Ulster have signed Irish-qualified No 10 Billy Burns from Gloucester on a two-year deal.

The 24-year-old made over 100 senior appearances for the Cherry and Whites since making his debut aged 17 and played 29 times last season, including 24 starts.

He is the younger brother of former England out-half Freddie Burns and played eight times for England U20s.

Burns said:"This is a great opportunity for me to take the next step in my career and I’m very grateful to Gloucester for supporting me in this decision.

"The Ulster squad is brimming with established and developing talent, and it will be exciting for me to challenge myself in a different environment.

"I’m really looking forward to linking up with the squad next week and getting stuck into pre-season training. Hopefully I can show the Ulster supporters what I’m all about and contribute to the team in what is a hugely important season."

Bryn Cunningham, Ulster’s Operations Director said: "We’re delighted that Billy has signed with us for the next two seasons.

"Johnny McPhillips has developed brilliantly and Michael Lowry has shown that he’s a serious talent, but it was critical that we had another recognised 10 with a good level of experience, otherwise we simply would’ve been short of numbers in that area. The addition of Billy now gives us an exciting array of young talent to call upon in the coming years.

"Billy has an impressive range of skills and has gained a considerable amount of experience for an out-half of his age. Importantly, being Irish-qualified, we have no doubt that Billy has the potential to represent Ireland in the near future."

Ulster have been lacking depth at out-half since terminating the contract of former Ireland international Paddy Jackson in April. Jackson subsequently joined Perpignan.