Gloucester get hands on Hook
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:53
They have huge ambitions
Gloucester have made a massive play by signing Welsh star James Hook from recently relegated French Top 14 club, Perpignan.
Hook follows the likes of John Afoa, Mariano Galarza, Richard Hibbard and Greig Laidlaw amongst others, to join the club who seem to be showing a renewed statement of intent.
It is a significant achievement by Gloucester given the level of interest in the player from around the world.
First capped by his country against Australia in 2006, Hook has gone on to win 75 caps for Wales as well as featuring for the British and Irish Lions on the tour of South Africa in 2009.
His last competitive outing was starting at flyhalf for the Possibles against the Probables in the Wales Trial match at the Liberty Stadium and is set to fly out to South Africa with Wales on Thursday.
Upon his return, however, Hook will be linking up with his new Gloucester Rugby team mates and it's a prospect he is looking forward to immensely as he told the Gloucester Rugby website on Tuesday.
"I would like to thank everyone at Perpignan for the past three years, which have been memorable.
"It's very disappointing to see the side relegated, but I'm sure they will bounce right back and I sincerely hope they do so.
"However, I'm absolutely delighted to be embarking upon the next exciting phase of my career as a Gloucester Rugby player.
"I was fortunate to have a number of options, but what stood out for me when I spoke to Stephen Vaughan was how much Gloucester wanted me to be part of their plans.
"They have huge ambitions and made it clear to me the role they wanted me to play in that.
"The talent in the squad is terrific, the training facilities are top notch and it's a wonderful area for myself and my family to settle in.
"And I had a taste of the Kingsholm atmosphere last season when I played here for Perpignan.
"That was phenomenal and I can't wait to experience that again.
"The prospect of playing for Gloucester in the Premiership is massively exciting.
"It's a new challenge, but one I'm looking forward to hugely.
"I can't wait to get started.”
|South African news|
|» Preview: Wales v South Africa|
|» Gatland: What pressure?|
|» Are the Boks being French-fried?|
|» Cronje called up to the Boks|
|» Wales change three for Boks|