Borough’s Lithuanian stars switch to Lions
PETERBOROUGH Lions have pulled off a major coup by signing two star international players . . . from city rivals Borough.
Lithuanian internationals Gedis Marcisauskas and Max Guseinov have decided to move across the city from Fengate to Bretton Park and ambitious Lions chairman Andy Moore says more could follow.
Full-back Guseinov and centre Marcisauskas, who helped Lithuania set a world record of 18 consecutive Test victories towards the end of last season, were both key members of the Borough side that finished in the top half of National League Division Three (Midlands) in the 2009/10 season.
It would have come as no surprise to see the talented twosome move on to a higher level but instead they have dropped down two levels to play for the Lions.
Controversial Moore, who only a week ago recruited another player from the Borough first team in the shape of scrum-half Paul Hum- phrey, accepts he’s now probably the most hated man down at Fengate. But he insists he’s poached nobody.
“I haven’t nicked the players - Borough have lost them,” he said. “Clubs must learn to look after their players. The two Lithuanians are a massive coup and the team is shaping up big-time.
“I think Gedis and Max just fancied a new challenge and you won’t find a more ambitious club in the country at the moment than the Lions.
“We’re not just after promotion from Midlands Division Two East (South) next season - we want another promotion after that and another after that. And we want to get to Twickenham next season in the cup.
“Our aim is proper National League rugby for Peterborough in four or five seasons and you can see by the type of signings I’m making that I mean business.
“Pete Kolakowski joined us last season from Cambridge and he’s a massive draw for us. He shares my ambitions and he’s a captain who’ll attract more big name players to the club.
“We’re already in talks with an international prop from Lithuania and another prop from South Africa.
“Training starts at the beginning of July so let’s see who else turns up. Watch this space.”