Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish have already lined up a player to replace Jamie Gibson, their highly rated flanker who is set to leave the club at the end of the season and move to the record winners of the Aviva Premiership the Leicester Tigers.
It is expected that the club is set to announce deals to sign at least two new years over the next few days. It is also being believed that negotiations are in advanced stages with a back row forward at this very moment.
It has been reported that Gibson is leaving The Exiles to link up with his former team mates at the Welford Road club with the likes of Adam Thompstone, Dan Bowden and Richard Thorpe having already made the switch from the London Irish to the Leicester Tigers. The Tigers, as a rule, postpone any announcement of a potential player signing till the end of the season but according to the local media, they have agreed a deal with Gibson, who was part of the England squad that visited South Africa in the summer last year.
The 22 year old back row forward was not named in the squad for the Reading side ahead of last weekend’s match against the Northampton Saints before being included in the last moments. With five games remaining till the end of the season, The Exiles are not in a good position and are just five points off the relegation zone.
And according to Brian Smith, the Director of Rugby of the London Irish, the club needs to have a core of players who are committed and passionate about the cause of the club and will be extremely committed whenever they take the field for the team, no matter what the situation they are in.