I thought Leek was a stand off, might be wrong. Whatever the rights and wrongs of Leek and Nicholson interchanging at 7, they're still not the quick fix we need to guide us around the field. Leek is like many of our players, a great prospect, we have a record as long as your arm of bringing on prospects but it's always 'one for the future' trouble being it's rarely our future. Let's not forget that Leek is still an inexperienced player at this level; he signed at the end of 2013 with about 6 games to go and only played bit parts in most of those, then after a couple of games of 2014 he gets hit with that injury just as he was being lined up to learn and take over from Blacky (my opinion), this season he has played in 4 friendlies and 5 league games, so he only has at best 15/16 games under his belt. Not a lot in expecting him to take a stranglehold and take teams on singlehanded. Nicholson is an out and out hooker (if such a thing really exists in the game these days) and again shouldn't be expected to jump into a new position and be an immediate star. Interchanging at 9 is far easier that swapping 7's. We have now lost 3 games which hasn't left us where we would all have liked to have been. We all knew that we were very light in proper halfbacks and many have said that we should have brought in an experienced half back as either a leader or as a teacher/cover. Due to Scotty having a poor start then picking up this injury we are now having to start over and repair the situation on the run. Bringing in a hooker (and that only for a month, what happens at the end of the period if he doesn't stay and we have to start looking again?) isn't really the answer as whilst he is bedding in someone else is still having to bed in at 7. We needed a proper 7 on a long term basis but I think we've fudged the issue.
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