Nigel Davies has begun planning for life after Freddie Burns but admits he would be disappointed if the fly-half has already been ‘tapped up’ by Leicester Tigers.
The England starlet is out of contract in the summer and has been at the subject of intense speculation linking him to the East Midlands club.
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has publically stated Burns would be atop of his shopping list should Toby Flood confirm his move to France.
And it is now understood a three-year deal has been struck – something that would frustrate Davies with clubs banned from making contact with a contracted player until January 1, under Premiership regulations.
Davies said: “I would be disappointed. There are laws and rules, and there is reality.
“We all understand what actually happens. It is not just Freddie, it is across the board and I think it needs to be looked at.
"If these things are going on they have to be stopped, if that is what the rules and regulations are.
“However we have not got anything to say about any players publicly right now and when we do we will make those comments.”
Out of favour Burns was once again left on the bench during yesterday’s (Sun) 22-19 victory over London Irish.
He has previously admitted the uncertainty over his future is affecting his on field performances and did not see a minute of action in the 12-6 triumph over Worcester Warriors.
He did come on to slot a crucial second-half penalty against Irish and Davies admits he would be a major loss to the Cherry and Whites.
But he insists no player is irreplaceable.
Davies said: "It is the nature of sport. I have lost lots of important players because they move on. You have to be able to react, deal with it and look to bring new players in.
"Any player that you want to hold on to is a loss but you have to react to it and deal with things.
"I have been delighted with the new signings and the re-signings that we have made. We are building and growing the squad.
“We have got a specific way of playing in mind and next year we will look to strengthen the squad to be able to do that.”
Davies has already compiled a list of potential suitors for when the worst kept transfer secret this season is confirmed, with Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland and New Zealander Stephen Brett on his radar.
Twelvetrees slotted into the number 10 jersey once again at the Madejski Stadium and orchestrated with aplomb and Davies paid tribute to the former Tiger’s selfless performance.
But he has ruled out a permanent switch to fly-half and reckons his long-term future remains as a centre of attention.
He added: "We have looked around all the players. This game these days is a little like Moneyball.
"It is as important what we do off the field in terms of recruitment in particular as what we do on the field. Recruitment is a huge part of any successful rugby team.
“When you look at the consistent top 10s and they are solid, very pivotal in the game, act as that pivot between backs and forwards, put the team in the right areas, are defensively sound and kick their goals.
“In the context of that Billy fits most of those characteristics but he still wants to play 12 with the option of 10 as well.”