Palmer to be Gloucester's Thorn

Date published: August 27 2014

Gloucester new boy Tom Palmer hopes to follow the lead of evergreen duo Brad Thorn and Nathan Hines when he plays this term.

Gloucester new boy Tom Palmer is eager to follow the lead of evergreen forward duo Brad Thorn and Nathan Hines when he runs out this season.

The 35-year-old, who joined Kingsholm during the off-season from Wasps, inked a two-year contract and hopes to shine despite being a club veteran.

“I've ambitions to keep playing for as long as I can. I've signed for two years and see guys like Nathan Hines and Brad Thorn who are older than me still going,” he told the Gloucester Citizen.

“In general the forwards struggled quite a bit last year, that was well documented but the club have recruited fully in that department and I'm one of those players brought in to do a job.

“Early on in my career Gloucester had a really good back. Some of the glory days in the early 2000s, when guys like (Phil) Vickery, Trevor (Woodman),(Oliver) Azam, Alex Brown, Jake Bore, Forrester and Andy Hazell were about.

“During the last few years it has not been quite as much of a strength.

“But I have a lot of experience, I've played a huge amount of Premiership games, I've also played out in France, played and won the Heineken Cup and I can really add my expertise to the line-out.”

He added on the upcoming season: “We have to be more successful than the team were last season, we have to build and for a team like Gloucester qualifying for the top tier of Europe has to be a target.

“Northampton is a great start to the season, it would have been nice to be at home but facing the current champions is great and there the kind of team we want to emulate.

“They have taken their time but slowly built success with this current set-up. They are very similar in terms of them being a smallish town with no big football teams and rugby is the main sport.”