Gloucester Rugby: Progress on keeping hold of top stars - Davies
NIGEL Davies is confident he will now retain all Gloucester's top talents for next term, as his squad for 2013/14 starts to take shape.
The Cherry and Whites boss believes there will be no repeat of the loss of captain Jim Hamilton, who will leave Kingsholm under extraordinary circumstances in the summer.
Hamilton has taken up a big-money offer to join Montpellier, with Gloucester receiving a transfer fee for his early release.
Rugby director Davies is busy trying to attract new recruits to the Cherry and Whites cause for next term.
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But he is also putting the final touches to retaining the bulk of Gloucester's out-of-contract current stars.
And the former Wales centre expects to finalise a host of new contracts shortly.
Jonny May and Tom Savage sealed new deals before the turn of the year, and Davies revealed negotiations elsewhere are all-but complete.
The likes of Nick Wood, Dan Murphy, Dan Robson, Koree Britton and Shane Monahan can be expected to be among the group to which Davies refers – and that simply as a starting point.
Davies explained: "I can understand if some of the supporters get a bit twitchy, but I would tell them not to worry.
"We are pretty well advanced with a lot of that work, and I am confident everyone we want to stay will do so now.
"There's always a lot to consider on the contract front, negotiations can be quite delicate and it's important to keep that in mind at all times.
"But we're well advanced with all of that and that's a good position to be in.
"Because of the nature of the squad, with the number of players on longer-term contracts, there is not a huge amount of scope for big change in the first instance.
"But we don't want to make big changes either, so that all ties together well.
"Continuity is the main thing for us, it's going to be important, as this squad has a lot of potential and we're excited about working to fulfil that in the long term."