Walkinshaw: No more signings for Gloucester
July 22, 2014
Ryan Walkinshaw is predicting a bright future for Gloucester under David Humphreys © Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester chairman Ryan Walkinshaw says the club have spent up to the salary cap and there is no room left to bring in any extra players as the new coaching staff beds into life at Kingsholm.
Gloucester have been through a mass upheaval in the off-season with a new coaching staff brought in, working under newly-appointed director of rugby David Humphreys, and a number of players also recruited. They have focused on bolstering their front-row with both John Afoa and Richard Hibbard arriving while James Hook and Greig Laidlaw have been added to their options at half-back.
The majority of those signings were made by Nigel Davies' regime and although the club now have a new coaching staff in place, they will have to work with the players at their disposal rather than bringing in their own.
"We are right up to the salary cap and there is no more to do," Walkinshaw told the Gloucester Citizen. "That can obviously change during a season with injury dispensations but the squad is complete and this is what you will see this season. This is the most exciting squad we have had in a very long time and there's not a single penny left."
Last season fell well below Gloucester's expectations and ended up with Davies being shown the door. In Walkinshaw's mind part of the reasons for the club's poor showing were the scrum, their defence and poor kicking from the tee but he is optimistic Humphreys is the man to lead the team forward.
"I would like to get the playing group back to the level where they should be and we have been taking steps to do that. I'm very confident David Humphreys is the man who can take us several steps forward. He will be a pure director of rugby like you see at Harlequins and Ulster and that works very well. I'm sure he will deliver a lot of positive change.
"Off the field I want to ensure the steady growth of the club and to continue to improve the commercial side. We are in a good position with our partners and have a great fan base. We have to build on that fan base and continue to ensure we deliver top-end commercial services on a match day.
"It is hard to look too long term because as you have seen with the changes in European rugby this year things can change rapidly. But the dream goal is to have the club regularly up there with the ability to win the Premiership, competing in top tier European finals while sustainable on the commercial side."
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