Paddy Jackson has officially joined French club Perpignan on two-year deal
The news was announced this morning.
Former Ulster player Paddy Jackson has signed a two-year deal with French club Perpignan.
The Top 14 club confirmed the news with a statement on Friday morning.
Perpignan's sporting director Christian Lanta said that he was looking forward to Jackson bringing his international experience to the team.
Praising the "talented lineman", he said:
"Paddy Jackson, dans la tradition des 10 irlandais, sait mettre ses qualités individuelles au service du collectif ; buteur confirmé, animateur de ligne de talent, Paddy doit apporter au sein de l’équipe son expérience du niveau international."
The statement ends up loosely translating to:
"Paddy Jackson, in the tradition of the Irish number 10, knows how to put his individual qualities at the service of the collective; confirmed goal scorer, talented lineman, Paddy has to bring to the team his experience of the international level."
🚨SIGNATURE OFFICIELLE 🚨
Le Président, @F_Riviere , a le plaisir d'annoncer la signature officielle pour 2 saisons du demi d'ouverture, PADDY JACKSON. https://t.co/qbVnEkosWH#GENERATIONUSAP pic.twitter.com/Du2G66m4pb
— USAP (@usap_officiel) June 8, 2018
The 26-year-old, along with his ex-teammate Stuart Olding, had his contract revoked by the IRFU with "immediate effect" in April.
The decision was made following an internal review of their conduct and behaviour as shown in the recent Belfast rape trial.
Jackson and Olding were both found not guilty of rape and were acquitted of all charges.