Edinburgh Rugby have agreed to loan prop Geoff Cross to Glasgow Warriors until the end of the season following injuries to tighthead props Mike Cusack and Ed Kalman.
The injuries leave the Warriors – who are currently one place outside a top-four playoff finish – shorthanded in a crucial position.
Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons explained that the decision coincides with, but is unrelated to, the confirmation that Cross will leave the club at the end of the season.
He said: “There comes a time in a player’s career, especially when you’ve been at a club for a long period, that you realise you could benefit from something fresh and new, and Geoff [Cross] has secured such an opportunity at a new club.
He has been a great servant of Edinburgh Rugby for a number of years and we wish him all the very best.”
Speaking on the loan move, Solomons added: “Glasgow are in a situation where they have only two fit tighthead props (Moray Low and Jon Welsh).
"They approached us for senior cover in what is an extremely important position, and requested Geoff Cross on loan.
“We agreed to assist them and, in view of the fact that the cut off registration date was midnight last night (Tuesday), we agreed to assist them with emergency, senior cover with immediate effect."
Born in Edinburgh and raised in Galashiels, Cross first wore the black and red in an intercity clash against Glasgow at Hughenden in December 2006 and has gone on to make 130 appearances for the club and earn 28 Scotland caps during an eight-year spell.
He said: “I’ve been an Edinburgh player for a long time now. I’ve made some good friends and shared in some special moments on the pitch.
After eight years and aged 31, I think the time is right to seek a change and a new challenge.
“I’m very excited by this next chapter of my career.”
With Cross out on loan, promising young Scot, Ewan McQuillin, has been promoted from the club's development programme into the squad for this Friday’s clash with Ulster at Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).
The club have also negotiated the early arrival of recently signed prop Simon Berghan from the New Zealand Rugby Union, meaning the player will check in next month instead of next season as originally planned.