Ian Madigan will move back to Irish rugby next season, with the former Leinster fly-half agreeing a deal with Ulster.
Madigan acted as deputy to Johnny Sexton for both Leinster and Ireland for a number of years. When Sexton departed for France, he acted as first choice at provincial level.
The 30-year old has made 30 appearances for his country, including playing a key role in the win over France in the final pool game of the 2015 World Cup. He also started the defeat to Argentina in the quarter finals.
However, Madigan would sign for French side Bordeaux in 2016, ending his international prospects. He would move to Bristol Bears a year later, but a return to his home country has now been confirmed.
The Irish Independent reported earlier that Madigan was set to sign a deal with Ulster, with his deal in England expiring at the end of the season.
The deal would later be confirmed by the province.
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The player has fallen down the pecking order at Bristol this season, with Pat Lam instead opting for Callum Sheedy.
He would also face no shortage of competition should he move to Ulster. Billy Burns has emerged as a genuine international prospect this season, being involved in Irish training camps on a couple of occasions.
Madigan's experience, as well as his ability to deputise in the centre if required, will be a valuable addition to a team looking to make the next step on the European stage.
With Johnny Sexton set to turn 35-years old in a few months and Joey Carbery continuing to struggle with injuries, the international door may just about be still ajar.