Six more sign for Newport

NEW DEAL: Prop Gethin Robinson has penned a contract with Newport

NEW DEAL: Prop Gethin Robinson has penned a contract with Newport

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT have snapped up a trio of former Dragons and secured the services of three more players from Gwent rivals Pontypool.

The Black and Ambers have agreed deals with tighthead Gethin Robinson, flanker Rhys Jenkins and scrum-half James Leadbeater after they were released by the region at the end of last season.

Robinson has made 209 appearances for the club since 2003 while Leadbeater was their star of last season and Jenkins, who has been incredibly unlucky with injury, has been a defensive talisman.

“The signing of Gethin, Rhys and James will boost our squad as they bring with them professional experience which will stand us in good stead for the season ahead,” said head coach Sven Cronk.

“The knowledge and experience that they will have picked up while with the regional side will prove vital as we mount our league campaign.”

Joining them at Rodney Parade will be fly-half Tom Hancock, centre Adam Davies and hooker Ryan Prosser, who follow former Pooler teammates Andrew Quick, Geraint O’Driscoll and Dan Robinson in making the short journey south.

“These are exciting young players who are eager to make an impact in a Black and Amber shirt,” said Cronk.

“They are three quality signings who bolster our squad for the season ahead and I am looking forward to seeing how they develop in pre-season training.”

Last week the Black and Ambers confirmed the signings of scrum-halves Rhys Downes and Quick, utility back O’Driscoll, centre Robinson, fly-half Scott Sneddon and back row forward Craig Everett. More arrivals will be announced in the coming weeks.

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3:37pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Forget that they are now Newport players for one minute, I think they will do very well in Black and Amber colours. Three are former Dragons players and will not move and can still be called upon if the need arises I'm sure. There is one thing that whilst I'm not worried about it simply because they are all very good additions to the squad, but do I detect a move from Pontypool to Newport is something to do with Pontypool dropping down a tier in Welsh rugby?
Forget that they are now Newport players for one minute, I think they will do very well in Black and Amber colours. Three are former Dragons players and will not move and can still be called upon if the need arises I'm sure. There is one thing that whilst I'm not worried about it simply because they are all very good additions to the squad, but do I detect a move from Pontypool to Newport is something to do with Pontypool dropping down a tier in Welsh rugby? Robert Shillabeer
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7:13pm Thu 21 Jun 12

CM1 says...

It would be interesting for Newport RFC and the Argus to define the term "signing", as I would have thought that this would be in direct contravention of a court order...? Perhaps the parties could clarify.
It would be interesting for Newport RFC and the Argus to define the term "signing", as I would have thought that this would be in direct contravention of a court order...? Perhaps the parties could clarify. CM1
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12:47am Fri 22 Jun 12

Cymro57 says...

If a player's contract is up, he is free to move. Don't think any court order can prevent that as it follows the Bosman ruling.
If a player's contract is up, he is free to move. Don't think any court order can prevent that as it follows the Bosman ruling. Cymro57
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3:58pm Fri 22 Jun 12

WARMACHINE says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
Forget that they are now Newport players for one minute, I think they will do very well in Black and Amber colours. Three are former Dragons players and will not move and can still be called upon if the need arises I'm sure. There is one thing that whilst I'm not worried about it simply because they are all very good additions to the squad, but do I detect a move from Pontypool to Newport is something to do with Pontypool dropping down a tier in Welsh rugby?
The three former dragons players are just that "former". The Dragons released them at the end of the season so they should leave them alone to play for their club Newport RFC.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: Forget that they are now Newport players for one minute, I think they will do very well in Black and Amber colours. Three are former Dragons players and will not move and can still be called upon if the need arises I'm sure. There is one thing that whilst I'm not worried about it simply because they are all very good additions to the squad, but do I detect a move from Pontypool to Newport is something to do with Pontypool dropping down a tier in Welsh rugby?[/p][/quote]The three former dragons players are just that "former". The Dragons released them at the end of the season so they should leave them alone to play for their club Newport RFC. WARMACHINE
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12:49pm Sat 23 Jun 12

CM1 says...

Cymro57 wrote:
If a player's contract is up, he is free to move. Don't think any court order can prevent that as it follows the Bosman ruling.
A court order is a court order.
[quote][p][bold]Cymro57[/bold] wrote: If a player's contract is up, he is free to move. Don't think any court order can prevent that as it follows the Bosman ruling.[/p][/quote]A court order is a court order. CM1
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4:09pm Sat 23 Jun 12

gwentfan says...

CM1
if a player out of contract want to move no court can stop him moving.
have you any players left since newport and bedwas got most of them.
may be you have been court offside.
CM1 if a player out of contract want to move no court can stop him moving. have you any players left since newport and bedwas got most of them. may be you have been court offside. gwentfan
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9:01pm Mon 25 Jun 12

arvinda strop says...

tut tut wait and see
you know the old addage
dont count your chickens
all to be revealed ;-)
tut tut wait and see you know the old addage dont count your chickens all to be revealed ;-) arvinda strop
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5:24pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Cymro57 says...

CM1 wrote:
Cymro57 wrote:
If a player's contract is up, he is free to move. Don't think any court order can prevent that as it follows the Bosman ruling.
A court order is a court order.
Exactly my point. The Bosman ruling was at the European Court. If a player's contract has ended then a club cannot stop that player moving. It has no claim on the player. The player has freedom to take up a contract elsewhere. It has been in force for a number of years and the Poola v WRU case will have no impact, and the court/judge cannot change the Bosman ruling.
[quote][p][bold]CM1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cymro57[/bold] wrote: If a player's contract is up, he is free to move. Don't think any court order can prevent that as it follows the Bosman ruling.[/p][/quote]A court order is a court order.[/p][/quote]Exactly my point. The Bosman ruling was at the European Court. If a player's contract has ended then a club cannot stop that player moving. It has no claim on the player. The player has freedom to take up a contract elsewhere. It has been in force for a number of years and the Poola v WRU case will have no impact, and the court/judge cannot change the Bosman ruling. Cymro57
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