London Irish have lost yet another key player to a different club with news that England centre Jonathan Joseph is to join Bath.
Widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in English rugby, Joseph will arrive at the Rec at the end of the season where he will be reunited with former Exiles director of rugby Toby Booth.
Booth left London Irish to join Bath's coaching team last year and he was pivotal in Joseph's development at the Madejski.
"I've loved my time with London Irish, but feel it's time to make a move and Bath is an extremely exciting prospect," said Joseph.
"I've loved my time with London Irish, but feel it's time to make a move and Bath is an extremely exciting prospect."
"You can see what the coaches are looking to build there in terms of culture, they already have a really talented squad and I hope I can add something to that. Obviously I'm still developing as a player and I feel that Bath will give me a fantastic environment in which to do that."
The news of Joseph's departure is a major blow for London Irish, who have seen several of their big names depart in the last few years.
England prop Alex Corbisiero also leaving for Northampton and Steve Shingler is returning to the Scarlets.
"Jonathan is young, English and hugely talented. He is exactly the sort of player we want, and we are confident that he will indeed bring something special to the team," said Bath head coach Gary Gold.
"That he has chosen Bath as his club says a huge amount about the environment we are establishing here. We can't wait for him to join the club."