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Sam Windsor not afraid to make big move to the Kingspan

By Michael Sadlier

Published 03/04/2015

Big deal: Sam Windsor has signed for Ulster
Big deal: Sam Windsor has signed for Ulster

Ulster have again moved on the transfer market with the signing of Australian out-half Sam Windsor from Worcester Warriors on a one-year contract.

The 27-year-old, who is Irish qualified through his parents, will hook up with Ulster in July and challenge Ian Humphreys for a starting spot should Paddy Jackson make the cut for selection in Ireland's World Cup squad.

Douglas has certainly been around the block, though this season has been wrecked by injury with a dislocated shoulder ruling him out shortly after joining English Championship side Worcester on a trial last December. The injury struck before he could make any appearances for the promotion-chasing club's senior team though he is hopeful of a return before the end of the season.

Born in Australia, Windsor was part of the ACT Brumbies Academy but failed to get a Super Rugby contract and then moved to England where he spent two seasons with Blackheath.

He then returned home in 2012 to play club rugby before signing up with Leinster in 2013 on a short-term contract. He was then back again in his native land playing for New South Wales Country Eagles when Worcester came calling before Christmas.

"Ulster presents a new challenge for me. The opportunity to play in the PRO12 and more so the European Champions Cup excites me," Windsor said. "I got a taste of Irish rugby last year while I was with Leinster, but will hopefully get more than that next season."

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