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PostSubject: Carlos spencer to return to the blues?   Carlos spencer to return to the blues? Icon_minitimeSat Feb 14, 2009 10:32 am

The Blues aren't sending any SOS signals out to Carlos Spencer yet despite their former talisman signalling a desire to return to Auckland.
Spencer has just picked up a new English club deal with Gloucester after finishing up early with Northampton.
But his new contract is a 17 month affair that could allow him an early release and his agent David Jones has confirmed there is muted talk of the former All Black first five-eighths sounding out his options in his old homeland where he made his name with both Auckland and the Blues.
Spencer featured in all three titles won by the Blues and finished with 96 matches for them before heading north in 2005.
Now 33 Spencer is in the twilight of his career but remains a massive talent.
Blues coach Pat Lam was low-key when he discussed the Spencer issue in the wake of the Blues getting their 2009 campaign off to an encouraging start in Perth on Friday night where they beat the Western Force 25-19, picking up a four-try bonus point.
Lam said the central contract system meant it was an issue for the New Zealand Rugby Union as far as any Super 14 involvement was concerned.
"Carlos would have to come back and play for Auckland first," said Lam.
"He's someone you'd look at but at this stage it's not an option, it's just speculation."
The Blues have a somewhat fragile look in the crucial No 10 position where Tasesa Lavea and Jimmy Gopperth have been sharing duties backed up by young Wellington utility Michael Hobbs.
Whether Spencer would be an answer or a step back is debatable. But for now it simply seems a whim of fancy.
He has his hands full with his new Gloucester club who are in the thick of the English Premiership race.
The Blues are starting a new era under a new coach. Spencer's Super 14 hopes mightn't be realised until 2010, providing he can prove himself again with Auckland where he would certainly add life to the Air New Zealand Cup.
Meanwile, former Blues and Fijian winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca has signed a new two-year deal with French second division side Agen.
The 28-year-old returned to Agen late last year looking for a lifeline nine months after ending his first spell.
Caucau went to France in 2004. He was top try-scorer in 2005 and 2006 but suffered a series of injuries and tested positive for cannabis as his career nose-dived.
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I hope this doesnt happen the blues dont need spencer that would be a step backwards
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PostSubject: Re: Carlos spencer to return to the blues?   Carlos spencer to return to the blues? Icon_minitimeSat Feb 14, 2009 10:34 am

I still can't believe the blues picked Lavea ahead of him
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PostSubject: Re: Carlos spencer to return to the blues?   Carlos spencer to return to the blues? Icon_minitimeSat Feb 14, 2009 10:36 am

kiwikid33 wrote:
I hope this doesnt happen the blues dont need spencer that would be a step backwards

Lol not a Blues fan so Spencer go to the Blues lol
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All he would do is hold back any new-coming pivot. If he came back in an advisory role that would work - but not to play.
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PostSubject: Re: Carlos spencer to return to the blues?   Carlos spencer to return to the blues? Icon_minitimeTue Feb 17, 2009 9:39 am

Pantherus wrote:
All he would do is hold back any new-coming pivot. If he came back in an advisory role that would work - but not to play.

Fair point, but trouble is we dont look to have any upcoming talent at 10 within the Blues catchment area.

Bit like how Stacey has resigned with the Warriors. There really arent too many other options. Unfortunately, a 33-34yr old Spencer still offers more than what Lavea or Gopperth are currently providing.
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True...
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