Scotland fly-half Finn Russell will join Bath Rugby after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The playmaker is in his fifth season with Racing 92 but will leave following the World Cup in France in October.
The 30-year-old, who joined Racing from Glasgow Warriors, has scored 272 points from 66 matches for the Parisians and played a key role in their run to the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup final.
“To be able to join such a historic, well-supported club is really exciting,” said the 65-cap Scotland star.
“I know players at Bath who speak highly of the environment, and the direction the club is going in is something I want to be a part of.
🎁 𝗔𝗻 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁'𝘀 𝗮 𝗕𝗜𝗚 𝗼𝗻𝗲! 🎁
A man who doesn't really need an introduction…
Welcome to #BathRugby, @Scotlandteam & @lionsofficial fly-half @finn_russell! 💙 pic.twitter.com/M4Lw6uDZVJ
— Bath Rugby (@BathRugby) December 20, 2022
“I’ve enjoyed my time at Racing 92 and I’ve learned a lot. Now is the right time for a new challenge, in a new league, with the aim of moving Bath back to the top end of the Premiership and competing for domestic and European titles.”
Bath head of rugby, Johann van Graan said of Russell’s arrival: “Finn is a world-class player who will significantly add to our squad on and off the field.
“To be able to attract players of Finn’s quality to Bath Rugby is a credit to how far we have come as a club and a group since 11 July.
“We look forward to welcoming his experience, leadership and expertise to the Blue, Black and White.”