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Gloucester add McColl to list of new arrivals for next season

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

By MIKE BROWN

Steve McColl, right, in action for Leeds

Steve McColl, right, in action for Leeds

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Steve McColl is the latest player to join Gloucester ahead of their assault on next season's Aviva Premiership.

With as many as 25 players due to come out of their current contracts in the summer, Nigel Davies is overseeing a major overhaul of his squad.

The majority of his Cherry & Whites stars have penned fresh terms and a fantastic five new signings are being announced this week.

McColl is the latest addition, making the switch from GKIPA Championship high-flyers Leeds Carnegie to compete with Rob Cook for the full-back jersey at Kingsholm.

The Scottish-born ace is renowned for his try-scoring ability and has touched down seven times in 11 appearances this season.

And Davies has little doubt that the former Edinburgh academy product, who trained with Scotland's autumn international squad, has the ability to hit the ground running in the top flight.

Davies said: "Steve is somebody who stands out at Championship level and anyone who watches Leeds – who play a good brand of rugby and are a good team who will be competing hard to come up this year – will know he has been a big part of their success.

"He's very strong, a very powerful runner from deep, who hits good lines and was part of the Edinburgh academy at one stage, but moved to get some more opportunities.

"As a result of playing in the Championship he's gained a lot of experience and shown his quality.

"I'm very excited about this guy, both him and Mark (Atkinson) can make the step up from the Championship and be a huge success.

"It helps his game that he's playing with a very strong side, he plays behind a good pack of forwards that get on the front foot but he's been very effective, got good stature and is really explosive."

McColl needs to look no further than his rival for the number 15 jersey next season for inspiration and a blueprint to make the jump from Championship to Premiership.

Cook was Davies' first signing at Kingsholm and has been a major success since making the switch from the Cornish Pirates.

The 29-year-old has become a Cherry and White crowd favourite and established himself in the starting line-up following the premature retirement of Olly Morgan.

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