Glasgow's Mark Bennett moving to Edinburgh as trio are set to depart
Last Updated: 15/02/17 4:34pm
Glasgow have announced that internationals Mark Bennett, Josh Strauss and Gordon Reid will depart at the end of the season.
Bennett, who plays at centre, is joining Edinburgh after seemingly becoming surplus to requirements following Glasgow's signing of Huw Jones ahead of next season.
The Olympic rugby sevens silver medallist has joined the Myreside-based club on a three-year deal, while Jones moves to Glasgow on a two-year contract.
Forwards Reid and Strauss have been linked with moves to England or France, when their deals expire this summer.
Incoming head coach Dave Rennie has also informed Italian flanker Simone Favaro that he will not be offered a new contract.
Bennett, 24, has made 64 appearances for the PRO12 team since making his debut in 2011, and has notched 20 tries.
The arrival of Jones, from South African side the Stormers, would limit his first-team opportunities next season.
Bennett said: "A key factor in my decision was that there's a young squad at Edinburgh, who are going in the right direction and I can feel like I can add to that."
Acting Edinburgh head coach Duncan Hodge added: "Mark is a phenomenal player, who has accomplished a lot both at club and international level at the age of just 24, and his experience will be a welcome addition to our backline."
Number 8 Strauss joined Glasgow in September 2012 from South African Super Rugby team the Lions.
The 30-year-old has made 104 appearances for the club and has also won 10 caps for Scotland since qualifying on residency grounds.
Reid, meanwhile, joined Glasgow on a full-time basis ahead of the 2011/12 season, since when the 29-year-old has racked up 109 appearances.
Outgoing Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: "Although there is a lot of rugby still to be played this season, I'd like to acknowledge and thank Gordy, Josh and Mark's invaluable contributions since they joined the club.
"We look forward to them ending their time at the Warriors with the same commitment and skill they have shown already this season and wish them well in the next stages of their careers."
The Scottish Rugby Union control contract negotiations of both clubs, so the Bennett deal has been deliberately structured to keep him in Scottish rugby.