London Irish have confirmed Paddy Jackson will join them ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Jackson joined Perpignan in the summer of 2018 and now links up with London Irish’s director of rugby Declan Kidney and head coach Les Kiss - a duo familiar to Jackson from his time with Ireland. 

Kidney awarded Jackson his first international cap in 2013, while Kiss worked with the fly-half with both the Ireland national team and Ulster.

"Players of the calibre of Paddy Jackson do not become available very often and both myself and Les are looking forward to working with him in the future" Kidney said.

"He is a player with proven international quality who we feel will add value to our squad, and it is pleasing that Paddy sees London Irish as a part of his future."

Jackson added: "I’m delighted to be joining London Irish next season at such an exciting and pivotal time for everyone involved with the club.

"London Irish have a clear vision for where they want to be and I look forward to being part of it."

The 25 times capped fly-half joined Perpignan after being acquitted of rape alongside Ulster team-mate Stuart Olding.

The pair had their national team contracts revoked by the IRFU following the controversy over social media and text messages they had exchanged.

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