Full-back Jason Woodward will join Gloucester when Bristol’s relegation from the Premierships is confirmed.
According to a Bristol Post report, Woodward had a relegation release clause inserted into his contract when he signed for Bristol.
The 26-year-old’s clause cannot be activated until there is certainty that the side that wins the Championship meets the Premiership’s entry criteria.
Both Ealing trailfinders and Doncaster Knights are either unwilling or unable to move up to the Premiership if they should win their respective play-offs.
The Championship play-offs are currently underway with Yorkshire Carnegie and London Irish on course to face off in the final as they have comfortable leads after winning the first legs of their semi-final ties at the weekend.
Carnegie beat Ealing Trailfinders 34-16 and the Exiles claimed a 35-3 win over Doncaster. This means Bristol’s relegation could be finalised before their last match of the season, against Newcastle Falcons on Saturday.
Woodward has also been linked with moves to Sale Sharks, Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs but is believed to be eager to join Gloucester as he spent time at Hartpury College when he was younger.