Over the past couple of season, the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish has been at the wrong end of a player exodus, leading to several key players leaving the club owing to a perceived lack of ambition on behalf of the club. And now, Brian Smith, the Director of Rugby of the club has admitted that the team must now allow such a mass exodus of players for the betterment of the club.
The London club was recently injected with fresh investment after Mick Crossan, the chief of Powerday led a boardroom revolution with the waste management mogul promising several millions in cash to develop the club into the one of the contenders for the English domestic title.
And Smith believes this new direction the club has undertaken has already been underpinned with a couple of key players signing new deals to remain with the club.
Smith, a former attacks coach for the England national team, stated that one would like to think that these things would not happen again, adding that the London Irish learnt from their experience last season and in terms of finances, they are stable and secure for the long term future and can negotiate with key players to extend their contracts.
He mentioned that one of the main reasons for a player or a coach to leave a club is because they think it’s not ambitious enough for him. He mentioned that it is something that is often seen in football and rugby players observe their behavior because football is the biggest game in England by a margin.
But the London Irish is hopeful the new board will turn things around and get some of the biggest names to commit their futures to the club as they look to be competitive