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Gloucester prop Paddy McAllister set for return back to Ireland

Paddy McAllister will be heading back to his home country Ireland next season after signing for Connacht.

The prop arrived at Gloucester from French side Stade Aurillac before the 2015/16 season and has gone on to make over 50 competitive first-team appearances.

McAllister thanked fans for their support but admitted that a chance to head back to his homeland and play was too hard to resist.

“Thank you to everyone at Gloucester for the great honour to play for this amazing club, and a special thank you to the fans and the community because, in my four years here, my wife and I have made special memories and friends for life.

“However, the opportunity to play back home in Ireland and close to family and friends as our own family is growing was something that we couldn’t turn down.

“I am really looking forward to a special finish to this season with a special group of players, and end my time at Gloucester with silverware and even more memories made,” he said.

Gloucester’s director of rugby David Humphreys praised McAllister’s spirit and dedication.

“Paddy has been a popular member of the squad during his time here. I’ve known him since he came through the ranks at Ulster and he’s always worked hard at his game and given 100% on the pitch.

“He deserves particular credit for bouncing back after suffering what was a terrible knee injury. For him to battle back and play again at the highest level is testimony to his strength of character.

“Everyone at Gloucester rugby wishes him and his family well for the future,” he said.

MATT WALKER

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