Welsh prop Nicky Thomas – who joined Bristol on loan earlier this season from the Scarlets – has left the club.
Thomas has signed another loan deal, this time for Welsh Pro14 side the Dragons.
Talking to the club website Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman said: “Nicky had been at Bristol over the past few months and he made a big impression on and off the pitch there. “He played with a lot of our players at age grade level and is one of the best scrummaging tight heads around.
“Our scrum has been a real strong point for us this season and we want to continue to dominate in this area and I feel Nicky has the attributes to do that.
“He isn’t available for Friday night against Newcastle, but we will be able to call on him for the two big back-to-back Welsh derbies at Rodney Parade over Christmas.”