The Dragons have announced that 37-year-old second-row Ian Gough will join them from London Irish at the end of the current season.
The Dragons have announced that 37-year-old second-row Ian Gough will join the region from London Irish at the end of the Premiership season.
Gough began his rugby career with Newport RFC and then made the move to regional rugby when it was formed in 2003. In total the lock made 92 appearances for the men of Gwent before leaving for the Ospreys in 2007. He's since gone on to play for London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.
“I am very excited to be returning to Welsh rugby,” Gough told the Dragons' official website.
“My rugby career was first formed at Rodney Parade, so it's fantastic to have the opportunity to play back there once again.
“Recent reports on Welsh regional rugby have been very negative but I see the Dragons as being one of the positives to come out of it. The squad have come so far under Lyn Jones' guidance this season – it's great to see that sleeping giant has finally been awoken.”
The Rodney Parade outfit have also signed 29-year-old tighthead prop David Young.
“I am really happy to be joining the Dragons. Lyn has a good squad and I am honoured that I have the chance to be part of that next season,” said the former Leicester Tigers player.
“Having previously played in the PRO12 I understand how difficult of a league it is. So I am looking forward to stepping up into the PRO12 for the Dragons and teaming up once again with Boris Stankovich.
“I am excited for pre-season, to get down to Wales, meet the boys and get stuck in. The Dragons are improving their game all the time under Lyn's guidance and I am excited to start playing for the region next season.”