London - Former
England wing Matt Banahan will bring his 12-year
association with Bath to an end in the close season and join English
Premiership rivals Gloucester, it was announced on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old, capped 16 times from 2009-2011 in which he scored four
tries, began life as a forward before being switched to the backs by
then-Bath coach Brian Ashton and since becoming a proven tryscorer.
Banahan has made more than 250 appearances in all competitions for
Bath since making his debut in 2006, scoring 56 tries in his 175
"Matt has had a wonderful career at Bath and he will bring a huge
amount of quality and experience to the young, exciting squad we are
building in Gloucester," said Gloucester's director of rugby David
"His versatility and ability to play in a number of positions across
the backline adds real depth to our squad and Matt's quality will
complement the style of rugby Johan Ackermann has brought to the club
Humphreys' Bath counterpart Todd Blackadder said Jersey-born Banahan
had been a 'great servant' for the club and wished him well.
"We’ll be really sad to see Matt leave at the end of the season, but
we completely understand the decision he has made with his family and
future in mind," said Blackadder.