Ricoh move no quick fix – Simpson


Published: Saturday 20th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Joe Simpson insists Wasps’ Ricoh Arena move will not be a quick fix for their Aviva Premiership hopes.

Dai Young’s side make their debut in Coventry when they host London Irish on Sunday to complete their controversial switch.

Going into the weekend Wasps are seventh in the table, having won four and lost five this season and have not won the title since 2008.

But Simpson does not expect instant rewards from their new home after leaving Adams Park.

“There’s no miracle cure,” the scrum-half told Press Association Sport. “It’ll be hard to see the benefits short-term this season but we are going to have options open to us in the future. The move is for the long-term future and securing it for Wasps.

“It’s not a short-term fix and it’s not going to mean we win an extra match here and there but the benefits for next season and the one after – and for years to come – will be seen when we’re generating more income.

“It’s a long-term fix and we cannot forget that we were only a couple of hours away from going bankrupt and this move has secured the future.”

And Simpson also believes Wasps cannot afford to let their owner Derek Richardson down and ensure the game is not an anti-climax with 27,000 expected against second-bottom Irish.

“It’s a match we should be favourites for and we have to prove our worth,” he said. “With the amount of effort which has gone on to make this move happen we owe the backroom staff as well as old fans and new fans.

“We need to make sure we are as dynamic away from home as we are at home. It’s been up and down but we can take on anyone and put on a strong performance.”

But the 26-year-old is excited about the future of the club and has been encouraged how they have been welcomed at their new home.

“I read a really interesting article and it went along the lines of how annoying Wasps have been because they haven’t given the Coventry footballers or fans anything to really hate,” said the one-cap England man.

“We have kept the blue seats, we’ve taken the Coventry sign down as you walk in and replaced it with a Wasps one but the sign has just been moved.

“It’s a groundshare, we’ve let them play on Saturday when they prefer to play. Derek and the management have been as accommodating as possible.

“Adams Park has been home for 10 to 12 years and it is a big upheaval but the majority of fans understand it is needed for the club.

“Our fans have been very reasonable and lots have been telling us they’ll see us in Coventry. We do want a new fanbase but we don’t want to lose the fans we’ve spent the last decade building.”

Published: Saturday 20th December 2014 by The News Editor

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