Gloucester sign Scotland international Matt Scott
The 22-year-old has won 33 caps for Scotland
Scott has played his whole professional career for Edinburgh
Gloucester have confirmed the signing of Scotland international Matt Scott this morning from Edinburgh Rugby ahead of the 2016/17 season.
The 25-year-old, capped 33 times by his country to date, is hoping to be named next week in Scotland’s squad for this year’s RBS Six Nations and will add real quality to the Cherry and Whites midfield ranks.
And Scott is looking forward to embracing an exciting new challenge.
“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.”
Scott started three matches for Vern Cotter’s men during the Rugby World Cup, including the game against Japan at Kingsholm, and scored on his only replacement appearance, against the USA at Elland Road, before injury ruled him out of the quarter-final against Australia.
Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphreys found it hard to hide his joy with getting the deal done.
“I’m delighted to confirm that Matt Scott will be joining Gloucester next season. He 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.”