Northampton Saints hooker Andy Long is relishing the chance to play for Gloucester after agreeing a move to the Cherry and Whites.
The former England front-row star joined Saints in 2009 and has been an important member of the squad at Franklin's Gardens for the past three years.
But his contract runs out this summer and he has opted to move to the south west to prolong his playing career.
It is open to question as to how much first-team action the 34-year-old will see as he will face a battle with Huia Edmonds and Darren Dawidiuk for the number two shirt at Kingsholm.
But the much-travelled hooker, who won just two caps for England, admits that he cannot wait to fight for a starting berth and to play in front of the vociferous home fans.
"I've been fortunate enough to play for some great clubs in my time, but I have to admit that I'm really looking forward to joining Gloucester and playing in front of one of the most passionate crowds in rugby," he told the club's official site.
"I've always relished playing there and have experienced some great battles in front of the Shed.
Long has enjoyed spells with Bath, Munster, Rotherham and Newcastle Falcons and he insists that his mind will still be very much on his current club for the remainder of the campaign.
I've still got work to do for the Saints and am 100 per cent committed to that," he added. "
The club have been great to me and I've enjoyed my time there."