Aviva Premiership: Tom Lindsay to join Gloucester from Wasps
Wasps hooker excited for new challenge at Kingsholm as he looks to achieve his potential with the Cherry and Whites
Tom Lindsay believes he will be able to achieve his potential when he swaps Wasps for Gloucester in the summer.
I feel that the time is now right for me to experience a new environment to help me really develop and achieve my potential.
Tom Lindsay on his move to Gloucester
The 27-year-old hooker, who has made 84 Aviva Premiership appearances, will be a more than capable challenger to Darren Dawidiuk and Wales international Richard Hibbard for a place in the Cherry and Whites’ match-day squad.
Lindsay has spent all of his rugby career at Wasps after joining their junior academy from Saracens Academy aged 16, progressing to make his first-team debut as a replacement against Newport Gwent Dragons at Adams Park back in November 2008.
“I have so many good memories of my time at Wasps and will continue to give nothing less than 100 per cent in my remaining time at the club,” Lindsay told GloucesterRugby.co.uk.
“I owe a lot of people there a big thank you, but I feel that the time is now right for me to experience a new environment to help me really develop and achieve my potential.
“The opportunity to move to Gloucester is an exciting one, and one I’m really looking to when the time arises.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing at Kingsholm, it’s a great, traditional rugby venue and, with the city hosting Rugby World Cup matches in 2015, it’s going to be a great place to be next season.
“The squad for next season is really taking shape, I was very impressed with David Humphreys’ vision for the future of the club and it’ll be good to be part of it.”
Lindsay becomes the eighth player already confirmed to be moving to Kingsholm for the 2015/16 season.
His set piece work is good, he carries the ball well, he’s English qualified with a lot of experience, and we hope has his best years ahead of him.
Gloucester boss David Humphreys on Tom Lindsay
Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys has been busy scouring the world to bolster his squad for next season and has already snapped up seven players ahead of the Rugby World Cup with three imports from New Zealand, including All Blacks lock Jeremy Thrush.
But players closer to home have also been on the Ulsterman’s radar with young prop Nicky Thomas snapped up from the Ospreys and experienced, versatile Harlequins prop Paul Doran-Jones making a return to Kingsholm.
“We are delighted to be bringing a player of Tom’s quality and experience to the squad for next season,” Humphreys said.
“His set piece work is good, he carries the ball well, he’s English qualified with a lot of experience, and we hope has his best years ahead of him.
“Next season is unique due to the delayed start of the Aviva Premiership and the intensity of the season after the RWC will test the depth of every squad.
“We are preparing for that and continue to build a squad with quality players competing for each starting spot.”
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young paid tribute to Lindsay for his contribution to the club over the last 11 years, and he expects the hooker to go well at his new club.
“After such a long association with Wasps, it is sad to see Tom leaving, but I completely understand his desire to embark on a new challenge after 11 years,” Young said.
“Tom is a terrific lad who has shown fantastic commitment to the club.
“Everyone has always known of his huge potential, and he has shown glimpses of that potential here with Wasps.
“Sometimes a new environment can help a player to fulfil that potential, and I expect this new challenge will give Tom the opportunity to really kick on, and I know he will do a great job for Gloucester.”