Connacht Rugby have re-signed former Ireland U-21 captain Dave Gannon on a one year deal as cover for the injured second row Dave Nolan.
Gannon joined the province in 2005 and made 55 appearances before departing for New Zealand side Southland in 2009 where he spent a year before returning to the northern hemisphere with Exeter Chiefs.
The 28 year old spent last year on the sidelines with a broken leg and coincidentally Connacht head coach Eric Elwood caught up with him about rejoining the west coasters ahead of the pre-season friendly against Exeter in which Nolan broke his leg.
With Connacht’s first foray into the Heineken Cup to begin in November Elwood said Gannon’s experience of the province’s set up would be important.
“We’re delighted to have a player of his caliber in the squad”, Elwood said.
“He’s played here before so he’s been able to fit straight into the setup and he gives us extra options in the second row.”
Dublin-born Gannon spoke of his own excitement at being back in Connacht saying, “I’m looking forward to a big season ahead… I’m looking forward to being a Galwegian again.”