In the Aviva Premiership, there are some serious stars nearing the end of their contracts that have still not been snapped up.
This is a testament to the talent currently at the disposal of England’s top clubs as well as the recruitment being made in the Premiership.
- Danny Cipriani
Perhaps one of the most high profile names on offer leaving his club.
Cipriani is a box office name and it is strange to see the fly-half without any potential suitors this late into the season.
The 30 year old is still an exciting, attacking talent with his good decision making, pace and creativity he drives a team. His energy and enthusiasm are also a credit to a player who has had his fair share of difficulties.
2. Tom Stephenson
The 23 year old Northampton player has not really had many first team chances at Franklins Gardens.
Stephenson is fast and his lighting feet have caught the attention of many a defender whilst Stephenson has been terrorising them.
He is not the most box office name but young, talented centres are hard to come by so it will be strange if nobody brings in the Saints talent before the summer is out.
3. Kane Palma-Newport
Bath born and bred, yet the club are letting the tighthead prop leave his boyhood club.
Kane Palma-Newport is powerful around the park, he punches holes and carries well, the prop gets around easily enough and his work rate is incredibly high.
Not seeing him in the blue, black and white of Bath will be strange but with useful props worth their weight in gold Palma-Newport could be a very good addition to a Premiership club.
4. Stephen Myler
Another Northampton player, the veteran fly-half has been a fantastic servant for the East Midlands giant.
Myler has been one of the leagues most consistent and reliable goal kickers, having a player that can continue keeping the scoreboard ticking over is valuable.
Stephen Myler is the last of a dying breed of fly-half, he is not a Beauden Barrett, Finn Russell or George Ford, he is Mr. Reliable. A man that is surely close to finding a new club.
5. James Haskell
An England international that is set to be without a club following the end of this season.
Haskell has played all over the world England, France, Japan and New Zealand, Haskell has at times been a victim of his versatility with his ability of being able to play across the back row.
James Haskell is a strong defender and a mobile attacker, at 33 he is not getting any younger having said that he still has a lot to offer.
All five of these stars still have much to offer the Premiership and if they are to leave rugby that would be a crying shame.
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