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Jackson signs two-year deal with Perpignan

The fly-half's contracts with Ulster and Irish Rugby were revoked in April. Credit: Inpho

Former Ulster and Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson has signed a two-year contract with Perpignan.

The 26-year-old's contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster was revoked in April following a review into his behaviour after he was acquitted on rape charges.

In a statement on the French club's website, Perpignan sporting director Christian Lanta said, "He is a proven kicker, a talented playmaker, Paddy can bring his international experience to the team."

Jackson and his former team-mate Stuart Olding - who joined French team Brive in May - were cleared in March of raping the same woman following a nine-week Belfast trial.

Jackson had previously been linked with another French side, Clermont Auvergne, as well as Sale Sharks in the Greater Manchester area.

Perpignan secured promotion to the top flight of French rugby last season after a four-year absence.