London Irish’s recruitment drive for the 2018/19 season continues, with the Exiles set to welcome industrious second-row Barney Maddison from Ealing Trailfinders.

The 29-year-old has scored four tries in 17 outings for Ealing this campaign, helping the west London club to second place in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Making the move to Vallis Way from London Welsh midway through the 2016/17 season, Maddison launched his professional career with Rotherham Titans in 2011 where he made more than 90 appearances for the South Yorkshire club.

Enjoying five seasons with the Titans, one of the highlights of his career at Clifton Lane was contesting a two-legged play-off semi-final against Bristol in 2015. Maddison was named in the 2017/18 Championship Dream Team following a solid campaign in Ealing colours.

“I’m really pleased to have signed for London Irish and the move provides me with a fresh challenge that I’m extremely excited about,” said Maddison, who was named Ealing’s Players’ Player of the Season.

“I’ve enjoyed my rugby with Ealing this season, and I’ll be doing everything I can to help London Irish achieve promotion back to the Premiership next season.”

Exiles technical consultant Declan Kidney said: “Barney is a tough competitor and I look forward to welcoming him to Hazelwood in the summer.”

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