Irish sign Malone

Exiles pick up Harlequins fly-half after limited Quins chances

Last Updated: 17/02/09 10:49am

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Malone: Exiles move

Malone: Exiles move

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London Irish have signed fly-half Chris Malone from Guinness Premier rivals Harlequins.

Australian-born number ten Malone has penned a two-year contract at the Madejski Stadium after finding playing opportunities hard to come by at the Twickenham Stoop.

The 31-year-old former Bath pivot has been playing second fiddle behind Nick Evans at Quins and has now moved on in search of more regular rugby.

Coach Toby Booth says that Irish jumped at the chance to make a quality addition to their playing squad.

"In professional rugby you look for players that have the ability to control a game and the skills execution to do so," said Booth.

Skills

"Chris Malone has demonstrated that he has both in abundance so when the chance came to recruit him for our squad, we didn't hesitate to do so."

Meanwhile, the experienced Malone admitted he is delighted to join the Exiles and looks forward to what the remainder of the season holds.

"I am very excited about joining a great club like London Irish, I have always enjoyed playing at the Madejski," he said.

"Under the guidance of Toby Booth and Mike Catt I feel there is great belief in the club's prospects for the future and that is something I was very keen to be a part of.

"Their willingness to attack is how I like to play rugby and I hope to bring my skill set and experience to a very exciting playing squad."

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