Paddy Jackson signs new deal with French club

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By David Hunter

Paddy Jackson has signed a two-year contract with the French top 14 side Perpignan. 

The former Ulster Rugby star was released by the provence earlier this year after a high profile rape trial. 

The 26 year-old was acquitted of all charges alongside team mate Stuart Olding, 25, who's also found a new club. 

Mr.Jackson, a former Irish international, was accused of rape and sexual assault following a party at his home in South Belfast in June 2016.

Following a lengthly trial at Belfast Crown Court he was aquitted of all charges. 

After the case, Mr.Jackson said he was struggling to find new employment as his name and reputation had been damaged. 

The French club - known as USA Perpignan - announced the news on Twitter this morning.

The team was recently promoted to the French Top 14 following several years in a lower league.

Perpignan's Christian Lanta said Jackson "knows how to put his individual qualities at the service of the team". 

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