Having looked over 24 years of transfer data for my list of the 100 best Gallagher Premiership transfers — it is time to go in the opposite direction.
Say goodbye to Schalk Brits and hello to some less fondly remembered arrivals. It’s time for the 5 worst transfers in Gallagher Premiership history.
I tried to keep the rules for determining the worst transfer simple. In short, I wanted to measure the impact a player had on a club versus the impact he would have been expected to have when he signed originally.
I paid special attention to anyone whose story or impact off the pitch was particularly notable.
Honorable mentions: Mark Wilson (Sale Sharks), Gavin Henson (Saracens), JP Pietersen (Leicester Tigers), Richie Gray (Sale Sharks), Chris Ashton (Harlequins)
#5. Jeremy Paul (Gloucester)
What a corker to start off with. The Wallabies legend and World Cup winner joined the club on a three-year contract back in 2007. However, what started off as an exciting signing turned into an expensive mistake for the Cherry & Whites, who have got next to nothing out of the hooker who will have cost them a lot of money. He played only one Premiership game for Glaws in his one season at Kingsholm, departing by mutual consent in July, 2008.