Rugby legend welcomes Ed Slater to Gloucester after move
Rugby World Cup winner Phil Vickery was quick to take to Twitter, welcoming Ed Slater to the club after the back-rower completed his move from Leicester.
The move saw England winger Jonny May head to Welford Road. It is understood that the Tigers have also paid their Aviva Premiership rivals a cash sum for a player who scored 62 tries in 138 appearances for Gloucester.
Vickery, who made over 145 appearances for Gloucester between 1995 and 2006, nevertheless was happy to see Slater signing for the Cherry and Whites.
Welcome to Gloucester Ed, I hope you can bring some of Leicester mentality to the club
— Phil Vickery MBE DL (@Phil_Vickery) August 7, 2017
He tweeted: “Welcome to Gloucester Ed, I hope you can bring some of Leicester mentality to the club”
Slater leaves the Tigers having made 136 appearances and with a Premiership winner’s medal from the 2012-13 season.
“We are really happy that Ed Slater has agreed to join Gloucester,” Cherry and Whites director of rugby David Humphreys said.
“I have long been an admirer of Ed. Through With his leadership, experience and power he can add to our forward pack and we have tried to bring him to Kingsholm in the past previously.
“We firmly believe that Gloucester is an exciting club to be at, with a bright future under Johan Ackermann, and we are excited to see what Ed can bring to the Cherry and White jersey.
“We’ve made no secret of our intent to have an abrasive forward unit and Ed’s skillset is exactly what we have been looking for.”