Bristol Bears have announced that they have signed England international back-row Nathan Hughes ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Hughes has signed a three-year deal which will keep him with his new club until the end of the 2021/22 season.
“It’s tremendous to secure Nathan’s signing and to see how excited he is about coming to Bristol and helping us realise our vision,” said Lam.
“He’s a quality rugby player who brings physicality, power and brute strength to our game.
“At 27 years old, we’re excited about how much better he can become as we continue to grow as a team.
“We are striving to be a Champions Cup team and a player of Nathan’s quality can help us along our journey, on and off the field.”
Hughes admits that he is excited about the vision which Lam has for the club.
“When I talked to Pat about the direction of the club and the ambition at Bristol, it really excited me,” Hughes said.
“I’ve spoken to a lot of guys there and they have been really positive about the environment and the unbelievable support for the Bears in the city.
“There’s still a lot I want to achieve and the quality of coaching and the squad at Bristol means that everything is in place to be successful.”
Wasps have also confirmed that Willie Le Roux will leave the club at the end of the season.