Jonny May's next club has been revealed, it's a bit of a surprise - Ruck

Jonny May’s next club has been revealed, it’s a bit of a surprise

According to Rugby Pass, former England winger Jonny May, who was announced this week as leaving Gloucester, is waiting to see which Pro D2 team gets promoted.

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The report indicates that May is among several players released by Premiership clubs who are monitoring which teams will advance to the French top flight next season.

The 34-year-old will bid farewell to his second stint with the Cherry and Whites, having previously played for them before a three-year tenure at Leicester Tigers from 2017 to 2020.

Following England’s Rugby World Cup campaign, where they secured third place, May retired from international duty.

Director of Rugby, George Skivington, commented:

“There’s no doubt that Jonny leaves as a true legend of Gloucester Rugby.

“He’ll be remembered here for his countless tries, his finishing ability and raw speed which was second to none.

“But what people from the outside don’t see is the hard work and attention to detail that Jonny puts in behind the scenes to make himself one of the best try scorers in the world.

“We’ve got some exciting young wingers coming through, that have learnt a lot from Jonny, and we’re excited to see how they develop in the future.”

Speaking on the podcast, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, May previously said: “My update for next season is that I am unlikely to be at Gloucester. That is just one of those things.

“But I am fully committed to giving everything I have got for these remaining games and it is amazing to be in this European [Challenge Cup] competition and hopefully, I get to play in the semi-final [against Benetton] in a week’s time.”

Despite being strongly linked with a move to Saracens, May has revealed he will likely be heading overseas.

“I’d imagine it will be overseas just because I wouldn’t really want to go to another Premiership club I don’t think. I sound ancient now.

“I think I’ve done 15 seasons in the Premiership and my intention after the World Cup was to stay at Gloucester and do one more season at Gloucester and I really wanted to do that, and that hasn’t worked out and that’s nobody’s fault.

“Gloucester’s been a great club for me, amazing club, it’s my home and I really did want to stay. It hasn’t quite worked out but that doesn’t change I feel towards the end of the season. With my little baby, maybe I will play abroad for a season or two.

“There is nothing concrete for me, hopefully something comes up but I’m fully focused on the Gloucester stuff until the end of the season.”

Career after rugby:

May, who has ventured into podcasting, discussed his exploration of post-playing opportunities, including the potential of joining the fire service with the RAF.

He said: “I am still hoping to play for the next couple of years or year, I am not quite ready to stop playing yet, but the RAF could help me come in during the off-season.

“It would help me get a bit of a foot up while I am still playing.”

Highest-paid rugby players in the world:

The recent disclosure of the earnings of some of rugby’s most prominent figures illuminates the lucrative landscape at the pinnacle of the sport.

As reported by Wales Online, let’s delve deeper into the earnings of today’s highest-paid rugby players.

Siya Kolisi (South Africa) – £800,000

Siya Kolisi, the inspirational Springbok captain, has enjoyed considerable success both on and off the field. His reported salary of £800,000 at Racing 92 reflects his value to the team and his standing as one of the sport’s most influential figures.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Maro Itoje (England) – £800,000

Maro Itoje, the towering English lock, has been the subject of considerable speculation regarding his future earnings. While his reported salary of £800,000 with Saracens is impressive, potential hybrid deals with the RFU could see his income increase even further, highlighting his importance to both club and country.

Maro Itoje of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)