Thornbury Cricket Club has signed two of Gloucestershire's biggest names as the club bolsters their ranks ahead of this season's promotion bid.

Gloucestershire club captain Chris Dent and T20 captain Jack Taylor have both joined Thornbury for what the club has described as the 'forseeable future'.

Dent, a homegrown Thornbury player, made his 1st XI debut aged 15.

The left-handed batsmen last played for Thornbury in 2013 but has since amassed more than 12,000 runs for Gloucestershire and established himself as one of the best openers in the country.

All-rounder Taylor joins with Thornbury experience of his own, having played a couple of matches at the start of the 2015 season.

Both players will be a part of the coaching set-up headed up by director of cricket Owen Dawkins, who is also Gloucestershire assistant coach and batting coach,

Dent and Taylor will feature at training sessions and club events and, when not on duty for Gloucestershire, will add their wealth of experience to Thornbury's 1st XI, who are aiming for promotion to WEPL Premier Division 1.

Discussing the news, Dawkins said: “It’s great to have Chris and Jack involved in helping inspire and develop the players at Thornbury.

"Both are very experienced and have great knowledge, with a massive desire to help the next generation."

Taylor added: “It’s a great opportunity to come back to Thornbury, Youth Chairman Harry Hawkins has talked me through the club’s goals and I’m looking forward to being a part of the continued development."

Dent echoed those views by saying: “I feel it’s a great time to return to Thornbury and help the club continue to develop."