Connacht sign ex-Ulster prop Paddy McAllister from Gloucester

CONNACHT HAVE TODAY announced their first signing for next season with the unveiling of loosehead prop Paddy McAllister from Premiership side Gloucester.

The prop will be 30 when he arrives in Galway after four years under David Humphreys in Gloucester. He played 57 times for the Cherry and Whites after cutting his teeth in his native Ulster with 44 appearances before moving on to Aurillac.

“Paddy is a powerful scrummager and strong ball carrier,” said Connacht forwards coach Jimmy Duffy today.

“He is a player that I have been impressed with and I think he will be a good addition to our squad next season.”

McAllister celebrates Ulster’s progress to the 2012 Heineken Cup final after a win over Edinburgh at the Aviva Stadium. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

McAllister, whose presence could help to ease the workload for the consistently impressive Denis Buckley, added:

“There is no doubt that Connacht are a team on the rise. There is huge excitement surrounding Connacht at the moment both on and off the field and I hope to contribute to that from next season.”

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