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Disappointment

Premiership Saracens
by Hornet-Sarrie (U13839259) 26 February 2009
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With all this news of player release, my overwhelming reaction is just one of disappointment. The players who are going are all stalwarts, and whichwever way you look at it they are beng treated shabbily

I've been a supporter since the move to Vicarage Road, and like many have come to identify strongly with the club and the players. It really matters whether the club win or lose

It's hard to imagine maintaining that attachment going foward to a club which treats its staff so shabbily

I know it's a hard world and anyone who signs a professional contract puts themselves at the mercy of commercial realities, but there are ways of doing things

It's also hard to imagine there is much team spirit left even amongst the guys who are staying

It's a great shame

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posted Feb 26, 2009

as a quisn fan, it normally makes me fairly happy when our london rivals are not haviing their way. but not like this. im truly appalled at what is happening here. i just cant fathom how they think this is good for the club, feel desperately sorry for the players and the fans here, hopefully there will be some sort of silver lining here. good luck sarries, you deserve better, much better

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posted Feb 27, 2009

Why is it so difficult for people to understand that a rugby club cannot continue to rack up huge losses year after year and not change? I've been a Sarries fan for a long time and the most frustrating thing is continually having our best English players move on to other clubs.
I'm hoping that the likes of Powell, Saull, Cato, Goode and Mercey will now get a serious amount of pitch time next year playing with some world class international players. I personally don't care whether it's 8 Saffas as long as we improve as a team and these young English lads improve with them and actually stay at Sarries.
Take a look at the players being released. Half of them havn't played much in the last 2 years, some are coming to the end of their carreers and some are being paid too much money.
Let's have a reality check here. The rest of this season could be grim and I'm expecting a hammering on Sunday but I'm looking forward to next season....and btw don't feel sorry for us.

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posted Feb 27, 2009

Perhaps England will end up with a load of South Africans playing for them on residency. Graham Henry actually wanted to do this with Wales, but was stopped by the WRU.

Feel sorry for the players and fans, this is shabby treatment by any standard.

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posted Feb 27, 2009

I have supported Saracens since i was a young lad and have grown up watching the likes of Kevin Sorrell and Ben skirving, loyal servants to the club who shouldbe treated better.

It is disgusting how the saffers have come in and got rid of 15 players, especially those you come to associate with saracens now. They should be ashamed of themselves. Saracens rugby club is starting to turn into a business, not a club. I hope to god next year we dont have a team of purely overseas players. Cato, Goode, Saull, Mercey, Borthwick, Haughton etc - these are the backbone of Saracens. I will not be supporting a south african side next year. I will watch super 14 for that.

Saracens hang your head in shame i am embarrassed to say i support saracens right now.Sorrell = Legend.

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posted Feb 27, 2009

Ive been a saracens fan ever since my dad took me to my first game when i was 10.
I know saracens have been under performing, with such quality in our team we deserve to at very least, regain our spot in the heineken cup, but completetly rebuilding the team is not the answer.
I cant speak for every saries fan but i feel i may loose touch with the team i supported as a boy

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comment by SVW217 (U4581562)

posted Feb 27, 2009

What will motivate the players to give it their all and put in winning performances for their club when they know full well that they will not be reaping the benefits of their hard work the next season? Would you blame them if they did not put their bodies on the line??

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posted Feb 27, 2009

'What will motivate the players to give it their all and put in winning performances for their club when they know full well that they will not be reaping the benefits of their hard work the next season?'

The fact that they are in the shop window and if they play well they will be earning more money at a better club next year.

Not exactly rocket science is it?

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comment by Allan (U1694968)

posted Feb 27, 2009

As a Welshman who occasionally travels to Watford to support Saracens (family connection), I enjoy the variety of skills, personalities & nationalities within the team. These players - together with the UK born & bred - form a cohesive unit that is great to watch, and provides anticipation and excitement to the casual supporter like me. I am sure that regulars will be gutted at this proposed change and that - like me - they will go elsewhere and will withdraw their support for what will effectively be a London-based S.African team. I shan't be watching them again if this move goes ahead as described.

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posted Feb 27, 2009

As a Wasps fan I am absolutely shocked by this decision, to cut the legs out from under their present world class coach & 15 of their squad with a third of the season to go is despicable. Have they not learnt from Leagues mistake of forming the London Broncos made up of second rate Aussies who did nothing on the field & noone came to watch them! If they are promising Habana & others I doubt very much whether they'll be there for a whole season & will probably be at best one season wonders.I can't see them taking their stars away from the Super 14 for long, it's a mess, I hope the Players Union get everything they can for the players & all of them get a contract somewhere else. I think the RFU should do something but I'm not holding my breath.

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comment by Tabatha (U1693942)

posted Mar 1, 2009

The RFU urgently needs to look at it's funding for clubs such as Saracens who take the money but contribute little to the National team.

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