French centre Mathieu Bastareaud is eyeing a "new beginning" after completing a short-term move to Top 14 side Lyon.

Bastareaud announced his retirement from international rugby in June. 

The 30-year-old was left out of Les Bleus provisional squad for the World Cup, with head coach Jacques Brunel citing fitness issues for his exclusion. He won 54 caps since making his debut in 2009. 

Bastareaud left Toulon at the end of the season and will switch to Rugby United New York for six months in December. His omission from the France panel left him with a gap in the calendar, which has now been filled with a transfer to Lyon until after the World Cup.

"It's a new beginning, it's a big change for me," Bastareaud told Lyon's club website.

"After eight years in Toulon, I joined a new club. It's something exciting. I needed to get out of my comfort zone and see something else. I wanted to change air and here I am.

"I will simply give the maximum for Lyon. Even if it's going to be short, I'm going to help this club grow up."