With rumours of Ian Madigan leaving the Top 14 to join up with Premiership outfit Bristol gathering pace in the last 48 hours, the club have now confirmed that the Irish out-half will be leaving France to ply his trade at Ashton Gate.
Signing a three-year deal, the Dubliner will join up with his teammates this summer as he attempts to re-establish himself as one of Europe’s top pivots following his spell with Bordeaux.
— Bristol Rugby (@Bristol_RFC) March 6, 2017
On signing the soon-to-be 28-year-old had this to say to the English club’s official website:
“The opportunity to come to England and prove myself here is one that I relish. 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.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena