Scotland rugby captain Greig Laidlaw is set for a move to English Premiership side Gloucester.
The 28-year-old Edinburgh Rugby star is out of contract in the summer and is believed to have been the subject of a recent enquiry from Grenoble before the French side realised they would be breaking their quota of overseas signings.
Laidlaw’s ability to play both scrum half and stand off at top level is a major attraction to Gloucester. Reports today suggest an announcement is imminent on a new signing at Kingsholm Stadium, with the man who led Scotland in the last two rounds of the Six Nations Championship in the frame. When the Evening News raised the subject of a new contract recently with one-club man Laidlaw, he was non-committal about his rugby future.
However, recent events at Edinburgh hint at some upheaval. Up-and-coming scrum halves Sean Kennedy and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne were recently paraded as a double-signing and Scottish-qualified New Zealand import Grayson Hart has been in fine form recently, culminating in two tries against Ospreys last Friday.
Ironically, Hart’s first start for Edinburgh was this season at Gloucester in the European Cup while Laidlaw was being rested and a famous victory ensued.
Since then, Hart has gone on to gain a Scotland A cap.
Gloucester have a vacancy to fill, with their stand off Freddie Burns about to join Leicester.
If a deal goes through taking Laidlaw to Gloucester, he will be following in the footsteps of another Scotland captain and goal-kicker in Chris Paterson.
Capped 27 times, Laidlaw is the fifth highest scorer in Scottish rugby history, with a total of 235 points, some 31 behind Dan Parks.
A one-club man so far, Laidlaw has made 135 appearances for Edinburgh, notching 582 points.
• HOOKER Dimitri Szarzewski today became the latest French player to be ruled out of Saturday’s Six Nations match with Scotland at Murrayfield.
Szarzewski has an ankle injury and is replaced by 18 times capped Perpignan hooker, Guilhem Guirado, as France seek their first away win in the championship since their 2012 visit to Edinburgh.
Earlier, Louis Picamoles was dropped for disrespecting a referee, Morgan Parra is suspended for head-butting an opponent, and Wesley Fofana was ruled out through injury.