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Gloucester sign fly-half Jonny Bentley

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Cornish Pirates fly-half Jonny Bentley has signed for Gloucester, and will provide cover for England international Freddie Burns.

The 26-year-old, who has spent the last four years with the Championship side, has made only four appearances in the last two season because of injury. 

However, Gloucester's director of rugby Nigel Davis, believes Bentley could still be an important signing for the Aviva Premiership outfit.

"I felt it was important to add another specialist 10 to the squad and Johnny's a very polished performer," he said. "I know he can't wait to get up here and show what he can do, and I think he's going to be a valuable contributor for us." 

New Zealand-born Bentley joined Pirates in 2009 and helped them to win the British and Irish Cup in 2010. 

But he has struggled to make a similar impact since then and only managed one appearance last season, against Bedford, where he was forced off after 35 minutes through injury.

"I can't thank the Pirates enough for the way they've gone about it," Bentley admitted. "They've stuck by me over the past couple of seasons when I've had some injury problems. They've been really good to me.

"I spoke to [Pirates chief executive] Josh Lewsey about it, and he said that they weren't the sort of club to stand in anyone's way and that they would wish me all the best."


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