to get the best out of Les Cats or Quins and it feels as though he has run out of steam at Wildcats.

    #20 Spicer

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    Posted 31 August 2010 - 07:58 AM

    QUOTE (The Best The Beautiful The Only @ Aug 30 2010, 10:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Worrincy.



    He never got much of a look in under Mac.
    Wouldnt be surprised to see him and Sheriffe back.
    Will be two less Championship players to seek going into next season.




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