Scotland centre Scott joins Gloucester

Date published: January 16 2016

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Gloucester have announced that Scotland international centre Matt Scott will join the club 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 Six Nations and will add real quality to Gloucester's midfield ranks.

A Scotland cap at the various age groups, the Dunfermline-born player joined Edinburgh as an elite development player in 2011 and has played his senior club rugby in the black and red of Edinburgh ever since.

He made a try-scoring debut for Scotland A in the 35-0 win over England Saxons at Netherdale in February 2012 and earned his first full Scotland cap as a replacement in the Six Nations the following month versus Ireland in Dublin.

Scott made his first start, at centre, in the historic 9-6 victory over Australia in New South Wales in June 2012 and continued as first choice for the other wins over Fiji and Samoa.

He started three matches in the tournament itself, including the game against Japan at Kingsholm, and scored on his only replacement appearance, against USA at Elland Road, before injury ruled him out of the quarter-final against Australia.

Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphreys commented: "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.”

Meanwhile, 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 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.”

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