Gloucester have confirmed scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will leave the club at the end of the season to join Clermont Auvergne.
The Scotland captain helped the Cherry and Whites win the European Champions Cup in 2015 and has been a mainstay at the Kingsholm outfit since he joined from Edinburgh.
With the chance of a three-year deal across the Channel, Laidlaw has decided this season will be his last in the Aviva Premiership before testing himself in the Top 14.
Having enjoyed his time in Gloucester, the 31-year-old admitted it was a tough decision to leave but is looking forward to the next chapter in his career.
He told the club's official website: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Gloucester. It's a fantastic club which enjoys tremendous support. The squad contains a great group of boys, I love playing at Kingsholm and it's been a genuine honour to captain the side.
"Since I first moved south, I feel that my game has developed tremendously for playing in the Gloucester team in the Aviva Premiership and it's a period of my career that I'll always look back on fondly.
"However, at this stage of my career, the offer to test myself and develop my game even further in a different environment was just too good to turn down. It's not been an easy decision to make, but I think it's the right one."
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