World Cup runner-up and Premiership star Jonny May will return to Gloucester at the end of the 2019-20 season.
The wing, who hails from Chiseldon in Wiltshire, made the high-profile switch to Leicester Tigers after eight years at the Kingsholm Stadium.
However, after a self-described ‘challenging’ period at Tigers, May will once again don the cherry and white hoops following an agreement while Premiership rugby remains on hold over the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 30-year-old, who has 53 caps for his nation, started the 2019 World Cup final for England and scored three tries during the competition, the joint-highest in the squad’s scoring tally.
During his time at Welford Road, May racked up an impressive 30 tries in 44 appearances, after playing 121 times for the Cherry and Whites.
Gloucester director of rugby, David Humphries, said: “We’ve been talking to Jonny for a little while, and were very close to an agreement before the Premiership was postponed and our discussions had to be put on hold. He will not only, I’m sure, be a great player for us again, but also a great mentor to our young wingers like Ollie Thorley and Louis Rees-Zammit. It’ll be a tremendous help for them to have someone with Jonny’s experience to learn from. There’s no doubt he’s a world class player, who would be
an asset to any side.”
Meanwhile, May added: “Once I had made the decision to leave Leicester there was only ever one club I really wanted to play for. I’m grateful to David Humphreys and everyone at Gloucester Rugby who have found a way for me to rejoin.
“I’m very excited about being back in Cherry and White playing at Kingsholm again. I’m proud of my time at Leicester Tigers. It really has developed my game and it’s brought the best out in me as a player. For numerous reasons it hasn’t worked out for me to stay on at Leicester Tigers, which is a shame.
“It’s been a challenging few years but I have made some great mates and worked with some brilliant people.”