Sports activities targets, recruitment, outcomes of the previous season … three factors to recollect from the ASM press convention

“Play Bouclier de Brennus from next season and get a star on your T-shirt by 2025”

This is a strong statement by Jean-Michel Guillon. In discussing the ASM’s sports goals for the coming seasons, President Clermont did not exaggerate: “The goal is to play for the title of French champion from next season,” the strong man “yellow and blue” said at first. Before the revelation of the second, this time concerning the Champions Cup. Again with high ambition: “Another goal is to have a star on a T-shirt by 2025.”

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Seven official arrivals, but “recruitment is not over”

Clermont executives used this press briefing to formalize the arrival of seven players for next season: Jules Plisson (opener, La Rochelle; 30 years old), Anthony Belleau (opener, Toulon; 26 years old), Loic Godener (3rd center line, Stade Français; 26 years old), Irae Simone (Wednesday, Brumbies; 26), Julien Heriteau (Wednesday, Toulon; 27 years old), Bautista Delguy (Wing, Perpignan; 25), Alex Newsome (Wednesday, Waratahs; 27).

Focus on the seven recruits officially introduced by ASM Clermont

“In this and the previous season, we did not always feel this character in the team. The recruitment that has taken place should be able to return this character and this experience to the whole team in all lines, ”explained Jean-Michel Guillon.

The president of Clermont also stated that this was a “recruitment so far”. In other words, othercomers should intervene. “If other opportunities arise, we will study them,” he said. Assembling leaders are particularly interested in the right column of Oyonnax Thomas Laclayat.

In addition, Didier Retière, Director of Sports Development Didier Retière and Head Coach Jono Gibbes recalled the extension of the contract with 13 players: Giorgi Beria (column), Daniel Bibi Biziwu (column), Yohan Beheregaray (hooker), Thibaut Lanen (second line), Sebastien Vahaamahina (second line), Lucas Dessaigne (third line), Killian Tixeront (third line), Gabin Michet (opener), Theo Giral (opener), Marvin O’Connor (cruiser), Thomas Roziere (cruiser), Apisai Naqalevu (in the middle), Sheikh Tiberghien (back).

“I’m not happy with last season”

Four days after the last match of the season, the victory against Montpellier in the Michelin tournament (20-15), which is synonymous with 7th place and qualification for the next Champions Cup, Clermont leaders were able to take stock of the past financial year. “There is disappointment in our final standings,” said Jean-Michel Guillon. We are not part of the party that will be organized in the coming weeks. This does not meet our standard. »

The feeling shared by Jon Gibbes. “We are not satisfied with the result of the season. We are not looking for excuses. We were solid at home, but outside the home we made mistakes that cost us dearly. We finish four points behind 6th place. We were able to get these points in several matches outside. We are responsible. »

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