EDINBURGH have confirmed that Magnus Bradbury will leave the club at the end of the season to join Bristol Bears. The 26-year-old forward has made more than 100 appearances since joining the capital club in 2014 and has 17 Scotland caps to his name.
“Although I am excited to be joining Bristol Bears, I can’t stress enough how much I’ll miss this club,” Bradbury said on the Edinburgh website. “I’ve been at Edinburgh for eight years and absolutely love playing here.
“Thanks to the fans, coaches and especially the boys for making it so special. We still have a massive season ahead of us and I’ll be putting 100 per cent into everything to create some more special memories. Pulling on the Edinburgh jersey has always meant everything to me and I’ll be doing my utmost to make sure I leave on a positive note.”
With Nick Haining, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Connor Boyle and Bill Mata all part of their back-row complement, Edinburgh should remain strong in that area of the team despite Bradbury’s departure. “It’s obviously a shame that Magnus is moving on from Edinburgh, but it’s a fantastic opportunity for him at Bristol and he leaves with the best wishes and upmost respect from all of us at the club,” head coach Mike Blair said. “Back row is a position where we have particular strength and depth, so although we are disappointed that Magnus will be leaving us, this will create more opportunities for younger players coming through.
“Magnus has been playing brilliantly this season and those performances have meant he’s put himself right back into international contention. We’ve been really proud of the way Magnus has fought for that Scotland jersey, and here’s hoping he continues that form for the remainder of the Six Nations.
“Magnus will leave Edinburgh as a club centurion and seasoned Scotland internationalist. He’s been a special player and brilliant club man for the past eight years and will have a huge part to play as we push for the best possible finish in both the URC and European Challenge Cup.”
Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam said: “Magnus is a physical, athletic back-rower with outstanding work rate and all the attributes to thrive in our system.
“To be a centurion at Edinburgh at such a young age shows his consistency and attitude, and we’ve seen from his performances on the international stage that he can compete at the very highest level. Magnus brings further quality and physicality to our back row as we continue our recruitment for the 2022/23 campaign.”