Bristol Rugby sign Scotland prop Kyle Traynor from Edinburgh
BRISTOL wasted little time in moving to replace Mark Irish as they confirmed the signing of Scotland prop Kyle Traynor from Edinburgh.
Irish's exit from the club, one year into a two-year contract, was finally confirmed on Monday – and, by yesterday, Bristol had announced the arrival of Traynor.
The 26-year-old loosehead, who was born in London to Scottish parents, won three caps for Scotland in 2009, coming off the bench in the autumn Tests against Fiji, Australia and Argentina.
He will link up with his new team-mates today and is enthused by his move south.
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"I am absolutely delighted to have signed for Bristol and I'm really looking forward to getting started," said Traynor.
"I know a few of the boys, I know about some of the others, and I know the club has a famous history but also a lot of ambition for the future.
"When I came down to meet (head coach) Liam Middleton, I was really impressed by the whole set-up – and it was really important to me to join a club that matched my own ambitions."
Middleton, who has bolstered his front-row resources by signing Mark Lilley and Bruce Douglas during the summer, is delighted to add Traynor to that list.
"Kyle fits the profile of player we want joining Bristol Rugby," he said.
"He is an excellent professional with good athletic ability and physical potential. For a young player, he has a bank of domestic, European and international experience.
"Kyle is a formidable scrummager and his dynamism and work-rate in the field impress me. He is a determined character and I'm looking forward to working with him."
Traynor played more than 80 Celtic League and Heineken Cup games for Edinburgh, including coming off the bench in last season's Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Ulster.
"I have done a fair bit, but I am still young and I'm very ambitious and driven," said Traynor.
"It was the right time for a change and I am delighted to be joining a famous rugby club like Bristol.
"I've seen guys like Jason Hobson play and I know he's a great scrummager. I also know Bruce Douglas, who has a lot of experience and has played a lot of games at the top level. I'm joining a pretty established pack and hopefully I can build into that and add something myself."
Dan Montagu, who was released by Bristol two months into a one-year deal earlier this week, has rejoined Nottingham.
The 28-year-old No 8 played for the Green and Whites before joining Bristol in 2009 and Nottingham chief executive Simon Beatham said: "Monty was a huge part of the team when he was here.
"He has natural strength, great courage and commitment, which is exactly the type of player that we want here at Nottingham. We know what he is about, he has a passion for the club and city and he will fit right in with the team."
Prop Irish is also expected to remain in the Championship – with London Scottish.