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11 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

Looks like Gadwin Springer has signed for TO.  I had high hopes for him at Catalans but just doesnt seem to have hit the heights.  Maybe he will do the business back in France, either way, good signing if the club can get some confidence back into him.

 

Maybe the emergence of some genuine forward prospects for France might inspire him to knuckle down and fulfil his potential. Here's hoping.

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20 minutes ago, EastLondonMike said:

Maybe the emergence of some genuine forward prospects for France might inspire him to knuckle down and fulfil his potential. Here's hoping.

Indeed Mike.  At 28 he is in his prime and with some application could become a crowd favourite back on home soil.

Im surprised Pat Moran hasn’t been picked up yet either.  Maybe he has?  He was at Avignon.

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1 hour ago, Lowdesert said:

Looks like Gadwin Springer has signed for TO.  I had high hopes for him at Catalans but just doesnt seem to have hit the heights.  Maybe he will do the business back in France, either way, good signing if the club can get some confidence back into him.

 

So Toulouse are signing a French player while Leigh sign yet another Australian, how will their fans turn this round into a criticism of Toulouse?

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24 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

So Toulouse are signing a French player while Leigh sign yet another Australian, how will their fans turn this round into a criticism of Toulouse?

Dont know and dont want to get into it as its become tiresome.

Announced by the Yorkshire Post anyway but not confirmed by TO as yet.

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36 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

So Toulouse are signing a French player while Leigh sign yet another Australian, how will their fans turn this round into a criticism of Toulouse?

To be fair Hitchcox level is playing for a top Championship club, He struggled at SL level with Cas but seemed to perform with TO. But with their promotion he's just swapping one top Championship team for another.

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20 minutes ago, Hvy wg said:

He's big and strong. He makes awkward errors. Can still put on a big shift sometimes.

In reference to Gadwin, yeah I agree. He has flaws in his game that's been highlighted before, but when he's up for it he can be unplayable. Let's not forget he was a SL player with Toronto playing regularly before that ended.

In general I'm a bit surprised by the signing considering if rumours are true, Toulouse have also signed Lambert Belmas. I'm wondering how all of the props they now have are going to be accommodated, that's assuming that Maxime Puech and Maxime Garcia sign new deals

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Toulouse are signing no one that will trouble the lower SL teams  

 

If they don't start spending decent coin on decent clientele, home form isn't going to get them over the line.

Are they struggling financially or something, because something doesn't seem right  ?

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Agree that TO definitely need to be looking for more if they are to stay up next season. That doesn't necessarily mean a load of big NRL/SL names as London showed a few years ago but all the signings thus far only appear to be adding depth.

I really hope they aren't underestimating the gulf between the Championship and Super League.

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26 minutes ago, Ray Cashmere said:

Agree that TO definitely need to be looking for more if they are to stay up next season. That doesn't necessarily mean a load of big NRL/SL names as London showed a few years ago but all the signings thus far only appear to be adding depth.

I really hope they aren't underestimating the gulf between the Championship and Super League.

I’m sure you will set them right..

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4 minutes ago, Tabby said:

I’m sure you will set them right..

I'm open to offers...

Unfortunately, smugness and sarcasm won't keep them in Super League. My fear is neither will Springer and Cunningham. Let's hope there's either plenty more recruitment to come or I'm hopelessly wrong.

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7 minutes ago, Ray Cashmere said:

I'm open to offers...

Unfortunately, smugness and sarcasm won't keep them in Super League. My fear is neither will Springer and Cunningham. Let's hope there's either plenty more recruitment to come or I'm hopelessly wrong.

How many players are still currently contracted?

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2 minutes ago, Tabby said:

How many players are still currently contracted?

I'm not aware of them releasing a retention list but, from everything I've read, their intention seems to be to stick with what they have with the addition of 3/4 players.

From what I've seen, they do have several player who I'd be very confident will be able to make the transition to Super League: Kheirallah, Sangare, Pelissier, Schaumkel. They obviously have good Super League experience in Navarette, Gigot and Peyroux and others who definitely *could* be good enough in Bretherton, Jussaume etc.

I'm airing on the side of pessimism because I do really want to see TO consolidate themselves as a Super League club. Obviously there's still time and their existing crop may well be good enough as it is. I just think it'd be a huge disappointment if they go straight back down and everyone will be pointing at their recruitment in hindsight. 

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4 minutes ago, Ray Cashmere said:

I'm not aware of them releasing a retention list but, from everything I've read, their intention seems to be to stick with what they have with the addition of 3/4 players.

From what I've seen, they do have several player who I'd be very confident will be able to make the transition to Super League: Kheirallah, Sangare, Pelissier, Schaumkel. They obviously have good Super League experience in Navarette, Gigot and Peyroux and others who definitely *could* be good enough in Bretherton, Jussaume etc.

I'm airing on the side of pessimism because I do really want to see TO consolidate themselves as a Super League club. Obviously there's still time and their existing crop may well be good enough as it is. I just think it'd be a huge disappointment if they go straight back down and everyone will be pointing at their recruitment in hindsight. 

But in hindsight, surely contracts are holding recruitment back. They will all count on the cap next season. Retention is confirmed via having players still contracted for next season.

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1 minute ago, Tabby said:

But in hindsight, surely contracts are holding recruitment back. They will all count on the cap next season. Retention is confirmed via having players still contracted for next season.

The message seemed to be they weren't planning on spending the full cap next season (might not be true).

Quota spots are another issue as I'm not sure how many (if any) they still have available

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1 minute ago, Ray Cashmere said:

The message seemed to be they weren't planning on spending the full cap next season (might not be true).

Quota spots are another issue as I'm not sure how many (if any) they still have available

So how much did they spend on the cap this season?

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