Gloucester Rugby are delighted to announce 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 RBS 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 Rugby as an elite development player in the summer of 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 RBS 6 Nations the following month versus Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
He 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.
His first try for Scotland came in the 34-10 RBS 6 Nations Championship victory over Italy in February 2013 and he concluded the 2013 campaign with two more tries – against South Africa and Italy – in the quadrangular tournament in South Africa, finishing the year with a further appearance against Japan at BT Murrayfield, in the first of three Autumn Tests.
Scott then featured in each of the five 2014 RBS 6 Nations matches – starting all but one game – and, while injury put paid to his involvement in that year's Autumn internationals, he returned to feature in all but one of the Six Nations matches the following year.
He was then one of the few players to feature in all four of the national team's Summer Test matches in the run up to Rugby World Cup 2015.
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 Aviva 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.”