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Gloucester seeking two fly-halves

15th January 2014 07:27

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Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies has admitted that the club will look to bring in two fly-halves to replace Freddie Burns.

Burns' departure was confirmed on Tuesday, with the 23-year-old expected to join current Aviva Premiership champions Leicester Tigers.

In replacing the England international, Davies admitted that two new number tens could join the club for next season despite the young talent at Kingsholm.

Stephen Brett, Rhys Priestland and others have all been linked with the club.

"There's been a lot of speculation about Freddie and it's good to get it out of the way and draw a line under it," Davies told the Gloucester Citizen.

"He's been a big part of the squad for five or six years and we're starting to put together a very competitive squad for next season.

"Without a shadow of doubt he would have been in our thoughts but you have to look at your options when a player is coming out of contract. You have to look at the alternatives and what fits best.

"It's a shame he's going but it's an opportunity for us as well and we need to bring players into that position.

"We probably need to recruit two but have some promising 10s here and need to see how they develop.

"First and foremost it's about getting the best possible player we can and we are talking to a few different players. We're keeping our options open.

"There's always a knock-on effect when you construct a squad. We have focused on strengthening the front five and will continue to do so. It's a balancing act - at least one fly-half coming in is vital and most probably there will be two."

Davies also stated that Gloucester would be looking for a fly-half with good control and consistency when it came to goal-kicking.

"The modern-day ten is such a pivotal role and a high level of control and goal-kicking accuracy is required," added Davies.

"These are the basic elements we're looking for - we're in that process and will continue until we finalise something.

"He needs to be very accurate in what he does, a good distributor, able to manage games, kick at the right times, be a good goal kicker and solid in defence. These are a lot of attributes to ask for but playing ten is one of the hardest positions and it's also not an easy one to fill."

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