Gloucester Rugby: Nigel Davies in bid to sign Matt Kvesic
GLOUCESTER are confident they can coax highly-rated new England flanker Matt Kvesic to Kingsholm.
The Cherry and Whites have emerged as front-runners for the potential-rich Worcester openside's signature for next season.
The Citizen understands 20-year-old Kvesic is weighing up offers from the Warriors, Bath and Gloucester.
But the Cherry and Whites believe their offer represents the best all-round package for the natural forager.
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The Kingsholm club believe they can sway Kvesic's decision with far more than just a competitive contract offer.
Gloucester bosses are proud of the immediate stability Nigel Davies has brought to the club, following the fallout from the Bryan Redpath era.
Add in the solid financial foundations with Gloucester firmly in the black, and the Cherry and Whites have sold Kvesic the vision of a long-term future for him at the club.
Evergreen 34-year-old openside Andy Hazell should take up a new contract to continue with his hometown and only professional club.
Former Worcester loose forward Matt Cox is under contract for next season, but Gloucester are keen to add another frontline genuine openside option to their squad.
Rugby director Davies believes there is room for Hazell, Cox and Kvesic to compete predominantly for the Kingsholm seven shirt.
Should Gloucester pull off the real coup of snaring Kvesic – one of the league's most in-demand assets – the Cherry and Whites would relish the idea of boasting Cox and Kvesic as their long-term openside options.
Cox has long been viewed as a long-term openside option at Kingsholm, and boss Davies is keen to see him develop there.
His opportunities have been hindered by Akapusi Qera's impressive form, but the determination of Kingsholm bosses to see Cox succeed has not diminished whatsoever.
There is a dearth of natural openside flankers in the modern game, and Gloucester now possess plenty of power, strike-running back-rower options.
Sione Kalamafoni and Ben Morgan have helped transform Gloucester's back-row this term, while wrecking-ball carrier and tackler Qera has been in a rich vein of form too.
But Fijian Qera is not a natural openside in the turnover-hunter role, and Davies would love an extra option.
There is the suggestion that cash-rich Bath may be able to offer Kvesic a more lucrative deal for next term.
But Gloucester are confident they can provide their target with the best all-round option, and the perfect place to fulfil his potential.