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Burns regrets his handling of Gloucester exit
ESPN Staff
January 21, 2014
Freddie Burns will leave Gloucester at the end of the season © PA Photos
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England fly-half Freddie Burns has conceded he wished he handled talk of his exit from Gloucester differently.

Burns will leave Gloucester at the end of the season and is expected to sign for Leicester. Prior to confirmation of his exit from the Cherry and Whites, Burns admitted talk of his future was putting him off his game.

Looking back now, Burns wish he handled the whole matter differently. "I've learnt masses about myself over the last couple of months, it's been probably the toughest time of my career in terms of not playing well.

"Obviously I had a decision to make, I do wish I'd handled it slightly differently, in terms of not saying anything and focusing on Gloucester.

"But I'll live and learn, and move on, and I'm excited about being here and the opportunity I've got here, and finishing the season on a high with Gloucester. I've learned a lot about myself, I wish I'd handled it slightly differently, but it's happened now and I'll be a better person and a better player because of it."

England head coach Stuart Lancaster retained Burns in his Six Nations squad but has sent him to the Saxons for Saturday's Ireland clash in a bid to play him into form.

Relieved to have his Gloucester departure confirmed, Burns said: "That has helped, I think it's a big weight off my shoulders.

"I see myself as a mentally strong guy who can deal with things off the park as on it, but it's definitely taken a slight effect. It's done now and I can move on though.

"I had a good performance with Gloucester on Sunday and I'm excited to be here with a great young squad and put in a performance at Kingsholm on Saturday."

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