Gloucester sign Matt Scott from Edinburgh from next season
By Mike Patterson
Last Updated: 16/01/16 11:28am
Gloucester have signed Scotland international centre Matt Scott ahead of the 2016-17 season.
The 25-year-old has been capped 33 times and is hoping to be named next week in Scotland's squad for this year's Six Nations.
He joined Edinburgh Rugby as an elite development player in the summer of 2011 and has played his senior club rugby in the black and red of Edinburgh since then.
Scott started three matches for Scotland in the World Cup, including the game against Japan at Kingsholm, and scored on his only replacement appearance against USA at Elland Road, before injury ruled him out of the quarter-final defeat to Australia.
Scott is looking forward to a new challenge in the Aviva Premiership with Gloucester.
He told the club's official website: "It's the right time for me to broaden my horizons and experience a new rugby environment in order to help my development as a player, and Gloucester can certainly provide that.
"I've had the opportunity to talk to Greig (Laidlaw) in depth about what the club, the city and the supporters are like, and he has nothing but good things to say about them all.
"I also played at Kingsholm for Scotland during the Rugby World Cup and loved the experience. I've been very impressed by everything I've seen at the club.
"Playing in the Aviva Premiership will make me a better overall player, I've no doubt of that and I hope that it will also improve my play at international level.
"It's an exciting prospect, but it's a little way off. For now, I'm just focusing on working hard and playing to the best of my ability for both Edinburgh and Scotland."
Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys said: "Matt is a proven international centre who will add real depth and quality to our existing options in midfield.
"He is still a young man with many years of top-level rugby ahead of him and I'm sure all our supporters will look forward to seeing him perform in a Gloucester jersey.
"We need to continue to build strength in depth across our squad to compete regularly with the top teams in Europe and Matt's arrival is another step closer to us achieving that."