Wasps supporters’ delight in signing Ali Crossdale was in stark contrast to the thoughts of his current club Saracens.
The highly-rated back-three player, who is a member of England’s shadow squad for the upcoming Six Nations campaign, will head north to the Ricoh Arena upon the conclusion of the 2020/2021 season.
It has been a tough month for Sarries supporters having lost popular coach Alex Sanderson to fill the vacant director of rugby role at Sale Sharks.
They then had to contend with academy graduate, Tom Whiteley, completing his switch to Bristol Bears this summer.
While Wasps fans celebrated the capture of former England U20 international Crossdale, Saracens followers took to social media to voice their displeasure at the prospect of another young star leaving their ranks.
Below is a mixture of comments left on Saracens’ official Facebook page and Tweets following the announcement…
@RutlandRex: ‘That’s terrible news. Such a talent’
@Luca15_: ‘Awful news. One of our biggest prospects from the current graduates’
@benpappa1: ‘It’s a sad day’
@LauraKateTurner: ‘Truly sad to read this. A big Ali Crossdale fan. They are very lucky to have him and I hope he’ll get his chance to shine’
@tifflstark02: ‘Nooooooo, he’s a fantastic player. All the best to him’
@GrubberRucky: ‘Shame that. Clearly going to get better and better and is on the England radar…’
Nige Eaton: ‘That’s sad to see for Sarries. A talented youngster. I wish him all the luck and success at Wasps’
John Sheils: ‘Shame. Good luck Ali and remember once a Saracen always a Saracen’
The spate of departures in recent months had some fans worried…
@JamesPettit6: ‘Is there anyone incoming or is it just out goings?’
@Gosbo68: ‘A real shame. Hopefully the grand plan for our club means we’ll have replacements or other strategy should we bounce back up? Appreciate a strong academy but would rather they stay and we see their growth through to first XV. Whenever that might be!’