Friday, 19 February 2010

Garbelotto claims Larkai exit is bad move

Flo Larkai's move to Japan will damage his hopes of getting back into the Great Britain squad, according to Tony Garbelotto.

The Everton Tigers coach is incensed at the manner of the Londoner's abrupt departure last week after he exercised a contract clause that allowed him to join Hamamatsu Phoenix.

Garbelotto, who is waiting work-permit approval to bring in an American replacement, claims Larkai's wish to move had been an unsettling presence and he believes it is a decision the forward will regret.

"I don’t think he’s helping himself in terms of the future. Moving out of Europe is not good for his GB hopes," Garbelotto told the Liverpool Echo.

“He’s gone somewhere he doesn’t know and they don’t know him. He might not play many minutes but here he was guaranteed 30 minutes every game. If he kept on coming up with big performances he would have been pushing to get back in the GB squad.”

Larkai, however, is excited about his new opportunity.

"They're the number 1 team in the BJ League," he said. "They needed an inside presence to finish off the regular season and progress into the playoffs. This should be very interesting."


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