There has been a lot of talk over the last couple of months about the liklyhood of Johnny Wilkinson leaving the Falcons, so I thought I would do a quick discussion on this matter, probably one of the best known players in the World today, if not the best? At the Falcons I have never sensed that he has been able to prove himself at club level, they have never been a hugely successful club, but he has been loyal and true to them for many years now, but the departure of his mentor, the guy who has helped him through so much it makes you think what kind of future does the Falcons hold for Johnny. He last lifted the Premiership crown with the Falcons in 1998, which is nearly 10 years ago, other than a couple of Powergen Cups, success at club level has missed out on Johnny... This is where the thought that his 10 year career at the Falcons could end. But where would Johnny go? There are of course a couple of clubs in the Guinness Premiership who could make room for him, Leicester being the obvious choice from them, he could make a move to the Magners League, whether it would be a correct one that is an entirely different question, one of the clubs I would think would be interested in him in the Magners is Edinburgh, but somehow I just can't see it happening. The next possibility is moving to France to play in the Top 14, now this too me seems like it could be the most likely choice for Johnny if he decided to make the move. It is a different style of Rugby than the Guinness Premiership, but a style that I think Johnny would enjoy playing. The Super 14 is another long shot option, but I honestly couldn't see this happening, very rare is it that a player has departed from England and gone to play in the Super 14, in the current climate it has gone the other way, and that would also ruin Johnny's chances of playing for England on a regular basis. The final option for Johnny is the simplist one, stay at Newcastle, play some underachieving rugby and end your career there, but stay loyal to the club that has done you so well. Its a tough call, some could even say Johnny is too big now for any club to take on, but the decision is likely to be made in late January 2008.