Freddie Burns says he's learned a lot about himself after saga over his Gloucester exit

Last Updated: 21/01/14 6:31pm

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Freddie Burns kicking for Gloucester against Munster earlier this month

Freddie Burns kicking for Gloucester against Munster earlier this month

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Freddie Burns admits he did not handle his impending departure from Gloucester as well as he could have.

The fly-half is expected to join Leicester this summer, following a series of press reports linking him to the Tigers over the past few weeks.

His current club Gloucester confirmed that the 23-year-old is to leave Kingsholm at the end of the season but his destination is yet to be officially announced.

Burns admitted before Christmas he was wrestling with the decision on his future, on whether to re-sign with Gloucester or move elsewhere.

"Obviously, I had a decision to make. I do wish I'd handled it slightly differently, in terms of not saying anything and focusing on Gloucester."
Freddie Burns

This sparked a host of reports linking Burns to Leicester, which the Bath-born playmaker now regrets.

Burns said: "I've learnt masses about myself over the last couple of months, it's been probably the toughest time of my career in terms of not playing well.

"Obviously, I had a decision to make. I do wish I'd handled it slightly differently, in terms of not saying anything and focusing on Gloucester.

"But I'll live and learn, and move on, and I'm excited about being here and the opportunity I've got here, and finishing the season on a high with Gloucester.

"I've learned a lot about myself, I wish I'd handled it slightly differently, but it's happened now and I'll be a better person and a better player because of it."

As for the announcement that he is leaving Gloucester, Burns added: "That has helped. I think it's a big weight off my shoulders.

"I see myself as a mentally strong guy who can deal with things off the park as on it but it's definitely had an effect."

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