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Connacht bring Irish centre Farrell home from England

The 23-year-old centre will join Pat Lam’s side with immediate effect after leaving Bedford Blues.

Tom Farrell in British & Irish Cup action for Leinster in 2013.
Tom Farrell in British & Irish Cup action for Leinster in 2013.
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BEDFORD BLUES HAVE announced that Irish centre Tom Farrell has left the club to join Connacht.

According to a statement from the English Championship outfit, Farrell will return to Ireland and link up with the western province with immediate effect.

“The timing of Tom’s departure isn’t great to say the least, especially as recently he had started to show glimpses of why we signed him,” said Bedford Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer.

“He has been a really valued member of the squad and has worked incredibly hard this season. I guess that’s why Connacht came calling.

“Despite every effort on our part to keep Tom, the chance to go back to Ireland proved too much of a heartfelt draw for him. We certainly hope it works out for him.”

Formerly of Lansdowne, Farrell came through the Leinster Academy but left the province last summer to join Bedford. The 23-year-old has represented Ireland at U20 level and made 12 appearances this season for Bedford.

Having lost their third game in a row on Saturday against Ospreys, Connacht are keen to bring in reinforcements as head coach Pat Lam seeks to contend with a growing list of injury concerns.

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