Gloucester sign former Worcester centre Andy Symons
Last Updated: 09/06/16 11:12am
Gloucester have signed centre Andy Symons as they strengthen their squad for next season.
Having decided to leave Worcester at the end of the season, Symons had signed a two-year contract with London Irish but, following the Exiles' relegation from the Premiership, he will now link up with Gloucester when they report back for pre-season training next week.
The 24-year-old also played for Leicester, Doncaster and Tasman Makos prior to his three years with the Warriors.
During his time with Worcester, Symons made more than 50 senior appearances for the club, including 19 last season.
Symons is also an accomplished goalkicker and Gloucester's director of rugby David Humphreys says the opportunity to sign him was too good to turn down, particularly with the injury to Henry Trinder.
Trinder, 27, suffered a knee ligament injury during a match against Sale in April and is expected to undergo surgery to rectify the problem.
Humphreys said: "As a result of Henry Trinder's injury at the end of last season, we wanted to add to our midfield options for 2016/17.
"At this late stage, it can be difficult to find the quality of player needed to add value to the playing squad but I'm delighted that Andy has chosen to play his rugby at Gloucester.
"He caused us problems when he played against us last season and will bring a real physical presence in the midfield.
"He is young with his best rugby years ahead of him, and I look forward to seeing him realise his potential in a Gloucester shirt."