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Ireland out-half Madigan agrees 3-year deal with Bristol

The 27-year-old Dubliner will link up with Pat Lam in the summer.

Madigan in action against South Africa last year.
Madigan in action against South Africa last year.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

IAN MADIGAN’S MOVE to Bristol has been confirmed by the club this morning.

The42 reported yesterday that Ireland out-half Madigan will join the Championship outfit next season after Bordeaux agreed to release him from his contract a year early.

And the 27-year-old, capped 31 times at international level, has signed a three-year deal. He will link up with Connacht head coach Pat Lam, who takes up his new role with Bristol in the summer.

“The opportunity to come to England and prove myself here is one that I relish,” said Madigan. “Bristol Rugby has a clear vision for what they want to achieve and the Club’s philosophy match my own ambitions.

“I know the expansive style of rugby that Pat (Lam) and his coaching team want to play and that excites me. I was so impressed with the vision that was laid out to me, it made it an easy decision to commit to Bristol.

“The culture that the club are building, coupled with a city that loves its rugby, is something that really appeals to me. I’m looking forward to representing Bristol in front of the passionate supporters at Ashton Gate.”

Ian Madigan Madigan leaves Bordeaux at the end of this season. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Current Bristol head coach Mark Tainton added: “Ian is a player we have been looking at for a while

It’s been no secret that we were seeking a world-class fly-half and – with his age profile and experience — Ian fits the bill perfectly.

“He has bought into what we are trying to achieve here. Ian has chosen to commit for three years and we’re delighted to have secured his services with a number of high-profile clubs interested in him.

“With his distribution and goal kicking skills, Ian will be a fantastic asset to us in the fly half position.”

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