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Paddy Jackson backed to inspire new French club



Opportunity: Paddy Jackson

Opportunity: Paddy Jackson

Opportunity: Paddy Jackson

Former Ulster out-half Paddy Jackson will be a big hit in France, according to his new employers Perpignan.

The 26-year-old, along with Stuart Olding, had his contract with his home province revoked in April following an internal review.

The pair had previously both been acquitted of rape following a lengthy trial in Belfast's Crown Court.

Perpignan's Sporting Director, Christian Lanta, hailed yesterday's confirmation of the signing.

"Paddy Jackson, in the tradition of Irish tens, knows how to bring his individual qualities to benefit the collective," he said.

"(He's) a proven kicker, a talented playmaker, Paddy can bring his international experience to the team."

The 2003 Heineken Cup finalists were promoted back to the Top 14 last season and will be relying on Jackson to help them re-establish themselves in the top tier.

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The Basque club were previously linked with Elton Jantjies, the out-half who Ulster attempted to sign in an effort to replace Jackson but were rebuffed by the IRFU.

Stuart Olding will also be in France next season with Brive.

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