Gloucester confirm Burns departure

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Gloucester have confirmed what has been rumoured for some time now – fly-half Freddie Burns will leave the club at the end of the season.

His destination for next season is yet to be confirmed, but with England teammate Toby Flood leaving the Tigers to embark on a French adventure with Toulouse, it is widely believed that Welford Road will be his destination.

A statement on the club website read: “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,” said Nigel Davies, the club’s director of rugby.

“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.

“As always, any statement regarding player signings will made via official channels at the appropriate time.

“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.”

While he will not be a Cherry and Whites player beyond the current campaign, Burns used the statement to underline his commitment to the cause for the rest of the season.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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4 comments on “Gloucester confirm Burns departure

  1. Obviously no surprises here, I expect Leicester to announce something in the next few days. It’s a great opportunity for him, and I really expect him to excel there.

    My only issue is if Gloucester try and hi-jack our move for Priestland. Hands off, he’s on his way to Wasps, I’m sure of it!

  2. thank god that is over,

    speaking as a Tigers fan I am very happy. This is a weak Tigers team and this could be the start of a next generation that excels again.

    /for burns this is a great move, The cherry and whites are not giveing him the chance to play the game he excels at, playing behind a tigers pack will give him the chance to develop into an international fly-half and maybe if this world cup will come to soon he could be there in the future.

    • I’m surprised you think this is a weak Tigers team? They are decimated by injuries currently, but this Tigers team are the Premiership Champions and 6 of them went of a Lions tour last summer.