Hume left waiting in the wings for his big chance to impress
GLOUCESTER cannot find room for USA Eagles wing Luke Hume in their squad this season.
But the 25-year-old Sydney-born flyer still hopes to win himself a long-term Kingsholm future.
The Citizen understands Gloucester may well offer former Sydney Roosters NRL man Hume a full-time deal for next season.
Ten-cap USA wing Hume has impressed in A League action for Gloucester United in a Kingsholm trial.
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His time with the Cherry and Whites has now come to an end though – for this season, at least.
Hume was hoping Gloucester would add him to their squad for this term as an injury dispensation signing, while Shane Monahan recovers from his dislocated shoulder.
But rugby director Nigel Davies and the Cherry and Whites board have decided against spending money on top of the salary cap at this stage – as much to keep their powder dry in case of other injury later in the season as anything else.
Gloucester boss Davies has been impressed with Hume's ability to open up defences thanks to his quick feet.
Former Wales centre Davies has already talked about the need to bolster Gloucester's back-three strength in depth for next season and beyond.
And now it seems Hume could be primed to add to that mix for next term.
Gloucester United face Leicester Tigers in A League action at Welford Road tonight (kick-off 7.30pm), fielding a powerful team.
After losing out 13-12 at Sale a fortnight back the Cherry and Whites will be keen to add to their win over Worcester.
The likes of scrum-half Tavis Knoyle and Ryan Mills are poised to start against the Tigers, with Rob Thirlby's side keen to get back on the winning track.