Gloucester Rugby confirm the signing of fly-half Jonny Bentley from Cornish Pirates
Gloucester Rugby have confirmed the signing of fly-half Jonny Bentley from Cornish Pirates.
Last Updated: 19/06/13 9:59am
The 26-year-old has spent four years at the Pirates but will now join former team-mate Rob Cook, who moved almost a year ago, in making the switch to the West Country.
Gloucester's Director of Rugby Nigel Davies believes the ball-playing half-back will provide strength in depth in an important position.
"We're delighted to add Jonny to the squad and look forward to him reporting for pre-season training next week," he said.
"Fly-half, it goes without saying, is a pivotal position in any team," he added. "It's very likely that we'll lose Freddie Burns to international duty at times next season, and Tim Taylor is still working his way back to fitness after knee surgery.
"So, I felt it was important to add another specialist 10 to the squad and Jonny's a very polished performer. I know he can't wait to get up here and show what he can do, and I think he's going to be a valuable contributor for us."
The player himself expressed his delight at joining the Kingsholm club, thanking his former side for allowing him to move.
"It all came a bit out of the blue, to be honest. My agent told me that Gloucester had been in touch and it all went from there," said Bentley.
"I can't thank the Pirates enough for the way they've gone about it. They've stuck by me over the past couple of seasons when I've had some injury problems. They've been really good to me.
"I spoke to Josh Lewsey about it, and he said that they weren't the sort of club to stand in anyone's way and that they would wish me all the best," added the No 10.
The New Zealand-born Bentley revealed he had stayed in contact with Cook since his move to Gloucester and, after all the positive things the full-back had to say, he is eager to get started.
"I can't wait now to get up there and meet the boys and get stuck in. The prospect of playing in the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup is genuinely exciting, I'm really looking forward to it."