London Welsh target five more signings
July 7, 2014
Justin Burnell (left) and his team celebrate promotion to the Premiership © Getty Images
London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell is hoping to add five more players to the squad in the near future.
The Exiles have already brought in 20 players ahead of their return to the Aviva Premiership with top flight veterans Olly Barkley, Dean Schofield and Tim Molenaar three notable recruits. Burnell wants to add some more faces to the group ahead of their season opener against Exeter Chiefs on September 7 and has revealed they are likely to be from foreign fields.
'We're here to compete, not to make up the numbers'
"We're looking to recruit," Burnell said. "In France there seems to be a merry-go-round and you look at that market with the Georgians, Romanians and Argentineans and the number of Argentineans in France is unbelievable.
"You only have to look at Toulon, it's so cosmopolitan, but no, we're not getting anyone from Toulon. You then look at the Super 15s who are just about coming to a close and there are opportunities within there and then you have the Rugby Championship going on, so it's just a case of continuously turning over the stone.
"We are in a good place and we will be announcing roughly another five signings and they are of Premiership quality. They will make us competitive in there."
For Burnell, he has paid close attention to why teams have failed to retain their top-flight status in the past and wants his side to win at least a third of their opening matches.
"The first batch of six games, we have to pick up a minimum of two games out of there. It's always easier when you have those points in the bag. Unfortunately for Worcester they went on that losing run and it's not a good place to be, that's certainly not being disrespectful to them but we have to pick up wins, there are no excuses.
"When we come to that first block of six we have to go for it, we have to pick up two wins... if we get more than that, happy days."
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Tom Hamilton is the Associate Editor of ESPNscrum.