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Gloucester switch for Thomas

Gloucester have announced the signing of Scarlets fly-half Aled Thomas for next season.

The 29-year-old is the latest in a line of experienced players moving to Kingsholm this summer, with former All Black John Afoa, Argentina lock Mariano Galarza, Wales hooker Richard Hibbard and Scotland half-back Greig Laidlaw all joining the Aviva Premiership side.

Thomas won a World Cup Sevens title with Wales in 2009, scoring the winning try in the final against Argentina, and is currently in his second spell with the Scarlets.

He first joined the region in 2004 before enjoying spells with Carmarthen Quins, Newport Gwent Dragons and London Welsh.

He rejoined the Scarlets ahead of the 2011-12 season and became a first-team regular, making 60 appearances and scoring 247 points.

"I've known Aled for a long time and he's a very talented player," said Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies.

"He's got a fine tactical kicking game, can bring the best out of the players around him and, importantly, is a high percentage goal kicker.

"He's an experienced player who has played a lot of rugby for the Scarlets, both in the RaboDirect Pro 12 and in the Heineken Cup, who can be relied upon to deliver when called upon.

"He's also had significant experience playing in England as he was at London Welsh for three years. However, this is his first opportunity to play in the Aviva Premiership and I know that he's genuinely excited by the prospect.

"Aled's signing will give us an additional option at half back and I'm pleased with how the squad is shaping up for next season.

"And we're not done just yet. We're still working on a couple of signings and there are several more still to be announced."