Waldouck set to leave Wasps after handing in transfer request

Dom Waldouck looks set to move from London Wasps to Northampton Saints over the coming days after handing in a transfer request, according to BBC Radio Northampton.

The outside centre signed a three-extension with Wasps back in 2010, but with one year to go on his contract appears to have been alerted by Northampton’s interest and as a result made an effort to move his future away from Adams Park. Saints will have to pay a fee for Waldouck given that he has one year to go on his deal.

Since making his debut for the senior side in 2006, Waldouck picked up a Heineken Cup Winners medal in 2007 along with being named Players’ Player of the Year, before a Premiership title in 2008. Recent seasons have seen him plagued by injuries but he has made appearances for the England Saxons and for the England senior side on their midweek matches against the New Zealand Maori back in 2010, although he is yet to win a cap at senior level.

Transfer requests remain a fairly uncommon occurrence in Rugby, but here are some other examples:

Simon Shaw

The veteran England & Lions lock forwards told Wasps on his return from the Rugby World Cup that after 14 years at the club and despite signing a new deal months beforehand, he wanted to leave. Shaw then joined Toulon where he was part of the club’s run to the Top 14 Final last season.

Frikkie Welsh

After joining Bath in 2004, Welsh submitted a transfer request in 2006 revealing that he wanted to return home to South Africa for a chance to be part of the Springboks 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, returning to play for former club the Bulls. He didn’t make the cut.

Gavin Henson

Following a lengthy period of time off due to his participation in Strictly Come Dancing, Henson was expected back in training with the Ospreys in July but come September of 2010 instead handed in a transfer request, paving the way for his move to Saracens. After just six weeks at Vicarage Road, Henson submitted another transfer request due to his disappointment at being played away from his favoured 10 shirt and moved to Toulon.

11 thoughts on “Waldouck set to leave Wasps after handing in transfer request

  1. Interesting. Different reasons for handing in transfer requests. Not just money, however I’m sure that is a good part of it. However doesn’t seem to have worked out too well for most of those named above!

  2. I wonder where Saints plan to play him, he surely won’t be able to take the 13 shirt from Pisi. They do still need an extra spark in midfield hopefully he can fulfill some of that early potential.

  3. Pisi could move inside? He’s got the all round ability to play in either centre position – without a doubt the best centre in the premiership at the moment.

    The loss of Downey is the biggest worry for Saints as for the last three years the team has been built around him at 12. Hopefully Waldouck can fill his boots.

  4. I can’t see waldouck filling the boots of downey, he is a very different player. The idea of Pisi moving to 12 with waldouck outside him is interesting.

    As a wasps fan I am concerned that he is leaving. Despite his age he is one of the more experienced players in our squad, and I fear this may be another tough year for us

    1. Didn’t really mean that he’d be the same kind of player as Downey; more just that he’d take his place in the squad as a first team centre. Totally different kind of player I agree, but maybe that’s what Saints need? People have worked out the Downey gameplan, so it’s good to change things up.

      1. Saints game plan has been about getting big centres over the gain line. Its been successful to a point but then also limiting. If you can stop them getting over the gainline they look clueless. I think to win at the highest level you need centres who can do both (carry and create).

        If Waldouck and Pisi were both playing i’d keep Pisi outside with Waldouck inside.

  5. I thought Waldouck is a 12. So wouldn’t it make sense to keep Pisi at 13 and have Waldouck at 12.

    Tom May isn’t good enough quite frankly especially for the HC, and Luther Burrell is unproven at club level for the most part.

  6. I always Waldouck was a bit lightweight for 12, and always looked more comfortable at 13. I have seen him play 12, but he certainly wouldn’t survive there against the likes of Fofana in the HC.

  7. He is of similar size, and he certainly isn’t as powerful. What I really meant was that if I was a Saints fan, and I was going into a HC game with him wearing the 12 shirt I would not be too confident he would be able to front up physically. Certainly not when they were use to having the ever-dependable Downey there.

  8. They aren’t that uncommon in rugby. Daryl Clark and Ryan Mc Goldrick recently at Castleford are just two examples.

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