LEICESTER boss Richard Cockerill has confirmed Freddie Burns will be “a good fit” at Welford Road next season.
Gloucester confirmed the fly-half will be leaving the Cherry and Whites at the end of the season on Monday, but did not stipulate where the 23-year-old is headed.
Rumours he has signed a three-year deal with the Tigers have been circulating, while Burns’ form dipped and he was dropped to the bench for Gloucester’s festive double victory over Worcester and London Irish.
But with Toby Flood Toulouse-bound at the end of the season, Cockerill is searching for a fly-half to fill the void the 60-cap England fly-half will leave.
Cockerill said: “Having the right fly-half for your team is vital.
“Toby stays very flat on the gain line and attacks the whole time. We are a different side without him, like New Zealand without Dan Carter.
“If Burns were to come here, I would like to think his game would be a good fit. He has always played well against Leicester. He is very spiky and instinctive.
“We are not a club that fanfares signings. We don’t need the kudos of a big announcement.
“We want to get players here and work with them.
“You would want to keep Toby and he will be very difficult to replace. But Toby developed hugely here and we would expect the same of whoever comes.
“They will have to compete for their place. It is one thing being in the team, it is another being good in the team.
“The objective is not just to make the side. You have to be in that team and help it win. Everyone is under pressure for their spots here. That’s the way Leicester is.”
Burns, who admits he has been out of form while pondering his future, missed the cut for the Six Nations Squad travelling to France on February 1, and instead will play for England Saxons against Irish Wolfhounds on January 25 at Kingsholm.