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Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:08 pm
Posted by Homer Simpson on Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:08 pm
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Well if nothing else its a massive statement of intent that this teams days are numbered and there's no favourites.

I can see a few more "negotiations" going on behind the scenes too, but as mentioned correctly above, "wanting" to move deadweight on is one thing, actually being "able" to is another.


Pity Ablett & JJB were excluded from the NO FAVOURITES list in Oct 2018. Great servants but no way should they have had 2019 contracts.
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Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:18 pm
Posted by christopher on Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:18 pm
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Homer Simpson wrote:
Pity Ablett & JJB were excluded from the NO FAVOURITES list in Oct 2018. Great servants but no way should they have had 2019 contracts.


But they did and it hasn’t worked out plus they won’t be on anywhere near the money Watkins is on, we are now looking forward just harping on about past mistakes won’t help anything
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:25 pm
Posted by Riderofthepalehorse on Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:25 pm
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It’s really sad Kallum has left this way, regardless of what some say on here, he’s been a fabulous player, and ambassador for the game, seemed like a model professional as well.

As an observer, seeing Mags, Peacock, Burrow, Hall, etc leave Leeds, Kallum seems the true ending to a marvellous dynasty. Good luck to him on his journey, I’m not sure he’s finished just yet.
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:28 pm
Posted by christopher on Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:28 pm
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Riderofthepalehorse wrote:
It’s really sad Kallum has left this way, regardless of what some say on here, he’s been a fabulous player, and ambassador for the game, seemed like a model professional as well.

As an observer, seeing Mags, Peacock, Burrow, Hall, etc leave Leeds, Kallum seems the true ending to a marvellous dynasty. Good luck to him on his journey, I’m not sure he’s finished just yet.


I don’t think anyone on here can doubt what a fabulous olayer he has been and I would then nk he leaves with everyone’s best wishes
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:33 pm
Posted by Trebor1 on Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:33 pm
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Bold move by Leeds and well done to both sides. Thanks for the memories Kal. Now lets hope this kicks us on to bring in quality this season and next.
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:57 pm
Posted by christopher on Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:57 pm
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Could this bring out some good performances from him, he’s now in the shop window unless he’s already sorted something
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:10 pm
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Yep good call, interesting to see
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:12 pm
Posted by KaeruJim on Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:12 pm
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Personally I don’t agree with those that question Kal’s work ethic, he is a real professional with a first class attitude. Lots of variables effect players’ performances over time; I don’t think any player reaches international level without working their butt off along the way.
Kal always gives his best and I think he’ll continue to do that. His issues are more down to medical structure and mental confidence. I’ve said before that my concerns were that his injury was a “magsy” type where it has robbed him of some mobility and pace permanently, and he isn’t a great candidate for second row.
Without that injury, he probably plays at Leeds until he retires, but this is a collision sport and bodies break sometimes. That’s nobody’s fault; it’s just incumbent upon the club to do the right thing.
It looks there are a few more in the departure lounge too.
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:14 pm
Posted by Mark Laurie on Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:14 pm
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christopher wrote:
Could this bring out some good performances from him, he’s now in the shop window unless he’s already sorted something

I hope you are right. I'd be surprised if he has agreed to this release without having obtained some serious interest from elsewhere.

Very sad for mine. Class act, class guy. Yes he has struggled this year but at 28, he could get a full pre-season in and be a force again next year. Can see him now following Blake Austin and Clark around and causing chaos.

We have virtually no real class and have now lost the guy with the most.

TBF to Sinfield he is not going to die wondering and wish Kallum all the best and thanks for the memories.
Re: OUT 2020 | Kallum Watkins - Released
Post Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:30 pm
Posted by Bullseye on Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:30 pm
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Doesn’t seem like a very Leeds-like thing to do. There are some other massive earners at the club that are performing as bad or worse that haven’t as far as we know been asked to take a pay cut. The ones I’m thinking of are newcomers relatively speaking whereas Watkins has given great service and shown a lot of loyalty.

It’s not a great look to an outsider than a player that has given so much can be effectively binned off like this. For your sakes I hope Sinfield knows what he’s doing because things are resembling the 80s and 90s.
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