Ultan Dillane will be leaving Connacht Rugby at the end of the current season it has been announced today.
Dillane, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has confirmed to the club that he has signed with an as yet unnamed club overseas.
Dillane, who has been with Connacht in one form or another for almost a decade, said that this was one of the hardest decision’s he’s ever had to make, but that it was time for “a new challenge” in his career.
“I am forever grateful to all the coaches and wider staff at Connacht I’ve worked with these past 10 years. You have all helped make my dream of becoming a professional and international rugby player a reality.”
“I’ve also been fortunate to play alongside some incredible players both for Connacht and Ireland, and I have made some friends for life.”
He added that the Connacht supporters are “among the best in the world”, and thanked them for supporting him as well. “The West of Ireland will always be a special place to me,” Dillane said.
“I will be giving absolutely everything to finish my time in Connacht on a high, and help all of us to go on to have a really successful season. This is a team on the up and I’ll forever be a Connacht Rugby supporter.”
Head Coach Andy Friend said that Ultan Dillane has been a “key part” of the club ever since he entered the Academy almost 10 years ago.
“This has not been an easy decision for Ultan however he has been completely open, honest and respectful in how he has engaged with the club on this matter.”
“Whilst it is disappointing for us that Ultan is moving on, we wish him all very best for the future and the next stage of his career.”
“Thankfully, we are very fortunate at Connacht Rugby to have real strength and depth at lock and I look forward to seeing some of our other squad members step up into Ultan’s boots and go on to achieve National honours just like he has.”