Gloucester Rugby have moved quickly to boost their midfield resources with the signing of centre Tim Molenaar from Nottingham Rugby.
28 year old Molenaar has been with Nottingham since December 2004 and made his debut away to Otley in January 2005.
Since then, he has gone on to make 103 league appearances for Nottingham (102 starts) scoring 24 tries and twice been named in the National Division One Team of the Year.
At 6ft 2" and tipping the scales at 17 stone, Molenaar will certainly add a physical presence to the Gloucester midfield according to Head Coach Bryan Redpath.
"It's no secret that we've been looking to bring someone else in and we're delighted that Tim will be joining us."
"He's one we've had our eye on for some time. He's been one of the stand out performers in National League Division One in recent times and more than capable of making the step up to Guinness Premiership level."
Molenaar told the club website that his move to Kingsholm has happened quickly but he had no hesitation in signing once he knew of Gloucester's interest.
"Other clubs were interested but once I knew that a club of Gloucester's status wanted to talk to me then I couldn't turn such an opportunity down."
"Playing in the same back line as the likes of Nicky Robinson, Carlos Spencer and Mike Tindall will be a great experience and a massive challenge."
"I'd been at Nottingham for a while but this will be a whole new environment and one that should bring out the best in me as a player."
"I'm now looking forward to training with the boys and maybe being involved on Saturday against the Ospreys and experiencing the Kingsholm atmosphere that I've heard so much about."
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.