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Gloucester Rugby: Freddie Burns departure confirmed

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

Gloucester have dropped Freddie Burns to the bench

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Gloucester have finally confirmed the worst kept secret at Kingsholm – that Freddie Burns will quit the club at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old who is out of contract in the summer has been targeted by several high-profile clubs.

And he will bring an end to a five-year spell at the Cherry and Whites to pen a long term deal with Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers.

Nigel Davies said: “A number of players are out of contract at the end of the season, and I’ve been pleased to date with those who have re-signed, including the likes of Sione Kalamafoni, Henry Trinder and Billy Twelvetrees.

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“Attention has naturally turned to Freddie Burns’ situation and, despite lengthy dialogue, we have decided to part company.

“Therefore, we feel that it is important to clarify the situation. Doubtless, a statement on Freddie’s future club will be made in due course. However, in terms of Gloucester Rugby, we know where we stand and we will move forward accordingly.

“Freddie has made a tremendous contribution to Gloucester Rugby and, when he does leave us at the end of the season, everyone at the Club will wish him well.

“Until that time however, I know that Freddie will be fully committed to Gloucester Rugby and that he will be determined to help us be as successful as possible this season."

The England fly-half is rated as one of the hottest properties in the Premiership and has made 99 appearances for the club and racked up more than 800 points since bursting onto the scene in 2009.

But he has suffered from a loss of form this season and cited uncertainty over his future as a cause for concern.

He was dropped to the bench for the recent victories over Worcester Warriors and London Irish but returned to the starting line-up following a groin injury to Henry Trinder.

But despite his impending departure the mercurial play-maker insists he remains fully committed to the cause for the remainder of the season.

Burns said: “I’ve had a lot of things to consider regarding my future in recent months, and it’s not been easy. But I’m still a Gloucester player and will be giving it 100%, as I always have done, whenever I pull on the shirt.

“Gloucester have been incredibly supportive, they have been ever since I first joined the club. I have so many people to be grateful to. Whatever happens in the future, it all started here for me and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

Davies will now step up his recruitment drive for a new fly-half. The Cherry and Whites appear set to miss out on one target in Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland, who is on the verge of signing a new deal with the Scarlets.

But Stephen Brett, Santiago Fernandez, Johan Goosen and Matthew Morgan all remain targets for the club.

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  • alex-bound  |  January 15 2014, 8:52PM

    This is all well and good but what a club like Gloucester Rugby really should be doing is to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our first choice and most talented tight head prop, starts as many games for Gloucester as is possible.

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  • Roon57  |  January 15 2014, 8:47PM

    Harden has class, there is no doubt about that. He is Gloucester's number one tight head by merit.

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  • walker1150  |  January 15 2014, 8:44PM

    Harden has had a storming season. It is no wonder he is selected to start the most games of all the front row forwards. And not just any old games. It is the key games where you need your best players.

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  • Newilldon  |  January 15 2014, 8:40PM

    Harden has been an absolute star this season. He deserves an early contract renewal for the great effort he has put in this season.

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  • Adamskill  |  January 15 2014, 8:35PM

    Harden = Top Man = Top tighthead.

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  • walker1150  |  January 15 2014, 8:20PM

    Harden is the number 1 tight head at Gloucester Rugby. If the sad lonely old mad and multi-ID troll, "NOT-A-rugbylover" aka the BANNED "glawsteruk1" (or is it "uk2" today) aka "GlosAnarchy " aka the chippy "peh45" aka "Django_G", ever gets to a Gloucester Rugby game he could see that for himself but he never goes to any games because the matron at his home never lets him out, so he spends all his lonely hours on the net trolling. He doesn't even support Gloucester anyway.

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  • alex-bound  |  January 15 2014, 8:08PM

    Oh which troll shall he be today? Is glawsteruk1 or glawsteruk2 or maybe he's NOTArugbylover or peh45. Whichever one he decides he is, he will invariably be absolutely clueless. #Harden owns the number 3 shirt. He has no real competition for it.

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  • Roon57  |  January 15 2014, 8:00PM

    Harden is a class act. There is no doubt about it. The Gloucester Rugby hating troll multi-identity troll, "NOT-A-rugbylover" aka the BANNED "glawsteruk1" (or is it "uk2" today) aka "GlosAnarchy " aka the chippy "peh45" aka "Django_G" THINKS he knows better than the coaches at Gloucester who put Harden in as the first choice tight head but no one is paying the troll for his rugby brain. Not that he even has one.

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  • Adamskill  |  January 15 2014, 7:21PM

    Harden = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head. No doubt about it!

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  • alex-bound  |  January 15 2014, 7:03PM

    ...And up pops the very Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-identity troll, "NOT-A-rugbylover" aka the BANNED "glawsteruk1" (or is it "uk2" today) aka "GlosAnarchy " aka the chippy "peh45" aka "Django_G", with his usual drivel demonstrating again that he hasn't got the first clue about rugby union. Remember, he has never been to any Gloucester Rugby games and he has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the players are. He most certainly has never, ever played the game and, once again, he has just proven how clueless and dull he is.

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