London Scottish have reinforced their back-row options this week by signing former England Under-20s ace Gregor Gillanders on a one-year contract.
The flanker, who is also Scottish-qualified, has a wealth of Greene King IPA Championship experience having made more than 150 appearances for Bedford Blues during a six year spell.
In his formative years, Gillanders played alongside current London Scottish head coach James Buckland at Leicester Tigers and the former Tigers hooker was keen to bring the 26-year-old on board following the retirement of Ben Russell earlier this week.
He said: “We were aware that Gregor was available in the off season and with Ben Russell unfortunately having to retire, it was important to quickly fill the void with a quality, proven Championship performer.
“He is used to playing at the top end of the Championship and was heavily involved during Bedford’s great season a couple of years ago.
“He can do a job in the second row as well as the back-row and has that resilient, gritty character which is what we are looking for at London Scottish.”
Buckland added: “As a young lad at Leicester I remember him being very talented and skilful.
“He remains ambitious and determined to impress and I’m pleased to bring him to the Club.”
Gillanders said: “I know Bucks from our time at Leicester and I was delighted to get the call from him.
“It is a great opportunity to again play rugby for a side competing near the top of the Championship.
“The set-up is brilliant and it was a very easy decision to sign.”