Maule swaps Scarlets for Bristol

Date published: September 2 2014

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Centre Gareth Maule has left the Scarlets to join Championship side Bristol a week before the start of the Pro12 season.

Centre Gareth Maule has left the Scarlets to join Championship side Bristol a week before the start of the Pro12 season.

The 26-year-old joined the Scarlets in 2009 from the Dragons and made 115 appearances for the region.

However he will join the large Welsh contingent in Bristol, with Ryan Jones, Matthew Morgan, Dwayne Peel and Nicky Robinson all at the club.

Andy Robinson's side kick off their season on Saturday when they welcome relegated Worcester to the Memorial Ground.

But Maule admits it was a very tough decision to leave the Scarlets after five years in West Wales.

“This decision was definitely the hardest I have had to make during my rugby career but I felt that this opportunity could provide me with a fresh challenge, one which I am very excited about,” said Maule.

“It was far from straightforward. I had to get a lot of advice from people for me to come to this decision. I'm hoping it's the correct one.

“I depart with some invaluable memories, gathered in my years with this special club and feel honoured to have worn the famous Scarlet jersey on so many occasions and to join the list of centurions is something that makes immensely proud.”

For Bristol he offers a great deal of experience at the top level and Robinson is optimistic about the impact he will have in the Championship.

“He's got plenty of Heineken Cup and Pro12 experience so we're confident he will complement the options we already have,” said Robinson.

“Gareth brings physicality and an attacking edge to our backline – he's shown during his time with the Scarlets that he is a talented individual. We look forward to welcoming him here.”

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