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Madigan will boost Ulster on and off field: McFarland


Ian Madigan

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland believes the experience of new signing Ian Madigan can be a great boon to his squad next season.

A move first reported by the Belfast Telegraph, the soon-to-be 31-year-old will arrive at Kingspan Stadium from English Premiership side Bristol in the summer on a one-year deal.

The province's first-choice fly-half Billy Burns is still only 25 while Bill Johnston has grown into the role of back-up as the season has progressed despite still having fewer than 30 professional games to his name.

Recent Academy graduates Mike Lowry and Angus Curtis have both featured at 10 too.

With 30 Irish caps under his belt, as well as experience of playing in the PRO14, Top 14 and English Premiership resulting in a raft of club medals, McFarland thinks the Dubliner will arrive with plenty of wisdom to impart upon his younger new team-mates.

"It's great news that Ian has chosen to make the move to Ulster for the upcoming season," said the head coach.

"Given Ian's skillset, and the fit it can have with our style of play, I'm confident he will be a valuable addition to our squad both on and off the pitch, where he will bring a bank of experience to a group of talented young out-halves.

"I look forward to welcoming him to our province."

Madigan is the side's second new signing ahead of next season, with former All Black scrum-half Alby Mathewson also due to arrive in the summer.

Belfast Telegraph