Clubless Voyce could retire
June 25, 2012
Tom Voyce might be forced to hang up his boots © Getty Images
Tom Voyce has conceded that he may be forced to hang up his boots after failing to find a new club ahead of next season.
Voyce's contract with Gloucester expired at the end of last season and despite various potential avenues giving the winger hope, he is still without a club. He had interest from France and hoped to attract a suitor in the Aviva Premiership - with London Irish one option - but he claims that they are favouring younger wingers.
"I was hoping to find a club in the UK or France but it has been difficult and because of the current state of the market place my agent has been struggling.," Voyce told Sky Sports. "I'm now in limbo really as to whether I carry on or call it a day and find work away from rugby - and with pre-season starting it is looking more unlikely that I will find a club. It is frustrating as I have been lucky with injuries so my body is still in good shape and I feel I have got a good few years left in me yet.
"I just get a suspicion that the thought process of some clubs is that as I've turned 31 then I am past my best. Teams aren't looking for experience on the wing, they are looking instead at young lads coming in. It is about the budgets sides have as they can only afford so much in terms of experienced players and they don't want to use that on the wing. France is still a possibility but there has been a cut on foreign players."
With the Top 14 Orange transfer window closing soon, time is against Voyce if he is keen on pursuing an option overseas with some clubs already proclaiming themselves 'full'.
"There was lots of initial interest from France but I have just been unlucky with how it has panned out," Voyce said. "Brive were really keen but then they got relegated; Pau, who were expecting to go up, were interested but then they failed to win promotion; Grenoble had an option to choose either an international 15 or a hooker as they couldn't get both and they decided to sign a hooker; Toulon were sniffing around for a bit then decided against it; and the latest side was Bordeaux but that was two/three weeks ago and we've heard nothing since.
"It has been frustrating, while there hasn't really been any interest in the UK. There has only really been two teams - Gloucester and London Irish - where a lot of players have left and that has been largely down to budgets."
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