Elliott Stooke will depart Bath Rugby for Wasps at the end of the season after five seasons at the club.
The 27-year-old made his debut for the Blue, Black and White in a 58-5 victory over Newcastle Falcons in 2016 and has, to date, made a further 128 appearances.
A hugely lovable character within the squad, Stooke has made many lifelong friends at the Rec and insists the move is ‘one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make’.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity to pull on the Bath shirt over the past five years,” he said.
“The memories I have made on and off the field will live with me for the rest of my life and I have made lifelong friends during my time here, too.
“It has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make, but now feels like the right time to experience something new.
“I will miss all the boys, staff and supporters. Everyone has been brilliant and I’ll be forever grateful to everyone who has been on this journey with me.”
On Stooke’s departure, Director of Rugby, Stuart Hooper said: “Stookey has been an outstanding member of our squad for the past five years - to play over 125 games in this time is an incredible achievement.
“I will miss Elliott but know he has made the right decision and I wish I’m all the best at Wasps.”