Leinster Rugby have confirmed that centre Noel Reid will join Leicester Tigers from the start of the 2019/2020 season.
The 28-year old made his senior debut for the province against Aironi in October 2011 and has made 120 appearances in a Leinster jersey since then, scoring 103 points. Reid also has one international cap to his name, which came during the summer tour to Argentina in 2014.
He has made 20 appearances for Leinster this season, including five in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Speaking to Leinster Rugby about his departure, Reid said he was sad to leave the team he had grown up supporting.
“It’s obviously sad to be leaving my home club and the club that I supported growing up.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here working with brilliant coaches and great players, and playing in front of amazing supporters at the RDS and at the Aviva. So to move away from that is not a decision that I have taken lightly .
“I’d like to thank my family and friends and all those that have supported me on this journey with Leinster, a journey that really kicked on in school in St. Michael’s College and I’m very grateful to all that played a part.
“That being said, I’m very excited to be joining a club like Leicester, with its history and success in the game, and to become a Tigers player next season.
“Leinster and this place will always be special to me and I hope to finish the season as strongly as possible and hopefully with some silverware with a special group of players.”
Leinster head coach, Leo Cullen, praised Reid, calling him a “hugely important’ member of the squad.
“Noel has been a hugely important member of the Leinster squad over the last number of seasons, representing the team on 120 occasions to date.
“We all however understand Noel’s motivations for a fresh challenge and we wish him the very best with his move to Leicester.
“Before that we hope to share in some more big days together as we look to finish out the season strongly.”