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Carlos Spencer splits from Saints


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 31 Jan 2009 at 07:24
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Northampton have confirmed the departure of their star fly-half Carlos Spencer from Franklin’s Gardens.

Andrew Baldock writes for PA Sport that the New Zealander Spencer, who joined Saints in 2005, has left the club by mutual agreement.

He made 102 first-team appearances, but has started just eight games this season after falling behind rugby league convert Stephen Myler in Northampton’s fly-half pecking order.

Spencer, capped 35 times by the All Blacks, signed a new two-year contract with Saints last February.

Northampton chief executive Allan Robson said: “Carlos’ departure from the club has been a mutual decision which we have both seen as an opportunity.

“Carlos has been a central figure in the first team since his arrival at Franklin’s Gardens, and has always been a crowd favourite.

“Since (rugby director) Jim Mallinder’s arrival at the club at the beginning of last season, however, the squad has been rebuilt and reshaped.

“Together with Carlos, we have taken an objective view of the situation and agree that this is in the best interest of both the club and Carlos.”

Spencer, 33, added: “I have enjoyed my time at Franklin’s Gardens and will be especially sad to leave the supporters, who have been brilliant to me.

“I am still fit and strong and have certainly got a few good seasons in me yet, so this is a good opportunity for me to take up a new challenge.”



16 Comments

  • So which Saffa side is gonna snap him up as a back-up flyhalf?

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.01.09 08:00:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Stormers / Bulls :lol:

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.01.09 09:49:01 by Charlie Reply
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  • Lions

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.01.09 11:25:31 by PJLD Reply
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  • I would actually say the Cheetahs need him the most.

    We have RP and Steyn
    Stormers have Grant and Pietersen?
    Lions have Rose and Pretorius
    Bulls have Morne Steyn and J vd Westhuizen
    Cheetahs have Bosman and JL Potgieter

    Maybe the Stormers or Sharks need him actually

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.01.09 11:30:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Stormers have Willem de Waal as well. Burton Francis will be hte Bulls second-choice. Much better than Crossbar vd Westhuizen

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.01.09 11:44:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Oh I forgot about Francis. Way better than vd Westhuizen.

    I thought De Waal was out for most of the season but I see he is expected to be fit to lose against us. :wink:

    So that really leaves The Sharks and the Cheetahs.

    Spencer may be old but I think as a standin he will be great, llok at how good Tony Brown did for us and the Stormers.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.01.09 11:51:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :shock: It didn’t take someone long to update the Spencer Wiki page. already listed as formerly playing for the Saints. :shock:

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.01.09 11:54:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I really wouldnt mind if we signed Spencer. That oke is one hellavu player when on form… I dont think we’ll be able to afford him though and besides, we need a few more loosies and wingers!! NOT!! :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.01.09 12:53:59 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : can he play prop? :-)

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.01.09 13:01:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • maybe he will play looseforward

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.01.09 13:03:49 by PJLD Reply
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  • loosies, wingers, props, hookers……… At the Stormers the line between who plays where is so blurred already, Carlos could be just what they need for backup at 4 or 5.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.01.09 13:09:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : The question needs to be asked: will he get in the way of Luke at the scrumhalf/flyhalf channel?

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.01.09 13:16:45 by wpw Reply
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  • Carlos canned – who wants him now?
    By MARC HINTON – RugbyHeaven

    A Saint turned sinner, former All Black Carlos Spencer has been thrown on the rugby scrapheap. How long he remains there depends on just who’s prepared to take a punt on the erratic genius.

    Spencer’s Northampton club confirmed that the 35-test international has, effective immediately, left the organisation “by mutual agreement”.

    His contract terminated, the former Blues and Auckland playmaker is understood to be on the hunt for a new club. He is looking to stay in either the UK or France, though he may struggle to match the $600,000-plus annual salary he was getting at Franklin’s Gardens.

    The 33-year-old had made just eight starts for the Saints this season, and had clearly fallen out of favour with director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

    Despite any question marks over the form of the talented pivot, it’s thought Spencer won’t be on the unemployed list for too long.

    There’s already been speculation, naturally, he could be heading to Toulon – seemingly a home for unwanted former All Blacks – and the ambitions Racing Metro 92 Paris are also in the market for a high-profile five-eighth, with England’s Jonny Wilkinson said to be on their wanted list.

    English clubs Saracens and Gloucester are also reported to be on lookout for a quality No 10.

    Spencer maintains he’s far from a spent force and is clearly hopeful of picking up another contract before too long.

    “I have enjoyed my time at Franklin’s Gardens and will be especially sad to leave the supporters who have been brilliant to me,” he said.

    “I am still fit and strong and have certainly got a few good seasons in me yet so this is a good opportunity for me to take up a new challenge.”

    Saints chief executive Allan Robson confirmed Spencer’s departure had been a “mutual” decision, though hinted that his face no longer fitted at Franklin’s Gardens.

    “Since Jim Mallinder’s arrival at the club at the beginning of last season, however, the squad has been rebuilt and reshaped,” added Robson. “Together with Carlos we have taken an objective view of the situation and agree that this is in the best interest of both the club and Carlos.”

    Spencer joined Northampton in 2005 after terminating a successful New Zealand career that saw him first play for the All Blacks back in 1995. The mercurial five-eighth was a key figure in all three of the Blues’ Super rugby triumphs, in 1996, ’97 and 2003.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.02.09 07:27:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • From RugbyHeaven.

    Spencer signs for Gloucester
    February 4, 2009 – 10:28AM

    Former All Black Carlos Spencer has been snapped up by English Premiership leaders Gloucester just four days after he left their rivals Northampton by mutual consent.

    Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan revealed that the 33-year-old outside-half had signed a 17-month contract and described his capture as a “great coup for us.”

    Spencer, who will have to contend with England international Olly Barkley and Ryan Lamb for the number ten jersey, admitted he had been surprised by the pace of developments since he decided to quit Northampton last week.

    He said: “Everything has happened pretty quickly over the last few days, but the opportunity to stay in the Premiership and join a club as talented and ambitious as Gloucester is a rare one, so I am thrilled.

    “Gloucester have been at the forefront of the game in England for a number of years, but the excitement of the challenge is driven by trying to help them take that last extra step and become winners.

    “That is what excites me – I am joining a club that is genuinely challenging for the top honours around, and I want to give it everything I can to help make them even more successful.

    “They are a great team, with strong competition for places, and I hope that I can play my way in and contribute fully to the end of the season push for honours.”

    Ryan said Gloucester had beaten off considerable competition to secure Spencer’s services.

    “Understandably, given his quality, experience and availability, there were a number of clubs keen to sign him and I am delighted we have got there first,” Ryan said.

    “Carlos will give us something a little bit different – a mystique and an ability to function at the highest possible level.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.02.09 09:58:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Dont Gloucester suck?

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.02.09 10:01:25 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 15) :

    NO that’s the funny thing.

    Gloucester are top of the Guinness Premiership table after 13 rounds.

    Maybe NOT playing Spencer is why newcastle find themselves in 11th of a 12 team competition.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.02.09 10:08:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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