Premiership side Gloucester could be set for a massive shake-up.
GloucestershireLive have reported that three of Gloucester’s most instrumental playmakers could be in line for a potential transfer. Matt Kvesic, James Hook and Ben Morgan are all said to be leaving Castle Grim.
With the possible departure of three significant squad members, where will Gloucester invest to fill the hole?
Matt Kvesic last week is alleged to have carried out a medical at fellow south-western club, the Exeter Chiefs. The back-rower currently overlooked by Eddie Jones has reportedly signed a contract with the Chiefs as his current deal runs out in the summer.
Kvesic topped the premiership turnovers statistics last season.
James Hook is also believed to be leaving Castle Grim, as opportunity to re-sign for a native region such as the Ospreys across the border may be too tempting. Like Kvesic, Hook’s contract runs out at the season’s end.
The Welshmen still has ambitions to represent his country and currently overlooked due to Gatland Law – Hook is therefore likely to return to Wales for the hope of a reigniting of his international career.
Signing for Gloucester from Perpignan, Hook has become one of the playmakers within the Kingsholm squad. The loss of James hook leaves the positions of full-back and fly-half very vulnerable inside of Castle Grim. The possible departure of James Hook adds fuel to the fire at a possible signing of Jean-Marc Doussain but this is only a speculation.
The same fate could apply to the Welsh hooker Richard Hibbard, but he is said to be happy to re-sign with the Cherry and Whites if possible.
Ben Morgan, the big ball-carrying number eight is also likely to be leaving the Cherry and Whites at the end of his contract.
With potential contracts on offer from the likes of Leicester and like Kvesic, Exeter Chiefs, the money and table position of the two clubs would be an attractive proposition. Although not confirmed, Morgan has likely caught the attention of Richard Cockerill and Rob Baxter.
Losing three influential players in any squad is heart-breaking but in a squad performing like Gloucester are it’s a severe blow to morale.
The more experienced players in the squad leaving sets a tone for the rest of the squad seeing those players walk out.
With a significant volume of income from high profile players potentially leaving, Gloucester must invest in top-class replacements.
The Cherry and White faithful must remain just that, faithful.
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