Connacht have announced the signing of lock Aly Muldowney on a three-year contract from English Premiership club Exeter.

Twenty-nine-year-old Muldowney is currently in his second season with the Chiefs after starting his professional rugby career at Glasgow.

The Stafford-born second row has spent the last two seasons with the Chiefs, racking up 35 caps in the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup competitions.

Muldowney is Irish qualified by virtue of his father being born in Newbridge.

This season, he featured in five out of six of Exeter's Heineken Cup games in a difficult group with quarter-finalists ASM Clermont Auvergne, winning praise for an outstanding display in the Chiefs win over the Scarlets.

"I also have family in Ireland, who are already really looking forward to seeing more of us." - Muldowney

Muldowney said: "I'm delighted to have signed with Connacht and I'm very much looking forward to joining the club, improving my rugby and adding what I can to the squad.

"I've really enjoyed my time at Chiefs, they are a great club and have a really good squad. Rob (Baxter) and Ali (Hepher) have really helped me improve my game over the last two years.

"I have watched Connacht play in the Heineken Cup this year and they are a really tough side with some great players. We don't have too many places where we can watch the league, but having played Connacht before whilst at Glasgow I know that they are a tough opposition to come up against.

"So I'm really looking forward to being a part of that team and adding what I can. It's an exciting time for the club also, with a new Head Coach coming in.

"My boys and wife are really excited about the move to Galway and for a new adventure.

"I also have family in Ireland, who are already really looking forward to seeing more of us. I just hope we can find somewhere to live with my three dogs too!"