Worcester Warriors are on the brink of making their most high profile signing of the season in the shape of Scotland wing Nikki Walker.
The Sixways outfit are hopeful of securing the 6ft 5ins giant’s signature on a long term deal in the next week or so.
That suggests Warriors are happy the 29-year-old will be able to prove his fitness after suffering a knee injury in the World Cup warm up match with Italy last summer.
The Aberdeen-born powerhouse, who weighs in at nearly 17st, has not played for Ospreys this season but he has spent five successful years with the Celtic League outfit.
During that time he has made 103 appearances and scored 37 tries as part of a devastating little and large combo with the retiring legend Shane Williams.
A similar partnership with new recruit David Lemi could be potent and the deal is nearing completion with Walker having already visited Sixways.
Walker has also been influential on the international stage, with six tries in his 24 appearances for Scotland. He was only five minutes from sealing his place in the squad for New Zealand when he sustained anterior cruciate damage against the Azzurri.
However, he is on the road to recovery and with Worcester set to lose both Marcel Garvey and Miles Benjamin in the off-season, his arrival will be well received.
Garvey has already announced his intention to leave to play in France next term while Benjamin is understood to be close to a move to Leicester.
Tom Arscott’s future is also uncertain which means Warriors have only Chris Pennell, Errie Claassens and Josh Drauniniu tied down.
The situation was made more pressing last week as Northampton’s Paul Diggin, whom Richard Hill had been targeting, decided to re-sign with the Saints.
The head coach is also intent on addressing the situation in his pack where both Kai Horstmann and Adam Balding are out of contract.
He has identified Rotherham No.8 Semisi Taulava as a potential replacement and has offered the Tongan a move to the Premiership.
That deal has not yet been finalised but the imposing Taulava, who can also play second row or blindside, has impressed with his powerful ball carrying.
Forwards coach Phil Davies watched the former Taranaki back-rower in the match with Cornish Pirates and has noted how he has scored five times for his current club.
The 28-year-old has been a key component of a massive Titans pack this season having moved to Clifton Lane from Bees last summer.
He arrived in the UK a couple of years ago after he missed nearly two years with a neck problem that threatened his career.
However, having spent a few months at Worthing he was one of Bees’ best players in the 2010-11 season.
That attracted Andre Bester’s attention and after another good campaign the 20st man-mountain now looks set to get his chance at the top flight.
Hill is also keeping the door open for Horstmann who has been a loyal servant to Worcester but who has been injured for nearly all of this season.
The 30-year-old made his return to action in Monday night’s Cavaliers defeat to Bath United and will be aiming to prove his worth over the final months of the campaign.
But Hill has told him he has just a few matches to earn another deal with Blair Cowan having been a standout performer since his move to Sixways.
Walker’s capture would complete a good couple of weeks for Hill who has already agreed to bring former England scrum half Paul Hodgson to the club.
John Andress and Lemi have also been signed up and Northampton’s Jon Clarke is rumoured to be on his way across the Midlands.