JEDBURGH’S Greig Laidlaw will leave Edinburgh Rugby at the end of the season to join English Premiership side Gloucester.
The 28-year-old scrum-half, nephew of the legendary Roy Laidlaw, signed with the capital club in the summer of 2006 as understudy to Mike Blair before going on to take a firm grasp of the number nine jersey and captaincy, which he has held for three seasons.
In the past seven years Laidlaw has made 136 appearances for the club and earned 27 caps for his country to date, and leaves to continue a tradition of Scottish scrum-halves at the west country club that has included Bryan Redpath and Rory Lawson.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in Edinburgh Rugby for their support over seven fantastic seasons at Murrayfield,” said Laidlaw.
“I’ve taken great pride from playing and captaining the team in some memorable matches, something which I’ll never forget.
“Naturally I’m excited about the next chapter of my career however my focus is completely on putting my best rugby into the RBS 6 Nations championship and delivering a strong finish for Edinburgh Rugby in the RaboDirect PRO12.”
Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons, said: “Greig has made a great contribution this season, both as a captain and as a player, but I also understand he feels that, at this time in his career, something new and fresh will be good for him.
“He goes absolutely with our blessing. We wish him well and we thank him for the terrific contribution he has made to the club.”
Laidlaw still spends much of his free time at Riverside Park, enjoying being with his family and helping out his former club on the sidelines. He is still expected to do so and was rewarded for his continued commitment to his home town and the wider Borders area when he was voted Inspirational Performance of the Year at last Friday night’s Celebration of Sport Awards at the Cardrona Hotel.