Bristol Rugby have added highly-rated 20 year-old full back Matt Protheroe from Gloucester.
Protheroe has represented England at U18s and U20s level.
“We’re delighted to beat off the interest of a number of other clubs to capture the signing of such a gifted young player,” Head Coach Mark Tainton told bristolrugby.co.uk.
“Matt is a hugely exciting player with bags of natural talent. He’ll bring some flair and energy to our attacking game and – under the tutelage of Pat [Lam]’s attacking philosophy – we expect Mat to make a significant impact in a Bristol jersey.”
Bristol have also signed Dan Thomas from Gloucester and Sam Bedlow from Sale Sharks.
“Dan is a physical, openside flanker who has really impressed us every time he has played for Gloucester. He’s got Premiership experience and an excellent attitude to keep improving – it’s great to have him onboard and contributing to what we are we trying to achieve.”
“Sam is a technically gifted centre who can distribute and read the game well. He’s coming to Bristol hungry to prove a point and establish a first team spot, so we’re creating healthy competition in every position on the field and a squad with real balance and energy.”