Wednesday, 29 August 2012

12 to go out on Loan?

Simon Cohen has revealed that up to 12 of Tigers youngsters may go out on loan to gain first team experience.  And unlike in previous years Nottingham will not gain an automatic monopoly.  Already confirmed is Hinckley boy Ryan Bower returning to Nottingham where he gained rave reviews last year, he will compete with Soar Valley's Michael Holford and another ex-Tiger in Matt Parr.  

But who could the other 12 be and where might they go?  Nottingham seem very thin on props and locks, especially after Mitchell Todd's sad death, so might we see Johnny Allen or Fraser Balmain go to help out on the loosehead and perhaps Joe Cain to help out in the second row.  Richard De Carpentier suffered with injuries last year but looked impressive in his cameos, he may well get another shot somewhere.  

In the backs Scott Steele, once he regains fitness, may well be farmed out to smooth some of his rough edges whilst Andy Forsyth and Alex Lewington might also be loaned out for game time.  In the younger generation Cornish-Maori Javiah Pohe is a bright prospect.

Nottingham is an obvious location for lots of these players, though with Glen Delaney being replaced with ex-Bath lock Martin Haag perhaps Tigers will be more circumspect with the less experienced coach.  Rotherham Titans might be best placed to benefit, Andre Bester is a highly thought of coach with a similar hard working philosophy to that of Tigers. Moseley, Bedford and Doncaster might also benefit, especially Doncaster as Moseley already have some loan players from Northampton and Bedford from Saracens.

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