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Gloucester boss, Bryan Redpath has had his calls for extra spending power answered by his board. With the salary set to be increased from next season the Cherry and Whites boss was keen to ensure he was able to build a competitive squad for the new higher spending top flight.

The Gloucester board have secured outside funding which should mean they are able to afford to max out their salary cap and also afford the purchase of a marquee signing if Redpath chooses to do so.

Gloucester have recently gone on the record stating they may decide against the signing of a marquee player, choosing instead to focus on a more harmonious squad which would they believe be potentially disrupted by singling out one player as their top dog.

The playing budget has been confirmed, towards the end of December, right in time for Redpath to start building for the future at the earliest possible point. The latest Rugby betting odds suggest that players such as Nick Easter are being sounded out by the club as potential signings.

From the beginning of January out of contract players are free to negotiate with potential suitors and can sign contracts for the forthcoming 2012-13 season. It also means that players are free to leave Gloucester a lot easier from this point on, but they are believed to have tied down a number of their higher profile out of contract players with new contracts and they believe themselves to be in a stronger position than in previous years.

The Cherry and Whites do still however have 17 players out of contract at the end of the season and if Redpath wants to keep them, he must act quickly.

The Kingsholm club have up until now been relatively restrained in their spending, struggling from financial burdens resulting from the last regime’s free spending plans. But with finances secured and with the new investment it looks as though Redpath will now have his chance to show what he can do with significant financial backing.

It is believed that Redpath will run his squad through their paces in the international break, with the weeks between matches allowing him to work out who he wants to keep, and who should go. (Incidentally, England have the shortest Six Nations Betting Odds… :))