Ulster sign Michael McDonald on one-year deal

Michael McDonald will join Ulster from Western Force
Michael McDonald will join Ulster from Western Force
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Ulster have announced the signing of scrum-half Michael McDonald from Western Force ahead of the 2022/23 season.

McDonald made his debut for Western Force at the age of 19 having played for Dundalk RFC early in his career.

He was also part of the Australia Under 20 side that went on to reach the final of 2019 Junior World Cup.

The 23-year-old also had a brief stint with Waratahs before rejoining Force last year during the Super Rugby Pacific.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be joining Ulster," he told the club's official website.

"It’s always been a goal of mine to get back to Ireland and experience rugby in the northern hemisphere at a professional level. I’m extremely grateful, and I look forward to having a go.”

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland welcomed McDonald to the squad.

“Michael is a promising young half-back who has cut his teeth playing in the southern hemisphere, and he will fit in well with the style of rugby we want to play at Ulster, as he continues to hone his skills in the months ahead.

“We look forward to welcoming Michael to the club as preparations for the new season get underway.”