Voyce hopeful of London Welsh deal
July 15, 2012
Tom Voyce fears he may have to hang up his boots if he is unable to secure a contract © Getty Images
Former Gloucester and Wasps winger Tom Voyce has held talks with London Welsh about a move to the Premiership newcomers.
The 31-year-old, who parted company with the Cherry and Whites at the end of last season, faces of the prospect of enforced retirement if he is unable to secure a new contract but is hoping a deal can be struck with the Exiles ahead of the next season.
"I was finding it hard to believe I had not heard from anyone," the former England international told The Rugby Paper. "Then a meeting was arranged with London Welsh and we had a conversation. Now it is a case of my agent and their representative seeing if there's scope for me to get involved. There were preliminary discussions and I am still waiting to hear back."
Voyce, who tasted Heineken Cup and Premiership glory with Wasps, believes he still has what it takes to perform in the top flight and feels London Welsh would be a good match. "I would definitely go for London Welsh," he said. "They have a similar philosophy of play hard, work hard as Wasps used to, so I would understand the mindset they have.
"If you look at the challenges I have faced in my career I have been able to achieve most of them and helping Welsh to stay up is a challenge I would really want to take. It would be heartbreaking to see them drop down having fought so hard to get up. I would like to sit down with Lyn Jones and be able to tell him what I can offer the club."
He is also weighing up a potential move to France but insists money is not his main motivation. "I think there's this idea I was on a really good contract at Gloucester," he said. "I am not asking for too much money, I just want to playing rugby again."
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