Thretton Palamo will join Bristol Rugby after the Rio 2016 sevens tournament
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 27/06/16 3:57pm
Aviva Premiership new boys Bristol Rugby have strengthened their squad ahead of the new season by signing USA international centre Thretton Palamo.
The 27-year-old has been capped 15 time by the Eagles and will arrive at Bristol after the sevens tournament at the Rio Olympics in August concludes.
Previously with Biarritz and Saracens, Palamo was loaned to London Welsh last season and made five appearances before joining the United States sevens squad as they prepared for Rio.
"It's a fresh challenge at Bristol and another opportunity to prove myself in the top flight of English rugby," said Palamo.
"Hopefully I can bring some of the skills and experience I've taken from the sevens circuit and contribute to the fast-flowing game that Andy (Robinson, Director of Rugby) wants to play."
Robinson said: "Thretton is a big, physical player who has explosive power and pace. He is raw and has lots to learn, but we are confident he can flourish in our environment.
"We've seen in the past with the likes of David Lemi and Fautua Otto, that there are players on the sevens circuit who can make a real impact in the fifteens game."