Rodney Parade icon Ian Gough coming home to Dragons

HEADING HOME: Ian Gough will be back in the Dragons' boilerhouse next year

HEADING HOME: Ian Gough will be back in the Dragons' boilerhouse next year

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have bolstered their tight five by bringing home Rodney Parade favourite Ian Gough.

The 37-year-old former Wales lock has signed a deal with the region along with ex-Leicester, Gloucester and Scotland A tighthead Dave Young.

The pair will not be the only additions to the Dragons' under-pressure tight five for 2014/15 and the region are currently waiting for Welsh Rugby Union clearance for an overseas signing.

Director of rugby Lyn Jones has gone for experience in the transfer market. Gough and Young, like fellow recruits full-back Lee Byrne from Clermont Auvergne, wing Aled Brew from Biarritz and loosehead prop Boris Stankovich from Leicester, are seasoned campaigners.

Gough nearly signed for the Dragons from the Ospreys earlier this season but the move didn't come to fruition and instead he penned a deal with London Irish.

The 64-times capped lock from Panteg, who has made 10 appearances for the Madejski Stadium outfit, said at the time: "I will assess things at the end of the season. If I feel good enough, I've still got the appetite and my form is good then who knows?"

And Gough will be returning to Rodney Parade 18 years after making his Newport debut alongside the legendary David 'Muddy' Waters.

The hard-hitting lock made 139 appearances for the Black and Ambers and 92 for the Dragons before signing for Jones' Ospreys in 2007.

He will be charged with aiding in the development of promising second rows Cory Hill, Matthew Screech and Joe Davies.

Gough will be joined in the tight five by strong-scrummaging tighthead Young, who is currently plying his trade with Jersey in the English Championship.

The 29-year-old came through the ranks at Leicester and played alongside fellow new recruit Stankovich in the Tigers' front row before going on to have spells at Gloucester, Edinburgh and Leeds.

It is hoped that the no-frills Scot will fulfil a similar role to that currently being carried out by Duncan Bell, the 39-year-old ex-England tighthead who has been brought out of retirement for his ability to hold up the scrum rather than rampaging around the paddock.

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9:36am Tue 1 Apr 14

Warbles says...

I'm all or experience but ..... Gough? Sidoli is struggling and is younger than him!!
I'm all or experience but ..... Gough? Sidoli is struggling and is younger than him!! Warbles
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10:14am Tue 1 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

It dependa on the deal surely, his experience will be very valuable to the youngsters in the squad.
It dependa on the deal surely, his experience will be very valuable to the youngsters in the squad. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 1

12:22pm Tue 1 Apr 14

ollie72 says...

I really rated Gough when he was with us before, but i'm fairly sceptical that this would be of any help to us. Feels like a retirement plan to me!

David Young should be a good call - anyone that has propped for Leicester is usually a safe bet for holding up his corner of the scrum...
I really rated Gough when he was with us before, but i'm fairly sceptical that this would be of any help to us. Feels like a retirement plan to me! David Young should be a good call - anyone that has propped for Leicester is usually a safe bet for holding up his corner of the scrum... ollie72
  • Score: 11

4:21pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Keith Barnett says...

Jonathan Davies (BBC) is the next I hear. Similar age
Jonathan Davies (BBC) is the next I hear. Similar age Keith Barnett
  • Score: -1

5:30pm Tue 1 Apr 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

Why are we suddenly signing up over the hill players, have things got that bad at the parade that they can't find some more energitic younger players that they can mould into a winning team. In a couple of years the players being lined up for signing for next season will be retiring and they we'll be back to square one, I know experience counts for a lot but is this going to come back to haunt us?
Why are we suddenly signing up over the hill players, have things got that bad at the parade that they can't find some more energitic younger players that they can mould into a winning team. In a couple of years the players being lined up for signing for next season will be retiring and they we'll be back to square one, I know experience counts for a lot but is this going to come back to haunt us? grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 0

5:33pm Tue 1 Apr 14

keithbob says...

argus april fooled you all!.lol
argus april fooled you all!.lol keithbob
  • Score: -1

5:41pm Tue 1 Apr 14

fedupjon says...

I sincerely hope it is an April fool but you never know. I would utilise Goughie playing with up and coming players in the premiership with Newport
I sincerely hope it is an April fool but you never know. I would utilise Goughie playing with up and coming players in the premiership with Newport fedupjon
  • Score: 0

6:10pm Tue 1 Apr 14

mep says...

I hear Rod Snow is also returning!!!
I hear Rod Snow is also returning!!! mep
  • Score: 3

6:32pm Tue 1 Apr 14

keithbob says...

and teichmann and howarth!.lol
and teichmann and howarth!.lol keithbob
  • Score: -1

6:35pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Amber in the blood says...

Ha Ha Ha this must be a joke please tell me it is.
Ha Ha Ha this must be a joke please tell me it is. Amber in the blood
  • Score: 2

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