Saturday 21 April 2018

Nottingham sign Connacht lock to one-year deal

Connacht's Danny Qualter during squad training. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Connacht's Danny Qualter during squad training. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

Nottingham Rugby have signed Connacht lock Danny Qualter to a one-year deal with the club confirming the signing on their website on Friday.

Qualter, who made six appearances during last season's Pro 12 winning campaign, leaves the province after nearly seven years in Galway with the 25-year-old playing just 14 times over five seasons at the club.

The former Gaelic football player has had limited opportunities with the presence of Ultan Dillane, Andrew Browne, Quinn Roux and Aly Muldowney over the past few seasons, but Nottingham coach Ian Costello believes Qualter will transition seamlessly into his side after spending the last four years under Connacht head coach Pat Lam.

“At the end of very extensive search inside and outside of England, we identified Danny as the best fit to play with us next season," Costello told the club's official website on Friday.

"He has played within a very similar system and he has a very good understanding of how we play. He has huge athletic potential, is extremely powerful, has a background in other sports and therefore an impressively rounded skill set.

“He’s acquired a lot of experience over the last number of years at PRO12 level, runs the lineout and will add a significant amount of leadership to the group. I expect that he will come in and hit the ground running and will adapt very quickly.  I’m really excited that we have signed someone of Danny’s calibre in terms of his ability and character, further highlighting the club’s ambition moving forward.”

Qualter is Nottingham's fourth new signing for next season after the club previously signed hooker James Penman (Darlington Mowden Park), fly-half Tiff Eden (Worcester Warriors) and fullback Sean Scanlon (Doncaster Knights) to respective deals.

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