Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vipers Dip Is No Big Shock; Matching Big Spenders a Tall Order: Longmuir

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vipers Dip Is No Big Shock; Matching Big Spenders a Tall Order: Longmuir

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Byline: NEIL FARRINGTON

WHILE Vipers fans may be experiencing a reality check, none was needed for players who never believed the hype surrounding their storming start to the season.

General manager Jaimie Longmuir insists the double weekend defeat by Sheffield Steelers, while disappointing, was not unexpected.

Not now that the Steelers - and a few others besides - are beginning to flex a financial muscle the Vipers can't match.

"We started the season very w and we're still very happy with the way a new looking squad of players is developing together," said Longmuir.

"But we know the resources that some of the other teams have, and that they were always going to use them as the season began to unfold.

"Sure enough, other teams are now loading up with new players and starting to make changes which improve them significantly. "It's exactly what we expected and exactly why, when results were so good at the start of the season, we didn't get carried away. …

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