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."
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.