Bristol Bears are in need of another fly-half after it was confirmed Ian Madigan will be leaving the club in the summer.
The 30-times capped former Leinster player is joining Ulster on a one-year contract at the start of the 2020-21 season.
That leaves Pat Lam with just two recognised number 10s in Callum Sheedy and Tiff Eden. Max Malins, who joins from Saracens on a season-long loan, is a versatile back who can also play fly-half, but they need a playmaking general if they’re going to be title contenders.
However, having already confirmed the big-money signings of England powerhouse Kyle Sinckler and Fijian speedster Semi Radradra, they’d be working on a limited budget.
Here’s a list of four fly-halves who would be seen as great signings for the Bears:
1. Gareth Steenson
The 35-year-old Exeter legend is set to be out of contract in the summer after last signing a two year extension in 2018. Steenson has been at the forefront of Exeter’s rise out of the Championship and their subsequent rise to Premiership champions. If Bristol could convince him to delay retirement, he’d bring a controlling presence on the pitch while helping develop and nurture the likes of Malins and Sheedy off it.