Ulster step up quest for success with Moore deal
Ulster's plans for next season continued apace yesterday as the province confirmed the mooted capture of Marty Moore, while the Belfast Telegraph understands Ireland lock Kieran Treadwell has committed his future to the Kingspan Stadium outfit.
Moore, the 10-times capped Leinster native, has been plying his trade for Wasps the past two seasons, but has agreed on a switch to Les Kiss's side in time for the start of next season.
The tight-head will give a considerable boost to Ulster's propping stocks, with Rodney Ah You the only member of their current crop with any international experience.
Meanwhile, Treadwell's new deal, which will include a pay bump after the 22-year-old established himself as a real prospect since his arrival in 2016, marks the start of a critical negotiating period for the Kingspan side, who host Benetton tonight.
Rory Best, Jared Payne, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Craig Gilroy and Luke Marshall are among a key contingent with expiring contracts.
While Ulster are yet to confirm Treadwell's extension, Kiss was thrilled with the capture of Moore.
"This is a massive boost to our programme for next season and I must commend Bryn (Operations Director, Bryn Cunningham) for getting this deal tied up so early," he said.
"Marty is someone that I know well from his time with the national side and he's already proven that he's an international-quality player.
"He's a strong scrum and lineout operator, but he also makes positive contributions around the park and that is increasingly important in the modern game.
"At only 26 years of age, I believe that Marty has the potential to get even better and I know that he has the hunger and work ethic to do that. He's determined to earn a starting position in a competitive environment here at Ulster, and also put himself back in contention for Ireland selection off the back of strong performances for us."
Moore himself added: "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of playing for Ulster and it will be brilliant to have the opportunity to work with a few familiar faces.
"I know a number of the players pretty well and they speak very highly of the professionalism of the club and the ambition that it has."