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Wasps sign Ashley Johnson

2012-04-11 18:57

Cape Town - English club London Wasps have signed Cheetahs and Springbok loose forward Ashley Johnson on a two-year deal.

It is understood that Johnson will play for the north-London club from the start of the next European season.

According to the website, Planetrugby.com, Johnson is one of four new signings made by Wasps, who are in danger of going into administration unless they can attract new investment by the end of the campaign, following the collapse of takeover talks.

Johnson, veteran Wales flyhalf Stephen Jones, Leeds prop Phil Swainston and Ospreys prop Will Taylor, are the new signings.

London Wasps CEO Chris Thomas said they are pleased to secure these excellent signings although their priority now is concluding a deal which will secure their financial future.

"While everyone is aware that the club is seeking investment as a matter of urgency at the moment, in terms of player recruitment and retention, like every other club at this time, we have been working hard to continue to put our squad together for next season," said Thomas.

Johnson also confirmed the news on his Twitter account on Wednesday."Can confirm to u guys that I have sign a 2 year contract to play for london Wasps!!" tweeted the 25-year-old.

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Comments
  • Willie - 2012-04-11 19:10

    Ashley, you will be an asset for the team, may you have very successful season with them and bring back your experience gained to strengthen local rugby

      www.hephzibah.wapsite.me - 2012-04-11 20:30

      For sure! A hardworking and humble player!I wish him all the best.

  • Citroes - 2012-04-11 21:03

    This is painful for a Cheetah supporter to see. Its extremely frustrating that the union cannot hold on to its stars.He's a hugely influential player, and I hope he becomes a superstar in the UK.

      Benn - 2012-04-12 06:46

      With a good sponsor in place the Cheetahs can hold their players. AJs place is under threat with young players like Labuschagne and Prinsloo in the wings. Even now, he cannot make the starting 15 and is used as an impact player. Dont comment unless you know what you are talking about.

  • Keith - 2012-04-11 21:17

    If you are not valued enough in your own franchise you must look out for greener pastures.What a lost for S15 rugby because coaches have their own favourites.I know you'll be successful in Britain.

      peter.britz1 - 2012-04-11 21:20

      Twaddle and Poppycock! Cheetahs value him, and he has had good runs for the Cheetahs! Methinks this is a decision made to secure his financial future! So don't know what you are on about!

  • Keith - 2012-04-11 21:32

    Peterbritz last game downunder Ashley had to rescue the team after they struggled;but he is dropped after the Lions game.Is their a trend in Cheetah rugby or what?Where is Raubenheimer gone? we follow rugby and we are confused when these things just happens.

      Shorcha - 2012-04-11 22:04

      Ashley has over and over again proved that he is better from the bench than from the start, even if you bring him on only after 20 minutes. It seems he reads the game better by first watching it. I dont think it is a case of moving him to bench for not being good, I think it is strategy. He is more than respected but just used to his strength. Take this Saterday for instance, if the Cheetahs first play for 20 minutes letting the Chief show what they have planned and then he is allowed free, he seems less pressured and more sure of himself in those scenario's

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