Gloucester confirm Twelvetrees move
January 28, 2012
Billy Twelvetrees is on his way to Gloucester © Getty Images
Gloucester have confirmed the signing of England Saxons centre Billy Twelvetrees from Leicester Tigers.
The Kingshlm club released a statement to say the 23-year-old, whose move south has been one of the worst-kept secrets in the game for the last week, has penned a two-year deal effective from June.
The centre, who is currently with the England Saxons squad ahead of their meeting with Ireland on Saturday afternoon, has spoken of his desire to play at number 12 - something he is expecting to be able to do with Gloucester.
Pre-empting the move, Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill called Twelvetrees decision to switch clubs "disappointing" earlier in the week, but the player himself insists he remains indebted to the Tigers,
Twelvetrees said: "I'm incredibly grateful to everyone at the Tigers for the role they've played in helping me to get to this point in my career and, of course, all the support from the fans I've had over the last three years.
"It's not been an easy decision to make but I am looking forward to joining Gloucester in the summer and being part of what is shaping up to be an incredibly talented young English back line.
"In the meantime, though, I'll be fully committed to helping make the rest of the season as successful as possible for Leicester."
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