Bristol loose-head prop Mark Lilley has joined London Scottish on a season-long loan.
The 26-year-old, who has represented Somerset and England at U18 and U20 level respectively, brings with him a solid set-piece game but he’s also a player who is comfortable on the front foot with ball in hand.
Lilley began his career at Bath, joining their Academy at the age of 16 and went on to make 15 first team appearances for the Premiership outfit.
He made the switch to West Country rivals Bristol in 2012, making 35 appearances but is now keen to make an impression this coming season at London Scottish.
The front-rower said: “I had a few options but with James Buckland at the helm I felt London Scottish was a good place to come and play this season.
“Looking at the squad here we should be targeting the top four although it will not be easy given the undoubted quality of the teams in this league.”
London Scottish head coach James Buckland added: “Mark is a guy who has been in a Premiership environment and he has the potential to push on and return to that level again.
“He is built very much like Eric Fry but I would say Mark can offer more in the loose when he has his hands on the ball.
“He has the capabilities to fill the void left by Eric and we will look to develop his game this season.”