New challenge ahead for Bath stalwart Banahan

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GLOUCESTER RUGBY look set to confirm the signing of Matt Banahan this week, following the Jerseyman’s decision to leave West Country rivals Bath.

Matt Banahan, pictured played for Bath against Jersey at St Peter, will be leaving the West Country club this summer

Banahan – Bath’s all-time leading Premiership try-scorer and longest-serving player – is believed to have rejected a new two-year contract at The Rec after being offered no improvement in terms. Reports suggest he has sealed a switch to the Cherry and Whites this summer, when his current deal expires.

The 31-year-old's departure will bring an end to a 12-year stay with the 2015 Premiership finalists – a spell which has brought over 250 appearances, 56 Premiership tries and a Challenge Cup winner’s medal.

A spokesman at Kingsholm Stadium said on Monday that Gloucester were ‘not in a position to confirm or deny’ news of the transfer, but there are suggestions that an update could be issued within the next 72 hours.

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