Gloucester Rugby are still looking to strengthen the squad ahead of the new season head coach George Skivington has confirmed.
The Cherry and Whites have been busy in recent weeks, signing free agent Jamie Gibson after the flanker’s time at Northampton Saints came to an end and completing loan deals for Cornish Pirates prop Jack Tyack and full back Kyle Moyle until January.
The club have also confirmed new deals for Chris Harris, Matt Garvey, Jack Clement, Stephen Varney, Lloyd Evans, Tom Seabrook, Todd Gleave, Ciaran Knight and Alex Seville.
But Gloucester are not done yet with The Rugby Paper reporting the club are in search of a back-up fly-half option behind Danny Cipriani and Evans.
Speaking just 11 days ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season away at Leicester Tigers, Skivington told Gloucestershire Live : “There will probably be one or two [more signings].
“We are talking to certain people and we are planning ahead, myself and Alex Brown. We are working very hard on that sort of thing. As you have seen we have extended a lot of players’ deals anyway.”
Since the departure of director of rugby David Humphreys in the summer, hot on the heels of head coach Johan Ackermann, former second row Brown has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer.
The club opted not to replace the director of rugby position, with former commercial director Brown taking on more rugby related responsibilities including recruitment and regulatory issues, leaving Skivington to concentrate on the playing side.
Skivington continued: “There could be one or two but we are being careful who we bring into the environment because it is absolutely key that we have good people who are here for the right reasons.
“So far we have been fortunate that they are good guys, and we have done our homework on them, don’t get me wrong.
“It is an interesting time in the rugby market at the moment to see who is available and how much they cost.”
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Skivington continued: “We got an opportunity at the end of last year as coaches and players to understand each other, and we have got a very good understanding now between everyone at the club as to what our foundations are and where we want to go.
“We have made good strides towards that and what we want to stand for as a group.”
With money tight due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Gloucester looking to put emphasis on developing players through the academy, and getting ‘more Gloucester boys playing for Gloucester Rugby’ as CEO Lance Bradle put it this week, it seems unlikely the club will spend big, but new arrivals are certainly on the cards.