Dragons push on with hunt for a 10
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons’ hunt for an experienced number 10 goes on despite being knocked back by Andy Goode and Nicky Robinson.
Ex-England pivot Goode this week confirmed his move to Wasps while former Wales fly-half Robinson opted for a three-year deal with Bristol in the English Championship.
The Dragons’ negotiations with the pair got to the advanced stage but neither put pen to paper.
The region continue to pursue non-Welsh targets in key positions and have a number of offers on the table.
“The key positions that we have looked to recruit are tighthead prop, outside half, second row and potentially a midfield player,” said director of rugby Robert Beale.
“Myself and (head coach) Darren Edwards have put a lot of effort in but unfortunately other offers were made at the 11th hour.
“Andy Goode and Nicky Robinson were two very experienced outside halves that Darren and his coaching team felt would add to our squad.
“The moves fell through at the last minute but that doesn’t alter our recruitment strategy. We are working in a tough environment but are determined to push on and currently have offers out there in the key positions.
“We do have the money, and we are grateful to the board for increasing our budget, but we need to make sure we get the right player at the right price. We need to spend wisely.”
The Dragons plan to operate with a squad of around 40 to 42 players.
Meanwhile, the region are poised to agree a three-year deal with kit and equipment manufacturers Gilbert.