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Video: Paddy Jackson says 'bonjour' to fans of new side Perpignan

Former Ireland and Ulster flyhalf Paddy Jackson has taken part in his first training session with his new side Perpignan.

Jackson signed for the newly promoted Top14 side earlier this month following his acquittal alongside his former teammate Stuart Olding at a high profile rape trial in March.

Olding will also be in France next season with Brive.

2003 Heineken Cup finalists Perpignan will be relying on Jackson to help them re-establish themselves in the top tier.

As part of his welcome to the club Jackson appeared in a short video on the club's Twitter page.

Perpignan's sporting director, Christian Lanta, hailed the signing of Jackson.

"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."

Perpignan's Irish flyhalf and former Ulster player Paddy Jackson (L) listens to Perpignan's head coach Patrick Arlettaz (C) during a training session on June 19, 2018 in Perpignan, southwestern France. / AFP PHOTO / RAYMOND ROIGRAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images
Perpignan's Irish flyhalf and former Ulster player Paddy Jackson (L) listens to Perpignan's head coach Patrick Arlettaz (C) during a training session on June 19, 2018 in Perpignan, southwestern France. / AFP PHOTO / RAYMOND ROIGRAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday David Nucifora, the Irish union's performance director who signs off on all contracts from the provinces, said the possibility of Jackson and his former Olding playing in Ireland again could not be ruled out.

Mr Nucifora said that the door remains open for the players to represent Ireland in the future.

Lke all overseas-based Irish players, the pair will not be considered for international selection while they ply their trade abroad.

Perpignan's Irish flyhalf Paddy Jackson (C), former Ulster player, takes part in a training session with teammates on June 19, 2018 in Perpignan, southwestern France. / AFP PHOTO / RAYMOND ROIGRAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images
Perpignan's Irish flyhalf Paddy Jackson (C), former Ulster player, takes part in a training session with teammates on June 19, 2018 in Perpignan, southwestern France. / AFP PHOTO / RAYMOND ROIGRAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images

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