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Paddy Jackson agrees to join French side Perpignan


By Adam McKendry

Former Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson has agreed a two-year deal to join newly promoted Top 14 side Perpignan for next season.

As revealed by the Belfast Telegraph last week, the 26-year-old had been in talks with the Catalan club as he bids to rebuild his career after having his Ulster contract revoked.

And now he has signed a pact with the Top 14 new boys, who have returned to the top flight for the first time in four years, that will keep him at the Stade Aime-Giral until 2020.

Perpignan had also been strongly linked to Springbok out-half Elton Jantjies - who, ironically, was an Ulster target to replace Jackson - but the former Ireland international was always as a better fit than Jantjies as Jackson will not be required for international matches.

It means both Jackson and Stuart Olding - who signed for Pro D2 club Brive - will ply their trade in France next season after their contracts were revoked by Ulster and the IRFU after an internal review in the wake of the pair being acquitted of rape charges in March.

Jackson had previously been linked with Top 14 giants Clermont Auvergne and with Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks.

The former Methodist College student was also rumoured to be weighing up a move to New Zealand to link up with provincial side Waikato, who recently hired former Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes to lead them this season.

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