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    Posted: 15 November 2017 at 12:27pm

Scotland captain John Barclay has agreed to join Edinburgh from Scarlets from next season.

The back-row, 31, has been with the Welsh region since leaving Glasgow Warriors in 2013, and captained them to the Pro12 title last year.

Capped 64 times by Scotland, Barclay will bring a wealth of experience to a side that has placed no higher than eighth in the last six league seasons.

Edinburgh are expected to formally announce his signing next week.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote T_RICHARDS_94 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2017 at 12:28pm
I'm pretty confident we wouldn't allow him to leave without a replacement already lined up. Moriarty?
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Cant blame him for the choice, at 31 maybe his last important contract, he did, and will do, for us and important job...tnx for all
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Gutted by this. Up there with Lyons and King as the best NWQ signings we’ve ever made in my book.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Exkixu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2017 at 12:37pm
Very sorry to see him go. Hopefully with another trophy (or 2) under his belt and a big Flower of Scotland sending off.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote supertaf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2017 at 12:38pm
It's no surprise though, as I have posted on numerous occasions, he had said that he would return to Scotland in an interview a while ago
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gutted, be sorry to see John leave, been a fantastic player for us - please hope there is some good news on the way...
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Very disappointed, but not surprised.  Top bloke, he deserves success.  I guess Edinburgh is a better place to live and bring up kids in many ways than Llanelli.

Local talent is they way to go for us or non British NWQ's.

We rebuilt Barclay and discovered Beirne...at least we won the Pro 12.


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 Thanks and all the best to John Barclay been a great Scarlet and fantastic clubman !!

  All the best at Edinburgh !!
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Originally posted by Dafen Boy Dafen Boy wrote:

Very disappointed, but not surprised.  Top bloke, he deserves success.  I guess Edinburgh is a better place to live and bring up kids in many ways than Llanelli.

Local talent is they way to go for us or non British NWQ's.

We rebuilt Barclay and discovered Beirne...at least we won the Pro 12.
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I wish John all the best, but this is a big blow to the scarlets.
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Gutted. A real shame. Been one of our shrewdest signings.
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Originally posted by SospanMawr SospanMawr wrote:

Gutted by this. Up there with Lyons and King as the best NWQ signings we’ve ever made in my book.

Agreed, though I'd add Easterby to that list.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Wil Chips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2017 at 1:27pm
He's been great for us...he was a great signing at a time we were struggling to attract top players...always given 100% to the club and shirt.

We were also great for him, his international career re-ignited of late, and then becoming Scotland skip.

Wish him all the best, and I'm sure he will want to go out on a high for the club. He'll be missed.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PE SA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2017 at 1:38pm
John Barclay has been an absolute dynamite of a signing both on and off the pitch.
Such a pleasure to have watched him play for the Scarlets.
He has given us his all.
I hope morriarity is not his replacement.
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Originally posted by redeyes redeyes wrote:

I wish John all the best, but this is a big blow to the scarlets.

Well, is it? Have we offered him a deal or have we realized that to move forward we've got to free up funds and someone like John, at 31, is a sacrifice to move forward? I don't know the answer to that - but if we've let him go, then I don't think it's a blow.

It's a shame, yes, but if we're contingency planning then there's reasoning for it.

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