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."
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