Connacht Rugby have signed the back-row forward Jarrad Butler on a three-year deal.
Butler, 25 years old, is currently in his fourth season with the Brumbies and also played two seasons with Super Rugby rivals the Reds before that. He is comfortable playing in all three positions across the back row and Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane has said that he hopes he can become a leader for the province.
Speaking after the deal was signed Ruane said, “We are delighted to be signing someone of Jarrad’s rugby ability and believe he will be a big addition to our squad. As a back-rower who is equally adept in all three positions, he brings a huge amount of versatility to the team. He is an extremely talented player who has been on the Wallabies’ radar for some time.”
Ruane went to say that despite Butler’s young age, he already has a great deal of experience in a professional environment and that the team are looking forward to welcoming him at the end of the Super Rugby season.
Butler is the seventh new player to join the Connacht senior team this summer after the arrivals of scrum-half James Mitchell, prop Peter McCabe and second row Gavin Thornbury along with Academy graduates Conor McKeon (scrum-half), Cormac Brennan (utility back) and Pat O’Toole (hooker).
Butler has said that he is hugely looking forward to the new challenge in Ireland.
“I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity to join Connacht,” Butler said.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Brumbies; however, this new set of challenges on the other side of the world is something that I can’t wait to embrace. I look forward to being part of this proud club, meeting the supportive fans and community, and most importantly doing everything I can to help Connacht be successful.”