JAMES BAILEY has officially ended his time at Kingsholm and
is currently looking for a new club.
The winger had been hopeful of a transfer to French outfit
Toulon, but that move has fallen through in the last month,
making him a free agent.
Bailey, who turned 25 yesterday, was offered a new contract
by Gloucester but took the decision to look elsewhere at the
back end of last season after four years with the club.
“The club and I came to a mutual agreement that I would
leave,” he said.
“I felt I wasn't getting the number of first team
opportunities I needed to show what I can do at this stage of
“I leave with no bad feeling. I have met some great friends
and had a great time playing rugby for Gloucester.
“Hopefully our paths will cross again in the future.”
Bailey, who joined from rivals Bristol in 2004, says there
are clubs both at home and in France interested in his
He is also pursuing a central contract with the England
Sevens outfit, with the World Cup in the shortened form of the
game coming up this season.
This after the Toulon move was called off just as Bailey was
due to fly out and sign.
“I think the deal went flat after Toulon failed to sign Dan
Carter,” he said.
“They wanted to sign a high profile southern hemisphere
player so everything was put on hold when that fell
“Now they've signed Sonny Bill Williams (from rugby league)
and haven't been back in touch.”
Bailey, known for his raw speed, made 48 starts for
Gloucester and scored 13 tries during his time at
His most famous try came against Wasps at Kingsholm in the
2005/2006 season, finishing off a length of the field move
involving Ryan Lamb and James Simpson-Daniel.
“Sinbad was the major part of that move, but it was nice to
finish it off,” Bailey added.
Personal highlights for the London-born star include winning
the Middlesex Sevens in 2005 and the European Challenge Cup
final win in 2006.
He said: “The sevens win sticks out because it was a team
full of young guys out to show what they could do. And winning
the Challenge Cup was big because of the style of rugby we
played along the way to the final.
“I'll never forget either day.”
Bailey made just 10 starts for Gloucester last season, but
attracted plaudits for his performances when asked to switch to
full back due to injuries and players being called up to